I have been to visit a dear friend, who I have known since primary school, and her beautiful 6 week old baby boy. I really don't know where the weeks keep going.
I had spent quite a while looking through shops for something that I felt I really wanted to buy as a welcome gift. It would have been so easy to just walk up to the first shelf of baby toys and grab a handful of brightly painted plastic toys, but that just didn't sit right with me. I figure that I want to spend my hard earned money on something that reflects my minimal-waste beliefs. Finally I decided on some beautiful organic bamboo muslin style wraps, which from experience are great for summer babes.
I also feel that something a mother of a toddler and newborn would hopefully appreciate are some food parcels. In our house we have been eating some amazing granola (recipe care of Soulemama) with some delicious homemade yoghurt.
We have been making our own yoghurt now for a few months and I wouldn't go back to the store bought one again unless absolutely necessary. It is so creamy and I know exactly what is in it. I used to think I made my own yoghurt when I used the Easiyo maker but I shudder to think what it contained. The yoghurt we make now is just milk and some yoghurt from the previous batch. It took a few attempts to get the technique just right, but now it is incredibly easy.
A few weeks ago I was inspired by The Opies to try and make some English muffins. Now, as I do not own a Thermomix I searched around for a manual version. I came across this recipe and the muffins turned out really well. These were all eaten so I figure that is a good sign. Seeing my bread maker sitting in the corner of the kitchen sent me off looking for a bread maker version and I found this amazing recipe. I have made about 4 batches in the last week and have the recipe committed to memory. I cannot recommend this highly enough. Once you have tried these, I don't think you would go back to the store bought version. The muffins freeze really well but I find that I need to make them when I am alone otherwise little hands keep popping into the kitchen, leaving very few muffins to make it into the freezer.
A beautifully moist ginger cake was also on the menu as I had promised to bring morning tea as long as she could provide hot water for a cup of tea. Seeing as the oven was already on I thought it only right to make 2.
I thoroughly enjoy cooking, knowing exactly what has gone into the food we eat. I had my eyes opened after reading Additive Alert. This is definitely a book that every parent should read. It is based in Australia and I think we have many misconceptions about what we eat as well as the organisations that regulate what is allowed to be put in our food.