Fifi is fortunate that she loves to cook and bake, which is maybe just as well considering her brothers allergies are genetic and there is a possibility she will one day have a child of her own that will have some, if not all or more, allergies that her brother currently has.This learning to cook is an essential life skill that everybody should learn. My dad was a chef to trade and back in the day that H&S had never been thought of I remember at ten and eleven years old going to work with my dad and helping out in the kitchens. I watched him cook and bake and some of the work he use to produce was artistically out of this world. I brought up all my children to be comfortable in the kitchen, and now my daughter is passing on that confidence and love of cooking to her children.
So at the weekend Fifi collected together her favourite recipe books, did a menu plan for the week, wrote out all the ingredients she needed for everything and then rewrote it into a shopping list so that all her fruit and veg were first, then the meat etc so that she had each written into categories to make the shopping easier.
So her plans for the week are
Monday - Minestrone Soup and garlic bread
Tuesday - Spaghetti Bolognaise
Wednesday - Roast chicken and all the trimmings including Yorkshire
puddings ( these are non Bob friendly) Mummy will help with lifting this in and out of oven. this is a new one for Fifi - normally Mummy buys ready cooked frozen chicken pieces for Fifi to use.
Thursday Chicken salad with greens and salad
Friday - Chicken Curry with boiled rice with mixed veg through it
Saturday - lunch - tuna and sweetcorn bagels (Bob will have Bob friendly rolls instead of bagels)
Saturday - tea time - Minestrone soup and garlic bread again ( as this is Fifi's favourite food to make)
Sunday - Home made pizza ( not Bob friendly) and home made potato wedges
So as today was Monday when I picked the children up I also picked up a pile of ingredients to enable Fifi to make our tea tonight.
She makes this from a book called Munch Crunch 2 - Recipes for change - Produced by NHS Ayrshire and Arran. The book states " the recipes in this book are part of a pilot project used by Community Food workers across North Ayrshire. The aim of the project was to increase awareness and the benefits of healthy eating" You can see more about their project here
|Fifi chopping the sweet potato|
I tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large onion
1 large or 2 small carrots
1 stick celery ( we omitted this as we dont like it)
400g tin chopped tomatoes
half tin cooked beans ( Fifi brought baked beans)
half cup dried pasta ( we used Bob friendly)
1 cup frozen mixed vegetable
1 litre of vegetable stock
|adding to the pan|
quarter tube tomato puree
pinch of dried mixed herbs (optional if wanted)
1) Peel and chop onion and carrot, wash and chop the celery. I did the onion Fifi did the carrot and we added a sweet potato as she has not tried them. I cut this in half to give flat edges for cutting on she did rest)
2) add oil to saucepan, and chopped veg and heat gently for about 10 mins stirring from time to time
|all the vegetables in|
( I showed Fifi here that you can add stock cubes and then water to the pan rather than pouring a large amount of boiling water over cubes in a jug as she is not allowed to do that for herself for obvious safety reasons)
4) Bring to the boil, cook for 5 minutes and then add the pasta.
5) continue cooking and stirring for approx 15 mins until veg and pasta are soft
6) add puree and season with herbs and black pepper to taste
We put some shop bought garlic bread into the oven at the same time as we added pasta to the pan.
|the best bit - eating it|
Bob gets a gluten free roll with home made dairy free garlic butter to go with his.
These sorts of recipes highlight that it is possible to feed a child like Bob with healthy eating, and even a nine year old can manage it as she has lived it all day every day for six years now and is probably much more aware of food groups than most children.
Here are a few other pictures of other nights cooking at home