Ardan turns 8 months old today, and he can get started on fish. I decided to try making Salmon with Carrots and Tomato based on a recipe from my Annabel Karmel book. This is my first foray into cooking (home ed classes don’t count, the teacher gave us tips along the way) while following a recipe. Totally didn’t realise I had to defrost the meat before cooking. In my defense, I cook frozen peas, straight from the freezer into the boiling water! Lol. So we went out for dinner with the Huatians while letting the fish defrost at home.
Here’s the recipe in entirety, reposted from netmums.com. I used Option 2 and cooked the fish in milk rather than microwaved it.
225g carrots (peeled and sliced)
150g salmon fillet
½ tsp milk (or enough to cover the salmon, see method for details)
2 tomatoes (ripe, skinned and desseded), chopped
40g cheddar cheese, grated
Put the carrots in a steamer set over a pan of boiling water and cook for 15–20 minutes or until tender
Meanwhile, place the fish in a microwave dish, add the milk, dot with half the butter and cover, leaving an air vent
Microwave on High for 1½ –2 minutes
Alternatively, put the salmon in a pan, pour over enough milk to just cover and simmer for about 4 minutes or until cooked
Melt the remaining butter in a saucepan, add the tomatoes and sauté until softened and slightly mushy
Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese until melted – blend the cooked carrots with the tomato mixture
Drain the cooking liquor from the fish, remove the skin and check there are no bones
Flake the fish and mix it with the carrots and tomatoes
For younger babies you can blend the fish together with the carrots and tomato for a smoother texture
If you are interested in other recipes from Annabel Karmel, you can get them here.
We started Ardan on solids the week he turned 6 months in early February. That’s a video of him taking solids for the first time. I’m introducing new foods without testing, i.e. Not waiting 3 days after introducing new foods, and have had no problems so far.
I am referring to Annabel Karmel’s New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner. At the same time also referring to this image to stagger the introduction of variety.
Even though I can’t cook, the initial chapters of the book are real easy. I found it manageable to wash and chop fruits and vegetables, and then steaming and puree-ing them with my Philips AVENT Combined Steamer and Blender. However it had a max capacity so I had to cook batches sequentially.
But as I went through the book, I found that I have no time and interest in learning how to cook. So what I’ve been doing so far is continuing to introduce new food by steaming and puree-ing them. I hope that later on as he gets older, I could get Sheila to cook his meals for him.
There are nights when I come home from work and I want to work on some things – sell some dog clothes, pay my bills, craft a little, surf a little Internet etc. But most nights I found that I couldn’t do these things, as it would be 9 plus in the evening after I’ve had my dinner and showered after work, and it would be time to put Ardan to bed. We co-sleep, so it means I have to be in bed with him at 9 plus as well. Or I could be done earlier, but neither Han nor Sheila are free to help mind him.
So recently I’ve started putting Ardan in his playpen in our room again, and to my surprise, he’s experiencing new found enjoyment in it. I was using the playpen heavily when I was on maternity leave, but in recent weeks it just hasn’t been used that often.
He would cry if we put him on our bed and we went off to do our stuff, but he seems plenty happy rolling about in his playpen alone, and would entertain himself for an hour sometimes. Which equates to an hour I could use to do some mindless Internet surfing, for example. 🙂
We use the Nuna SENA in red, which Han bought from a baby fair last year.
Wow, so much has changed in the past month, I haven’t had any time to update.
We are currently arranging for domestic help to care for Ardan, but until help arrives and is trained, Ardan and I are at my parents’ place Monday to Friday. It’s extremely troublesome to keep moving back and forth every weekend, but I am receiving intense infant care training from my parents. Learning so much more here than what I had learnt from our confinement nanny. Now, the next challenge is to transfer all that to our domestic helper.
We brought Ardan for his first month vaccination on 8 September at Clementi Polyclinic. We had a good pediatrician, Dr Terence Tan from Kinder Clinic at Mount Alvernia Hospital. He told us about the government subsidised vaccination program, and recommended that we have the vaccinations done at the polyclinic instead of a private clinic. Basically most recommended vaccinations will be subsidised by the government at the polyclinics, except for Chicken Pox, Rotavirus, and Pneumococcal. Which is fine, don’t mind paying for some of the vaccinations myself if majority of them are free! 😀
If any parents are concerned about waiting times at the polyclinic, don’t worry, baby vaccination queue is a separate queue from the adult patients. However, do call in to make an appointment before walking in. The doctors will do a wellness check and track the baby’s growth and milestones against the recommendations in the health booklet as well.
Ardan cried when the needle went in, but he was quickly ok after that. He’s a brave boy!