Rise and Shine Feature – Cooking Baby Food with Angela Jacobsen

Angela Jacobsen, OzSuperNanny, shared recipes from her book 'Baby Food' at Rise and Shine Expo
Angela Jacobsen, OzSuperNanny, shared recipes from her book ‘Baby Food’ at Rise and Shine Expo

From 27 to 29 September 2013, Rise and Shine Expo, an informative expo to raise happy and healthy children was held in Singapore. There were more than 100 seminars, workshops and trial classes, including cooking demonstrations! Angela Jacobsen, also known as OzSuperNanny, shared recipes from her book Baby Food.

Angela Jacobsen, also known as OzSuperNanny, has worked with children in different countries for more than 15 years, including for celebrities and also ordinary parents needing help. Angela has studied child care, personality development and pediatric first aid. We have been hanging out over GooglePlus and many of our hangouts are here.

 Angela’s Tips

Angela shared a few tips on weaning and baby feeding during the cooking demonstration, including:

Weaning – Weaning is when your baby goes from milk to solid food, usually at about 6 month-old. Parents can also observe that your baby has strong head and neck control as well as the tongue thrust reflex is gone. Some first foods to try with your baby are potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, apples, pears & bananas.

Cooking Tips – Foods like banana and avocadoes can simply be mashed, without cooking. Foods that require cooking can be steamed or prepared using baby food cooker that has multiple functions. Pureed foods can be frozen or kept in the fridge for 3 days. Ice cube trays can be used to freeze the pureed foods, and when frozen, transfer the cubes to ziplock bag and labelled. They can then be used, one cube at a time, when required.

Allergic Reactions – When giving foods for the first time, give only one new fruit or vegetable every 2 days so that any allergic reaction can be observed. Foods can be mixed after each has been given to your baby and no adverse reaction observed.

Baby Food’s Recipes

Angela shared a few recipes from her book ‘Baby Food’, and listed below are the recipes shared during Rise and Shine Expo Cooking Demonstration!

Baby Dahl

This is for babies 8 months and over.

Cook half a cup of red lentils. Dice and cook one carrot. Place red lentils and carrot into the blender and add a pinch of ground turmeric, fresh coriander and cumin. Blend to puree.

Baby Chicken Hotpot

This is for babies 6 months and over but be sure to test each ingredient (to observe any allergic reaction) before mixing them for this recipe.

Boil ½ cup red lentils for 45 minutes. Drain. Dice and cook 1 chicken breast, 1 carrot, 1 celery stick and 1 onion. Cool 1 cup of frozen corn kernels. Mix all the ingredients together in blender and pureed.

This recipe can be for the whole family; for the younger ones, check for lumps and allow the dish to cool before serving. For older children, this can be served as it is. For adults, seasoning such as salt, pepper and chilli can be added.

Vivian Pei helped with the cooking demonstration at Angela’s workshop and more of Vivian can be read at this post on our google hangout! Next week, we will cover more of Angela’s recipes from her Baby Food book.

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