One for Sophia, two for mummy.

I don’t know how she arrived at this equation but it was so cute: I cut up strawberries for us to share this morning and of course she was allowed to pick them out of the bowl herself while I fed myself. Initially. After a while she decided to wriggle so much that I had to hold her with one arm and hold the bowl with the other, leaving none to pick strawberries up for myself. So Sophia very kindly decided she’ll feed mummy for a change. And when she first started doing it I thought she had enough and was trying to get rid of the leftovers by dumping them into my mouth, which is what she does with food she doesn’t like. But after feeding me 2 pieces she fed herself one piece, and repeated the pattern. How cute is that? Not one piece each, not random switching around but 2 for mummy, 1 for Sophia.

Unlikely but successful recipes

After I prepared these purees the smell really put me off. When I told my parents what they contained, my parents were appalled. But Sophia is loving them. Try at your own risk.

Strawberry dessert

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries 1 punnet
  • Bittergoard one 2 finger thick slice
  • Purple chinese spinach 5 stalks

Method:

  1. Wash and chop up bittergoard and strawberries.
  2. Pluck leaves off chinese spinach and peel off fibrous outer layer of stem.
  3. Steam for 5 minutes
  4. Drain off excess liquid and blend

Odd Cod

Ingredients:

  • Approximately 200g of cod fish
  • 1 purple potato
  • 5 stalks of purple chinese spinach
  • 4 strawberries
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoons butter

Method:

  1. Peel and slice one clove of garlic. Peel the other clove and set aside.
  2. Peel and chop potatoes into 1cm cubes.
  3. Cut strawberries into halves and remove stem
  4. Pluck leaves off spinach and remove fibrous outer layer from stem
  5. Fry sliced garlic in butter till golden
  6. Add cod and lightly brown both sides
  7. Add potatoes and half a cup of water
  8. Simmer till cod cooked through and potatoes are soft. Turn up the flame to reduce the water till a thick stew forms. Meanwhile add spinach and stir
  9. Once sufficiently thick remove from heat and add strawberries and remaining garlic clove. If spinach wilts before stew thickens, remove it from stew to prevent overcooking it.
  10. Blend mixture.

Sophia gives both these recipes her stamp of approval despite the strong bittergoard taste in the first and the pungent garlic in the second. She’s a weirdo but I’m loving it.