Food, glorious food! Sweet potato and pea?

It’s been four weeks since I started to wean baby Hero and to be honest it hasn’t been a complete disaster. Apart for a slight constipation issue Hero hasn’t been spitting out my whizzed up veg concoctions.

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Curious (not miserable)

I’ve been using a combination of New Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner by Annabel Karmel and my own recipes. Hero’s tummy is happy so far and his favourites are pea and carrot and leek, sweet potato and pea puree.

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Leek, sweet potato and pea puree – before the whizz

Leek, sweet potato and pea puree - after the whizz

Leek, sweet potato and pea puree – after the whizz

I try not to stick to one book or even a book at all and experiment with some favourite Saul recipes. We had some guests over today (including a 2-year-old) so I rustled up some lamb meatballs in homemade tomato sauce with fusilli.

Before I added a little salt and the meatballs to the sauce I decanted some and whizzed it up with the pasta for Hero. It was a success! In a few weeks time, I’ll give him a small taste of the meatballs.

If you’re interested in cooking up  yummy tomato sauce for your kids (or grown ups) give this a go and let me know what you think.

Mango’s Small Person Tomato Sauce

Ingredients
Glug of olive oil
2 onions finely chopped
2 carrots, grated
4-5 Garlic cloves finely chopped or crushed in garlic press
A bit of fresh ginger, peeled and grated

Herbes de Provence, (3-4 pinches)
1 tin of plum tomatoes (prefer plum to chopped – they taste so much better for some reason).
A few squirts of Tomato Puree
Boiled water (Use 400g tomato tin)
Salt (couple of pinches if cooking for toddler otherwise omit)
Pepper, couple of pinches

Method
Heat oil then add onions. Cook for 2-3 mins.
Add ginger and garlic, cook for a further 1-2 minutes.
Add carrots and cook for 3-4 mins.
Sprinkle in the Herbes de Provence and stir.
Now add the tin of tomatoes and cook for 1-2 mins.
Add tin of boiled water and cook on a low heat for 30 mins (or until there is no water left).
Add salt and pepper to taste.

Happy weaning!

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Welcome to daddy daycare

I lost my job in March. It came out of the blue but a welcome relief. To say I hated my job was an understatement.

I was lucky though. As soon as the redundancy news flashed before my face I got offered a gig at Hearst. As some of you know, I worked there previously. Spent over five years building some amazing relationships and doing some amazing work on Sugarscape. Love that place.

Then more freelance work rolled in, at lots of different publishers. Amazing! Kind of.

The last time I freelanced I was a young man. 2004 to be precise. It was a drunken year. DJ Casper’s Cha Cha Slide was Number 1 and £120 per day for writing shizzle was perfect for a beer drinking, cigarette puffing, pizza eating young bee like me.

Fast forward to 2016 and to my amazement, the journalist’s freelance day rate has stayed pretty much the same at many places. Some are lower, some only slightly higher. Although happily accepted by the rolly smoking newbies, I now have a mortgage, three kids and a Volvo XC90.

New plan. Pitching stories and features to the nationals, coming up with and selling in amazing ideas for monthlies and going for big gun jobs.

While Plan A was still formulating (mainly in my brain), my wonderful wife aka MustBeTheMummy, who is the dogs bollocks at PR, gets offered a couple of amazing gigs. Starting ASAP.

Now what? With a 6-month-old, who has just started weaning and summer holidays in full swing for two school-goers, the best solution for Team Saul is for me to take over the reins at home.

Flat peach went down a treat. Let the weaning commence! #babyboy #weaning #babyfoodideas #6months

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Quick side note. I attempted this in 2014 and it was the toughest five months of my life. Being a stay at home parent, no matter what anyone says, is undoubtedly harder than getting on a 7am train to go to work.

So, until school kicks in, after school clubs are booked, the best nursery is sourced, a new permanent job is found for me, it’s time for some daddy daycare.

Oh shit.

Everything will be alright, as long as there is TV.

Everything will be all right, as long as there is TV.