When my Mum died, us four siblings gathered at her house for the final big clean – we were all in our 20s and it was a nostalgic time of remembering, of laughing, of crying, of reliving our childhood all over again.
Opening the freezer door brought back all sorts of memories, loaves of white bread, a staple of the 60s and 70s, pork chowmein, a culturally exotic dish when we were growing up, shepherds’ pie, leftover lambs fry and bacon AND pottles of Mum’s stew – famous for all the wrong reasons!
Mum was a great cook, but THAT stew, us kids hated it! The mere smell of it made my mouth go dry, and my sphincter tighten. Captured in a light, watery gravy were carrots the size of a small outhouse, lumps of brown floating beef, scraggly bits of onion, the odd pea here and there and a taste of pure blandness, apparently good for feeding to small children – none of us volunteered to take a pottle home.
Today our babies are much luckier. We know the long-held belief that baby food should be bland or sweet tasting is incorrect. We know the addition of garlic, ginger, herbs and spices not only enhances a baby’s taste buds and sets them up for a lifetime of trying new flavours, but it provides strong nourishment and helps with overall gut health.
The Baby Pantry is committed to cooking healthy, tasty, nourishing food for your baby (no blandness allowed), all made from scratch and lovingly prepared by our own hands – sorry Mum, your stew didn’t make the cut!
The Baby Pantry meals are unashamedly different for a number of reasons. They're only good ones and they're all great for the health of your baby.
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Where there is a Wish, there is a Way say the Make-A-Wish foundation and it got me thinking about our young Kiwi Mums and what they might wish for during those very busy “bringing up baby” years.
I’ve spoken to lots of mothers over time and although wine and sleep also feature pretty high on the list, the overall consensus seems to be that cleaning and food are the number one “wish someone would do that for me” priorities.