Tips and Tricks

For family cooking...

Use recipes as guidelines. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the ingredients at home and just improvise. For baking however, try to follow the recipe in order to avoid disappointment.

Rapeseed oil
As with olive oil, rapeseed oil contains Omegas 3, 6 and 9, essential fatty acids known to reduce cholesterol and maintain heart health, joint mobility and brain function. It is also a rich, natural source of vitamin E. It is one of the few unblended oils that can be heated to deep-frying temperature without its antioxidants, character, colour and flavour spoiling. In short, it is one of best "good" oils.
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Avent VIA Food containers are great for freezing kid size portions. For lunch, Max and I often share two containers of pasta sauce. They’ll survive the microwave.

Pasta Shapes. Good toddler food should have a high ‘Calories per hand/spoon count’. Pasta shapes like Fusilli or Radiatore are great as they absorb the sauce with all its good ingredients. I found Radiatore particularly great for Max when he was hand feeding because they are a good mouth full size.

Stock your Freezer with frozen peas, sweet corn, broccoli, soybeans, spinach and blueberries.

Here’s a quick guide for main portion measurements per adult and child for uncooked ingredients.

 UNCOOKED Adult Child Under 5s
Rice 75g 35g 20g
Dried pasta 100g 50g 25g
Couscous 75g 35g 20g
Bulgur wheat 60g 30g 20g
Polenta 75g 35g 25g
Potatoes 175g 90g 60g
Meat (boneless) 150g 75g 50g
Fish 175g 90g 60g


Book Recommendations

River Cottage Veg Everyday - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
LEON, Ingredients & Recipes - Allegra McEvedy
Waitrose LOVElife - magazine