Half term hangover and weaning joys

Rice and “curry”: a Ted-shaped milestone

Two things have been different for me since New Year; blogging more regularly and Ted going to preschool twice a week – see how the two are connected?

Last week, the week where I was exhausted after the three charity cupcake sales, was half term and although Ted is not yet at school, his preschool and most of the things I take him too shut down. Having got used to a bit of long awaited me-time recently, this came as a bit of a shock to our routines.  We had plans for various day trips which meant that I wasn’t at home much to cook new things for the blog.  Furthermore I still have some charity cupcake orders to deliver on for Cake A Difference.

So this week, Ted is back at preschool having a lovely time and I’m clearing up a trail of destruction around my house and bracing myself for this month’s Daring Bakers, a birthday cake delivery, a trip to Cambridge to visit a friend and dinner out with Michelle from Greedy Gourmet all happening on the same day. I could have planned this better….

Well ok, he probably does prefer fish fingers and chips…

(The lips are Bliss Kiss it Better stickers from the cupcake sales)

The meal you see at the top of this post was something of a milestone for us. Ted likes his food very much these days as you can see him here eating fish fingers and chips in a cafe.  But it wasn’t always like that.  Twelve months ago I still couldn’t get him beyond yukky slop in jars – he either rejected stuff I made or was sick afterwards.  I wanted to wring Annabel Karmel’s neck until I discovered her chilled meals for toddlers in the supermarket which were one of the first real meals Ted would eat.

So it was with some delight recently that I finally got him eating RICE, albeit smothered in an onion sauce.  Since doing Ten in Ten, one of my goals has been to eat my evening meals with Ted rather than later on with my husband after Ted has gone to bed. This has meant I’ve been more likely to feed him little bits of stuff I’m eating that either wouldn’t be practical to give him on his own or he had rejected in the past.  My husband and I eat a lot of curry so on this particular evening I prepared the spinach and lentils simply with garlic (which Ted loves) and got my heat kick from some spicy chicken whilst Ted enjoyed chopped up chipolatas.  He gobbled it all up and we were both very happy.

In case you are wondering, the Ted meal I photographed was assembled the next day from left overs. It would be a very bad food blogger indeed that kept a two year old waiting for their dinner whilst it was being photographed!

Then on Saturday, Ted was packed off to Gourmet Burger Kitchen with my husband and I met up with Mowie from Mowielicious for lunch at Ottolenghi in Notting Hill. I recently bought the Ottolenghi book but apart from the chocolate macarons, have not had chance to cook anything from it yet. At their counter I saw all sorts of familiar dishes that have been cooked by my blogging friends; broccoli as made by Deeba at Passionate About Baking, aubergine salad with saffron yogurt as seen on Meeta’s What’s For Lunch Honey?  

I ordered a delicious sweet potato salad and skipped home hoping to find the recipe but alas, it was not in there. Never fear, I hear there is a second Ottolenghi book due out this summer so perhaps my salad will be in there.

The desserts you see above are my chocolate, Baileys and mascarpone cake and Mowie’s passionfruit meringue tarts.  

Jeanne at Cook Sister , in association with Blogger Aid, has organised an online raffle to raise money for the earthquake victims of Haiti.  It is a week long event ending on Sunday 28th February with lots of brilliant prizes donated by food bloggers.

For tickets and further information click through to Jeanne’s post at Cook Sister.

It seems a bit pithy to mention my book giveaway after telling you about the Haiti raffle but if you’ve not entered already and would like to then you still have until midnight on Friday 26th February to comment on this post and enter to win a copy of Ching-he Huang’s Chinese Food in Minutes.


  1. faithy, the baker says

    Ted is so adorable! You must be very much relieved that he now eats more food. I know how it is like to get kids to get their food. My teenage son still refuses to eat anything that he is not familiar with and being autistic he only wants to eat those few same food he had as a toddler..and now that he is physically bigger & taller than me, i can't force anything down on him. I always keep my fingers crossed that he doesn't fall ill because feeding him medication is a real headache now!

    BTW, i love the meringue tart..so pretty!

  2. Heavenly Housewife says

    I cant wait to get my hands on that second ottolenghi book. I ate their once and thought it was amazing, particularly their cheesecake with macadamia nuts (its in the book). Only one complaint about the place: how comes no hot food?
    I hope to go back soon though.
    *kisses* HH

  3. Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella says

    Sarah, you are so busy! I was exhausted just reading your schedule! You are so lucky being able to go there. I wish I had gone there on my last London trip.

  4. BonjourRomance says

    Bonjour Sarha,
    You really are a busy lady. Little Ted is just adorable and looks very hungry eating up those fish and chips. Those passionfruit meringue tarts looks so good. I'll head over to Cook SIster now to read about the raffle.
    Take care

  5. Asha @ FSK says

    :)) I bet it was a wonderment when he started eating food.. Apparently, I was a hog at that age :)) everybody seems to have this Ottolenghi book.. where did you all get it?!

  6. Morwenna Ellis-Philips says

    Congratulations to you and gorgeous Ted, I am sure there will be no stopping him now!
    Morwenna xo

  7. Mowie @ Mowielicious says

    I had such a great time on Saturday – loving Otto's more and more every time I visit. I'd say I'm becoming obsessed! x

  8. deer baby says

    Hooray for Ted eating more different foods and hooray to you for persevering. Funnily enough I was listening to Jay Rayner talk about this very subject last night. My sister takes hers to a Fussy Eaters club but I'm not sure that's drawing more attention to it.

    Thought of you yesterday when I was reading an article in The Guardian about Selfridges new macaroon bar by Sybil Kapoor. Bet you'll visit won't you if you haven't already.? I am jealous of your Notting Hill lunches.

  9. MaryMoh says

    Ted is so adorable! What joy it is to see children like their food! I'm really impressed to see that you juggle your time well despite all the busyness. Well done, Sarah!

  10. Kajal - Aapplemint says

    your son Ted is so adorable, those are such cute pictures. I'm hoping my kid eats everything too … he's just a little short of 6 months … lol but I've already planned what veggies I'm going to introduce to him at an early age so he leans to eat it all.

  11. Mr. P says

    The passionfruit meringue cake looks stunning. I need to check this place out next time I am in the Big Smoke.

    Thanks for checking me out by the way! :)