sweetcorn pasta salad

sweetcorn pasta saladsweetcorn pasta salad

It’s not often Miss G. becomes fanatical about her food but of late our little miss has become utterly obsessed with sweet corn.

Each and every time I make my way into the kitchen and stand at the bench I hear the chants of a toddler demanding ‘corn, corn, corn’ pacing incessantly behind me.

So not to disappoint (or more importantly to avoid the dreaded terrible toddler terror tantrum) I’ve managed to work the bright yellow kernels of sunshine sweetness into most meals of late and this sweetcorn pasta salad is our favourite corn incarnation by far.

Not only is this gorgeously zesty salad chock full of nutritious goodness but it couldn’t be simpler to prepare.  It can be on the table and ready to devour in the time it takes to boil a little pasta and stored in an air tight container nestled in the fridge this salad is just as wonderful the next day.

Although Miss G. concentrates most of her eating efforts on the corn and pasta, she also manages to gobble up a good amount of fresh tomato, cucumber and mint as well, making for a very happy mummy.

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pea, asparagus & chicken pasta w’ lemony ricotta sauce

pea & asparagus pasta w' lemony ricotta saucepea & asparagus pasta w' lemony ricotta sauce

Today’s pea, asparagus & mint pasta with lemony ricotta sauce has to be one of Grace’s all time favourite pasta dishes.  Even more so today thanks to the cutest little elk pasta shapes I bought over the weekend.

Miss G. adores the ricotta, lemon and mint flavour combination as well as the bright green peas studded throughout and I love this pasta dish because it couldn’t be simpler to prepare.  This is the simple supper I most often turn to when I am all out of time and patience and just need to get dinner done and on the table.  It really is that easy.

For the little ones first beginning baby led weaning this dish is a winner.  The pasta, chicken and asparagus are simple for the little ones to hold and nibble on and once your little one has mastered the pincer grip the peas will be no trouble at all.

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ricotta, herb & tomato pie

ricotta, herb & tomato piericotta, herb & tomato pie

Summer is here with full force.

Our first weeks of the new year have brought sweltering heat, long muggy days and overwhelming humidity.

For the scorching month of January our days are spent seeking respite.

So far Grace and I have found sweet salvation wading in the pool, skipping under the sprinkler, taking dips in the ocean and air conditioned outings to the state library and museum.

Although this summer heat is almost to the point of unbearable, I have to say the extended days that stretch early into the evening are simply sublime.

ricotta, herb & tomato pie

The extra hours of sunshine are a wonderful chance for a little more playtime and our routine of late has been to spend our extra precious moments of sunlight in the back garden.

Usually Grace runs through the grass as I collect the fresh herbs and salad leaves for supper but over the past couple of days she has been more and more interested in doing the picking herself.

Watching her pluck fresh basil leaves and breathe in their gorgeous aroma simply melts my heart and as we stir them through dinner I can see the cogs of thought turning in her little mind.

ricotta, herb & tomato pie

Todays harvest of fresh basil, mint and rocket made their way into this delightful ricotta, herb and tomato tart.

Once baked, this tart nestles serenely in the fridge just waiting for a simple salad to accompany it in the perfect simple summer supper.

And this little darling only requires moments of effort before being popped into an oven.  But I can hardly call it an effort, simply pop all of the ingredients into a food processor, blitz, decant into an oven tray, top with slices of fresh tomato and bake.  Easy peasy.

In terms of baby led weaning, this pie is fantastic.  Not only is this delicious little number simple for mum/dad to prepare, but it’s the perfect texture for little hands to pick up and eat with ease. Firm enough for little hands to grip yet soft enough to nibble on, the texture of this pie really is baby led weaning perfection.  Its also not too messy which makes it great for lunch on the run.  In fact, Grace and I popped a couple of slices into a lunch box to take along with us for a mummy and me morning at the state library.

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sweet potato tuna patties

sweet potato tuna pattiessweet potato tuna patties

With Miss G. still insisting on eating each and every meal at her table and chairs my search for simple, easy to eat and most importantly not so messy food continues.Miss G.

My hunt this morning led me to these gorgeous sweet potato and tuna patties spiked with lemon, mint and spring onions.

Not only are these gorgeously golden crispy patties fuss free and easy to eat but they are delicious!

The addition of sweet potato is genius, it not only adds a beautiful sweet earthy flavour to the patties but creates a soft tender scrumptious texture that the little ones love and appreciate.

Grace stood by my side kicking her feet with excitement whilst the little patties were frying away and couldn’t hardly wait until they cooled down enough before she dove in.

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greek salad, tzatziki & toasted flat bread

greek salad, tzatziki & flat bread

greek salad, tzatziki & flat bread

Summer seems to have arrived early.

Our afternoon summer storms are already here along with the heat and sticky humidity.

Instinctively we’re craving salads.

Fresh, simple, cooling and refreshing salads.

Ones that can be put together effortlessly, are light and nourish us just enough until the next meal time.

Miss G. loves them.

Wearing just a nappy and singlet she sits happily in her high chair nibbling away on cool pieces of cucumber, juicy tomato wedges and refreshing salad leaves.

Summer bliss.

For lunch today I whipped up this super simple greek salad.

Just a mix of mint, rocket, cucumber, tomato, red onion, kalamata olives and feta.  All dressed in a gorgeously zesty red wine vinaigrette and served alongside homemade tzatziki and toasted flatbread.

For such a light lunch this salad is truly satisfying.

Miss G. and I sat on the balcony, feeling the breeze carry with it a little cool respite and enjoyed our salad for lunch.

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greek inspired lamb meatballs

greek inspired lamb meatballs

greek inspired lamb meatballs

Lately Miss G. absolutely adores anything in the form of a patty.

So far I’ve conjured up hot chicken cakes, sweet potato & chickpea patties, zucchini fritters and strawberry pikelets.

And today keeping with the patty theme I decided to whip up a batch of greek inspired lamb meatballs.

These lovely little lamb meatballs are chock full of fresh mint, basil, lemon and creamy feta and are delicious.  And just like our sweet potato patties, these little babies too use couscous rather than breadcrumbs which creates a beautifully light and fluffy texture.

To serve alongside the golden, crispy fried lamb meatballs  I put together a super simple salad of halved cherry tomatoes, ribbons of zucchini and fresh mint leaves as well as a good dollop of thick creamy greek yoghurt.

Miss G. was so pleased to see the greek inspired lamb meatballs nestled on her highchair and happily gobbled them up.

The patty love affair continues…

Miss G.

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spaghetti w’ mint pesto

spaghetti w' mint pesto

spaghetti w' mint pesto

Usually I am more than happy to use shop bought pesto.

It’s wonderfully fragrant and delicious and has adorned many of Miss G’s. suppers since we began our baby led weaning journey.

But with a couple of fresh bunches of mint perched on the kitchen bench this morning I decided to whip up a batch of the homemade variety instead.

And with the use of a food processor it couldn’t be more simpler.

Just pop all of the ingredients in the processor, blitz, pour over cooked spaghetti and dinner is done.

Miss G. gobbled up her spaghetti smothered in minty pesto for lunch today and as you can imagine by the end of lunch she was also smothered head to toe in the gorgeously fresh and fragrant mint pesto.

Miss G.

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