If you’re looking for a delicious way to introduce your baby to fish, look no further than this creamy and comforting dish!
Fish is a great source of protein and Omega-3s (essential for brain development amongst other things). Buy the best salmon you can afford – be conscious that too much fish could be a bad thing due to things like mercury levels etc.
Giving your little one fish twice a week is the perfect amount to reap the benefits.
Inspired by the Truuuly Scrumptious Book of Organic Purees
For the sauce
1 fillet of salmon (approx. 155g)
360ml whole milk
30g unsalted butter
30g plain flour
4 broccoli florets
2 tbsp of tinned sweetcorn (pref the low salt ones)
For the mash
55g mature cheddar cheese, grated
300g potatoes, peeled and diced
40ml whole milk (or enough to make your mash smooth)
- Pop the fillet into a pan and cover with the milk, bringing it to a boil. (I took the skin off of the fillet first but you can also do this after it’s cooked). Reduce the heat to a simmer and allow to cook for 10-15mins till it’s cooked through and flakes easily.
- Use a slotted spoon or what-have-you to take the cooked salmon out of the pan and reserve the milk – you’ll need it for the cheesey sauce!
- Once the salmon has cooled to the touch, make it baby-friendly and remove the skin and flake into small pieces, remove any bones.
- Make the mash – add your potatoes to a pan and heat up to boiling. Reduce to simmer and cook for 15-20mins till they’re soft and mashable. Add the broccoli for the final 10-15mins. Once cooked, drain the water and scoop out the broccoli so that you can mash the potatoes with the butter and milk.
- Whilst the potatoes are cooking though, you can get on with the important cheese sauce. Melt the butter in a pan (I used a non-stick saucepan) on a low heat. Gradually add the flour to combine – it’ll start to bubble – and just leave to cook on this low heat for a couple of minutes.
- Remove from the heat and gradually add the reserved milk – stir constantly please as you’ll want this smooth.
- Return the pan to the heat and slowly bring it back up to boiling – continue stirring throughout as the sauce will quickly thicken. Once it’s the consistency of thick custard, take off the heat again and stir in the grated cheese.
- Chop up the broccoli and sweetcorn into little bits, then add to the cheese sauce along with the salmon.
- You can either add the mash and stir in, or blend the whole lot together (the above photo was stirred in).
- Serve up one portion and chill/freeze the rest.
Hopefully your little one will enjoy this as much as we did!
Adelyn, 7 hours into the flight on Malaysia Airlines
The almost 14-hour flight from London to Malaysia with our 9 month old daughter (not to mention the 13-ish hours return) will forever be burned in my memory as The Ordeal or What Did I Do To Deserve This?
I had read that Night Flights are better “because your baby should sleep through the flight”…”Babies are lulled by the white noise of the plane”
The converse of that is that if your baby doesn’t take to flying not only is your baby really cranky and overtired and not sleeping, but YOU are also wide awake when your body and mind is telling you that you should be sleeping, trying to placate the wailing banshee that your bundle of cuteness has turned into.
But hey – your baby might be a great flyer.
For anyone who wants to be prepared for all outcomes though, read on!
- Dress your baby in layers and take an extra onesie. It gets cold on planes!
- Heck, pack an extra top/set of bottoms for yourself too in case of messy havoc during the journey
- Most airlines will let you wheel your stroller right up to the plane – when you check in, just make sure they know you have a stroller in case you need to be given a luggage tag.
- You’ll be given a baby seatbelt once you’re seated – it’s just a mini-version of a normal airplane seatbelt that you loop onto yours. Even if you’re carrying your baby in a carrier already, you’ll still need to belt up the little one using the one issued by the flight crew.
- If you requested the bassinet at check-in, it’ll be installed after take-off. The bassinet should have some sort of zippable band that runs across the width which acts as a sort of seatbelt when baby is lying down in it.
Things to Soothe
- Calpol – (and a medicinal syringe to adminster) this was especially true on the return flight when Adelyn was still ill and feverish. If your baby is teething and cranky – you’ll also be glad of it.
- Baby’s usual blanket/muslin for the bassinet – make this as homey as possible
- Baby’s comforter
- Teething toys
Things to Distract
- A new toy or book (preferably things that don’t make noises though)
- FOOD. If you need formula – take extra in case of delays/hunger/thirst. If your little one is weaned – for snacks, I recommend the Organix range of biscuits for low-mess, high-enjoyment, or the melon wedges that so often come with your meal tray.
Things to Just Make Life Easier On You, Tired Mumma
- Anti-bacterial wipes – I see planes as germ incubators so, if you’re like me you’ll want to disinfect every surface within reach of your baby.
- Eye Mask – for those moments where you are able to get some shut-eye
- Nice hand/face cream – pamper thyself, feel human again
- your preferred Baby Carrier – handsfree comfort for you, especially if you need to wander the aisle ad infinitum to comfort the little one.
- If you’re breastfeeding, be sure to wear an easy-access top. Also it’s absolutely essential that you stay hydrated, so keep on drinking water.
- Toy straps – handy popper-buttoned straps that you can use to quickly loop toys to e.g. the bassinet or the seatbelt, so that you don’t have to keep on picking up toys off of the floor when your baby lets go
- a travelling companion – your partner, a grandparent, a friend, the nice person sitting next to you. If you have someone to share the journey with, it’ll just make life that little bit easier for you.
Any tips or questions for future journeys? I’d love to hear from you!