Cooking with Babease Baby Food: Last week I was invited to try my hand at cooking up some little treats for Kipper. Now anyone that knows me well knows I am not a cook! So I was a little nervous to say the least especially when then full ramifications of what we were cooking came to light. Curry, muffins and pea fritters – oh my! Hubby doesn’t let me anywhere near the kitchen for good reason, yet here I was with a group of lovely ladies including Donna (What the Redhead said) and Laura (Dear Bear and Beany) doing just that.
However I need not have worried as I was in safe hands with the chef and a nutritionist of Babease. Yes that’s right their range of food for babies (not baby food) is developed by an actual chef and nutritionists.
For those of you who have not come across Babease before they specialise in vegetable-based recipes for little ones that use the best quality, locally sourced organic ingredients, never hiding fruit behind a vegetable title. Every ingredient is used for a reason – to be nutritious, & to get those taste buds tingling & palates broadened. The ingredients we were using were the same ingredients and it was fascinating to hear about the relationships Babease has developed with local suppliers.
First we got to work making a Keralan Pumpkin and Chickpea Curry. It’s a very strange feeling cooking in someone else’s kitchen. Only we weren’t just cooking in anyone’s kitchen, we were testing out our skills at Catcus Kitchen which is no other than Michel Roux cooking school. Babease is founded by a husband and wife duo, Tom one half of that duo is also head chef. While he was chopping onions, adding spices and teaching us how to cook rice properly. He explained why the brand had come about. Many of their friends would feed their children food pouches for convenience due to busy lifestyles, multiple kids and simply juggling the demands of a working family. However many of these pouches were fruit heavy, often masking the vegetables behind fruit flavours. This had always been one of my concerns about using premade food.
Tom and his team have specifically set out to change this and increase the flavours being used. Starting babies weaning on vegetables means that these tastes are more readily accepted as they get older. Not only that by including herbs and spices you are giving baby the best possible start to trying new tastes and ultimately broadening their palette. Especially between he ages of 4-7 months when its important to try and give them as many flavours as possible.
After getting the Curry going we moved into making muffins. One of the actual ingredients into the mix was their very own pea and pumpkin food pouch. I would never have thought of using baby food in a recipe but it’s a great way to increase little ones vegetable intake. And oh my goodness it was sooo easy. I was really impressed with how they turned out especially since they only took about ten minutes to throw together and then twenty minutes in the oven.
Our final challenge was to make fritters, now I can’t make pancakes so the thought of having to make fritters scared me. Using frozen peas as a base I was amazed by how easily they all came together. And I was actually pretty good at it.. well they tasted good even if they didn’t quite look the part.
So it turned out that I can cook.
The best part though was sitting down and eating! Kipper really enjoys the Babease food pouches, we have been fans for quite some time. They are out go to pre-made baby food, partly because I know he will generally eat what is out in front of him unlike other brands we have tried. Secondly I also like the fact that they are made in the UK, and are 100% organic. The packaging has recently changed with the cardboard sleeves being removed although thankfully they have retained my favourite bit. The little pie chart on the back which is an easy visual aid that shows you exactly what is included. I can see at a glance all of the ingredients used, its really handy and I wish that all manufacturers did it.
Babease is now being stocked in Tesco, Occado, Boots and Amazon. With a wide range of varieties already available and a planned release of around thirty products this year, they are definitely leading the way when it comes to food for babies (not baby food).
Thank you Babease for our invite I had a great time and it had reaffirmed my choice to use Babease food pouches. Meeting Tom and the team, understanding their motivations for setting up the business and hearing how passionate they are about food and nutrition, makes me realise we are in very safe hands.
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