- "Smash" mashed potatoes and peas and microwave cuboid cod in parsley sauce.
- Baked bean "casserole" ie baked beans, kidney beans, ketchup and pasta mixed up.
- Schwartz Tuna Napolitana packet sauce. With pasta.
And, for your information, Doubting Doris, Tuna Napolitana is a dish fit for a king. In fact, I am pretty sure it's what Queen Liz had for her supper after the Jubbly celebrations. Not entirely a fact, but a well-founded (or completely unfounded, depending on how you look at it) assumption. It was served with an aperitif of Banana Concorde and followed by Mint Angel Delight, Prince Pip's favourite pudding. His was, of course, transported to hospital post-haste by a couple of Beefeaters, as he was a bit poorly.
Anyway THE POINT IS that I have invented my own version, a scrumptious and healthy meal suitable for babies and adults alike.
Half an onion chopped finely Clove of garlic, pressed Dessert spoon of tomato purée 6 tomatoes (skinned if you can be bothered), chopped finely Half a tin of tuna in spring water Handful of grated cheddar Optional spinach Pinch of Italian herbs Full fat milk Pasta - I use macaroni or halved shells for The Bairn, he is 8 months with teeth. When he was younger I'd have blended it a bit.
- Cook pasta until fairly soft so easily eaten by baby
- Fry onion until soft in a little olive oil (saucepan)
- Add garlic and tomato purée
- After a few minutes add tomatoes
- Simmer for about 10 minutes on a low heat, until it looks a bit saucy
- Stir in tuna and cheese
- Add spinach - if you like. I use prefrozen discs of spinach
- Add herbs
- Take out baby's pasta, cool in cold water. Mix in with a wee portion of sauce and a bit of full fat milk to cool it down further. The Bairn eats his on his high chair tray with his fingers. Leftover sauce, I give him with a spoon.
- For the grown ups - just put it together and serve.
The Other Half, who detests fish in any shape or form, enjoyed a tuna spattered hob, highchair and floor whilst tucking into leftover ham salad.