May 9, 2010
I wasn’t going to cook this weekend. I was going to take off, leave meals up to others. But I love feeding my family. My sons, especially. It’s part of how I mother. And what better way to celebrate mother’s day than to savor the ways that I love mothering, the ways that I love making my boys happy.
So, I cooked. I made a delicious brunch, complete with homemade ice cream (more on that soon!). And, I started the day with a ridiculously tasty puree that everyone—even the Hungry Papa—went gaga over. It’s a simple combo of steamed plums and prunes (i.e., dried plums) mixed with almond meal, cardamom and a dash of cinnamon. The baby ate it plain (and then again mixed with steamed quinoa), Hungry Papa mixed it into his oatmeal and the Hungry Boy and I had some with our plain yogurt. (It kind of reminded me of my favorite fruit yogurts by Liberte.) Out of control good.
If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that, even though the Hungry Baby is only 6 1/2-months-old, he’s eating everything. Really. Strawberries, nuts, eggs. The whole shebang. If your baby doesn’t have a personal or family history of allergies, you may want to consider the same (talk to your pediatrician about what’s best for you guys). Otherwise, until your little one is eating nuts, skip the almonds.
Enjoy. And I hope you had a wonderful mother’s day.
Cardamom Pear Almond Plums
make 1/2 cup of puree
(can be fed to kids 6+ mos)*
1 pear, 1″ dice**
2-3 prunes, quartered
2 Tbsp almond meal
1/4 tsp cardamom
1. Steam the pear and prunes (together).
2. Puree with almond meal, cardamom and cinnamon. Add water, if necessary, to reach desired consistency, which will vary depending on how you use this puree.
*Note: See end of post above about feeding beginner eaters almonds.
**Note: Though pears have fallen off of the 2010 dirty dozen list (where they’ve consistently been in years past), 28 different pesticides are used on them. Whenever possible, it is recommended that you buy organically grown pears, especially when feeding very young children.