It has been non-stop here over the last week or so. A family holiday in Norfolk (pictures will follow just as soon as I get round to it), catching up with various friends that we haven't seen in months, and Mr C with a week off work in an attempt to get various jobs done around the house and garden. Finding time to go online just keeps getting knocked off the end of each day's to do list!
There has also been the arrival of many new books (both new new and old) and various new recipes have been discovered. The first of these comes from the very new River Cottage Baby and Toddler Cookbook (published only earlier this month). Now if you have little kids then you should definitely buy a copy of this book. If you're expecting a baby then I'd recommend it even more. I just wish I'd had this book before I started weaning Little Miss C.
Although it's called a cookbook this book is actually a whole load more. It covers how to encourage children to be interested in food from a very early age, and also how to involve and engage them in understanding where food comes from, in particular the vegetables that make up so many first baby purees. There are some great puree recipes that I'm sure LMC would have loved if she'd tried them and then the "meat" of the book are the main recipes which are split into the four seasons so that you can plan to feed your little one the foods that are in season throughout the year.
The first recipe that we tried was Frittata, featuring in season English asparagus. To say that LMC loved it would be an understatement. It also made a lovely lunch for Mr C and I when accompanied by some freshly baked bread and baked beans. I've already got a list of other recipes that I'm planning to try for the three of us, so watch this space…