Tuesday, 25 August 2009
The Babycotpod™ was born!
Babycotpod™ products are currently in development and will hopefully be available to buy at the end of the year '09.
Suitable from 6 months
Suitable for freezing
Prep time 8 minutes
Cooking time one and a quarter hours
One of the best ways to introduce red meat is to combine it with a sweet tasting root vegetable like sweet potato.
1 leek, washed and sliced (approx 150g)
125g braising steak, cut into cubes
1 tbsp flour
275g sweet potato, peeled and chopped
100g button mushrooms, sliced
300 ml chicken stock
juice of one orange (about 120 ml)
Melt the butter in a casserole and saute the leek for about 4 minutes until softened. Roll the meat in the flour, add to the leek and sauté until browned. Add the mushrooms and sauté for one minute. Add the sweet potato, stock and orange juice. Bring to the boil and transfer to an oven preheated to 180C / 350 F/ Fan 160C for 1 ¼ (one and a quarter hours) or until the meat is tender. Blend to the desired consistency.
MAKES 6 PORTIONS
Babies and toddlers needs are different from an adult’s – a low-fat, high fibre diet is good for adults but not appropriate for babies or young children as they need more fat and concentrated sources of calories and nutrients to fuel their rapid growth.
It isn’t a good idea to continue giving only fruit and vegetable purees for too long .
Babies also need nutrient dense foods like meat, chicken, cheese etc.. They also need iron which is found in red meat and essential fatty acids that are found in fish
Iron is very important for your baby’s mental and physical development. A baby is born with a store of iron that lasts for about 6 months. After this it is important that your baby gets the iron she needs from her diet. Iron in foods of animal origin like red meat or poultry are much better absorbed than iron in foods of plant origin like green vegetables or cereal. Combining meat with sweet root vegetables is appealing for babies and cooking it slowly gives it a delicious flavour and makes it very tender. If you are bringing your baby up on a vegetarian diet, lentils are a good source of iron and you can make delicious baby purees using lentils and vegetables.
It’s hard to find jars of puree containing fish, however fish is a fantastic food for babies. Oily fish like salmon is particularly important for the development of your baby’s brain, vision and nervous system. A baby’s brain triples in size in the first year and so its important to include oily fish in your baby’s diet from 6 months.
Here is one of my favourite ways to introduce fish.
COD WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND CHEESE SAUCE
This is a good puree for introducing your baby to fish. Cheese sauce and butternut squash go well together . You could use mature Cheddar instead of parmesan and you could use plaice or hake instead of cod. The puree has a fairly runny consistency so if you are making this for older babies you could reduce the amount of milk you add.
Suitable for Freezing
Suitable from 6 months
Prep time 10 minutes
Cooking time 15 minutes
30g onion, finely chopped
85g peeled and cubed butternut squash
15g plain flour
150 ml milk
50 ml vegetable stock
100g fillet of cod, skinned cut into small cubes
30g fresh grated parmesan
Steam the squash for about 7 minutes or until tender. Melt the butter and sauté the onion for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Gradually add the milk and stock, bring to the boil and simmer for one minute. Add the steamed squash and chunks of cod cook for 3 minutes. Blend to a puree and stir in the cheese.
MAKES 4 PORTIONS
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Tuesday, 23 June 2009
For some businesses working from home will not be suitable. However, your business my not be in the position to commit to taking on your own premises. In these circumstances the flexibility and affordability offered by serviced offices may well be the answer.
Serviced offices are usually available for either occasional hire, or on a part time or full time basis. This flexibility can be important in the early years of your business and can help save money. The amount of space required can usually be changed at fairly short notice, so as your business grows you can take on more space without needing to move offices.
Having a serviced office may give your business a more professional image, by providing a separate business postal address, a fax number and a receptionist to take telephone calls.
The IT and communications facilities are usually up to date and likely to be in excess of those a small start up business would be able to afford in its own right. You may also want to take advantage of the secretarial services on offer, or make use of the meeting rooms.
All of the above factors will mean that you are working in a professional office environment, which should focus your mind on your business, without the distractions that working at home may bring.
The rental payments will vary depending upon the amount of use, the length of your contract and what services you require, but they can be very reasonable when you consider that there are no separate business rates or service charges payable.