All posts tagged: Kid Food

Easy Recipe Ideas: 3 Ingredient Diwali Laddoos

The school our son goes to has one day of the week dedicated to cooking and kitchen skills. From peeling and cutting to making something edible, with minimal help, these kids are learning some basic life skills and absolutely loving it. Recently, they made coconut laddoos with just three ingredients. They look and taste delicious, and best of all, kids can do this all by themselves. Ingredients: Makes about 10 pieces 2 cups desiccated coconut (plus 3 tbsp more for top coating) 1 cup condensed milk 2 tbsp Rooh Afza syrup Method: Combine all ingredients, making sure the syrup is well blended. Divide this mixture into 10 parts and roll each into a ball between your palms. Coat this with the extra coconut. This will stay outside at room temperature for 2 to 3 days or in the fridge for a week. The blush pink colour looks gorgeous. Note: Some links are part of an affiliate program, which means that if you click on a link and buy something, I might receive a percentage of …

colouful bowl with scoops of frozen yoghurt with fresh strawberries

Quick and Healthy Recipe Ideas: Frozen Strawberry Yoghurt Treat

Strawberry season is almost upon us. And even though the summer’s almost over, there’s no reason to skip on the frozen treats. This also lasts well in the freezer, so you can also save it for next summer. Ingredients 8-10 pieces of fresh strawberries (stalks removed) 200gm Greek yoghurt ¼ cup honey Method: Blend all ingredients in a mixer. If you like your frozen yoghurt a little chunky, then don’t blend too long. Transfer to a flat tray or dish and freeze for a few hours. You can also freeze them in popsicle moulds. Scoop and enjoy. Top with more honey, strawberries, or sprinkles. This sorbet is super easy to make and a much healthier option than store-bought varieties.

Kid making rotis while his mom supervises

Kids in the Kitchen: Kitchen Chores by Age

I am not fond of cooking. I cook for sustenance or because I happen to be craving something, rarely ever for enjoyment. I first saw the programme Masterchef Australia Kids before I had even thought of having kids. The show gave me a new perspective on how they could be helpful to have! Do men belong in the kitchen? Jokes apart, I was sure I wanted to raise a child who would be self-sufficient and independent. Especially as a mother of a boy in South Asia, I’d did not want him to grow up to be a man-child. I’d seen enough men who couldn’t find their way around a kitchen even to get a glass of water, and the women (mother, wife or sister) who found it funny or exasperating but never did anything to correct that behaviour. My husband has, over time, become pretty proficient in the kitchen. He took up more kitchen duties after our son was born. Our kid has not known a day when his dad hasn’t been part of the …

Child with a curry leaves plant in home balcony

Getting Back to the Basics: How to grow your own food?

Have you ever thought about growing your own food? It doesn’t interest me, to be honest. It’s too much work. However, during the lockdown, I had some time on hand, and I wanted my son to experience the joy of growing something from seed then harvesting it to eat. We have a small balcony garden, so I wasn’t sure how to accommodate growing vegetables. We started small by growing some methi (fenugreek) from seeds from the spice cupboard. We just used a paper cup with holes poked at the bottom. They were quick to sprout, and the handful of micro-greens were enough to make one roti for my son. He was mighty pleased. Armed with some confidence, we turned an unused under-bed storage box into a flatbed by drilling holes at the bottom and filling it with soil. We planted some spinach and amaranth seeds.  Once they grew about 7 to 8 inches long, we harvested the leaves by cutting just the matured leaves and leaving the stem as is. This way, we got another …

Baby, sitting on a high chair, eating eggs on his own and smiling

Parenting basics: What is Baby-led Weaning?

Teaching good eating habits is a skill that’s important to learn. If you’re a parent, grandparent, or caregiver, you’ll want to encourage your baby to try different foods as soon as possible. Not only will this build their appetite for mealtime, but it’ll help them identify new tastes and textures as young children. Wherever I’ve lived in India, I’ve always seen babies being chased by their caregivers with a piece of food to stuff down their mouths. Homes, playgrounds, and even in restaurants. Whether it’s the twentieth bite of rice and dal, or a cookie (which makes me think if you’re going to force-feeding your child why not just make it a healthier fare?), there’s a child running away from it.  I was sure I never wanted to do that. There had to be a better way. My research saved us all. What is baby-led weaning? Baby Led Weaning is a gentle but effective approach to teaching your baby to eat well. Baby led weaning basically means you follow your baby’s cues while introducing solids. …

Mom and her baby lying next to each other smiling

Breastfeeding Basics for Beginners: What they don’t tell you

While I was pregnant, getting closer to my due date, I did all the research I could on what to expect once the baby was in your arms. Research calms me. It gives me a semblance of control over a world of chaos. And Boy! Was my world going to get chaotic! The one thing I never looked into was breastfeeding. I knew I wanted to breastfeed my baby but never researched it because I thought I didn’t need to. It’s the most natural thing in the world, they said. It’ll happen automatically and immediately, they said.  Liars! Breastfeeding is not a natural talent Breastfeeding problems are not uncommon among new mothers. However, breastfeeding awareness is shockingly low. Let’s start from the very beginning.  As soon as my baby boy was out and his vitals checked, he was handed to me for a quick suckle at the nipple. More of a comfort thing I was told, as the milk wouldn’t have come in yet. Once we were settled in our room, the nurse had to …