Friday, October 05, 2007

Of Herbs,Spices, Apricots and Substitutes

A few mummies have been asking me how to flavour our babies' food since salt and sugar are preferably avoided till 1 yr old.

I've come up with a list of food flavours you can use when cooking for your babies.

In fact, even for my home cooking, I do not use msg. I add a little sugar to simulate the msg effect which works well.

Hence, I've come up with this idea of using dried apricots to flavour Kimi's food and it works well!. Plus apricots, fresh or dried contain beta-carotene and significant levels of iron, great for a growing baby!

And if you want a little salty taste to the food, you can blend or add some celery to the food. But, pls be careful cos some babies may not like the strong smell of celery. So trial and error. You can also use dried kelp powder. This is a great natual flavouring for foods as it provides good iodine minus the bad sodium. Other flavouring techniques are using vegetable or chicken stock as well as herbs and spices.

Try different ways to see which appeals most to your baby!

Flavouring/Substitution List
  • Vegetable stock
  • Chicken stock
  • Salt - Celery, ikan bilis powder, mushroom powder, powdered kelp
  • Msg - sugar, dried apricots, red dates, apple/pear puree
  • Basil, Parsley, cinnamon, cilantro (chinese parsley), etc
  • Spices too when they are bigger and can stomach stronger, sharper tastes!



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