Monday, 10 September 2012

Family Food - Frittata Taverymuch

Imagine this scenario.

  • You can't be bothered to make a meal.
  • You have hee haw Magraw in the cupboards.
  • You have lost track of time, and the Wee Yin is starving. There's only so much emergency breadstick this Bairn can take!
Here follows an easy and nutritious meal! If you're unfamiliar with it, frittata is basically an omelette with veggies in. Is it? I think so - well this one is! Please don't tell me if I'm wrong. I was really excited about sounding pure knowledgable in the foodie department. Theoretically minimal mess, as it's really finger food, although The Bairn can pebble-dash my dining room walls with pretty much any edible substance. And the inedible too.

All you needs eggs, and stuff! what I find TRULY BRILLIANT is frozen veg - those packets of peas, sweetcorn, tinily chopped carrots and peppers etc.


Small non-stick frying pan and olive oil
2 eggs for a baby/toddler
Full fat milk
Small veg - think peas, finely chopped and cooked anything really
Maybe a potato or sweet potato.

  1. Cook your veg. I like to steam it - retains more vitamins that way.
  2. If using potatoes - leftovers are great, just dice them and fry them in the pan you're using for the frittata, until golden coloured. Otherwise, boil until tender in thin slices or finely diced, dry off (by leaving without water in a hot pan for a bit) and then fry up.
  3. So your potatoes and veg are fried up a little in olive oil - now sprinkle on grated cheese.
  4. Beat eggs and a splash of full fat milk in a jug.
  5. Pour over veggies in frying pan.
  6. Fry until bottom looks golden, top just cooked.
  7. If required, brown top off under the grill.
Sweet potatoes, peas and cheddar in ours...


For an adult version (too salty for the sprogs) fry some chorizo, red peppers and chilli in with your potatoes - maybe a bit of spinach or rocket in there too. The possibilities are practically endless!

Disclaimer - Some possibilities may be absolutely rank.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Family food - Gnocchi

There are 3 indisputable facts about Gnocchi:

  1. No living person knows how to pronounce the word "gnocchi".*
  2. Historically, we KNOW there must (surely?) have been at least three more vowels in there.*
  3. It can be made at home. You don't even have to have Italian ancestry.
* Not necessarily actual facts, as such.

I've found quite a few gnocchi recipes online and in books at home - even in the 9-12 months section of a baby cookery book. For my 10 month chunk of a Bairn, I halved the final lumps when they were cooked, I'm always paranoid about choking! But I've since found a more baby friendly shape - and will describe that method instead. The final pictures do not correspond with the method! You'll have to use you beautiful imaginations until I make it again and take more photos.

  • 6oz diced white potatoes (7oz if baking them)
  • 4oz diced sweet potatoes or butternut squash (5oz if baking)
  • 6 tablespoon of plain flour
  • Egg yolk
  • Seasonings optional - pinches of nutmeg, black pepper, cinnamon (salt if not for a child under a year old)
  1. Cook your veg first. Either steam them for 15 minutes (until tender); OR bake them whole in an oven at 180 degrees C, for an hour or so. If you have the time to bake, your gnocchi will be much lighter and easier to handle as a dough.
  2. Mash potatoes etc together in a flat bottomed bowl.
  3. Stir in flour, egg yolk and seasonings. Add more flour or water as required until you have an easy to handle, light dough.
  4. Make into teaspoon sized dumplings, press with fork so they're flattened and grooved (ie not what's in my photos!), easier for a wee one to handle.
  5. Bring a large pan to the boil.
  6. Pop about 8 dumplings in at a time, once they're done they'll rise to the top. Takes a couple of minutes.
  7. Serve with chopped tomato, peas, spinach, cheese, pesto - whatever you fancy.
mashing it up....

Aaaaaargh! I've created a monster!!

Not how yours should look! More disc-like with ridges, for babies.