Well ,we’ve been busy recently.
I went to London twice in a week. The second time I went I took Holly with me. Stressful!
You see through the power of social media, I entered a competition on Twitter to go to the Plum Cookery School and cook with Rachel Allen and Beverly Glock. By some miracle we won! We won an all expenses paid trip to Buckinghamshire for two days! Two days full of learning about weaning and healthy family cooking. Two days full of meeting new people and trying new things. Two days of Plum filled products and fun. Two days of filming new weaning videos to go on YouTube and help out other mums. We even won some amazing prizes too! Bliss!
I wouldn’t say I’ve ever been a superb cook. I did an NVQ in catering at high school, but it wasn’t anything in depth. Just a chop here and a slice there. So the opportunity to go and learn how to cook for my family wasn’t one I was going to pass up.
The two days were a little different from what I expected. I did expect the little ones to be more involved. But us grown up ones did most of the cooking/filming… for their future benefit of course.
I did learn a lot of things I didn’t know. For example, Did you know:
- Your supposed to wash your eggs before you use them? Ever wondered what those white specks are? Erm… eww!
- You can peel fresh Ginger with a tea spoon? Easy Peasy Ginger Peely.
- Babies don’t need any other drink than milk until they are one?
- We don’t give the little ones salt because their kidneys can’t handle it.
I’ve always been told that packaged baby food is evil. It’s full of horrible additives and scary food monsters. Guess what? It’s a lie! Plum food is full of goodness and just what it says on the tin (pouch). It’s really, really healthy and it tastes great. Yes it’s cheaper to make it yourself, that is true, and the cookery school encouraged us to. But sometimes we just don’t have the time or the energy and at those times, it’s worth every penny.
I don’t want to spoil everything we learnt and made because there will be videos to be seen. But one thing I loved was the chicken nugget recipe. I love a good chicken nugget. However, I don’t like thinking what’s in them. We made Stage 4 weaning chicken nuggets. Basically, a little chunk o’ chicken. Dip it in egg, and then in crumbled plum baby multigrain crisps. Yes Crisps. I made them last night for Tom and he said they were ‘the nicest nuggets ever!’. I told him what they were afterwards of course. Look!
It was a great experience. A lovely thing to win. It’s a prize that keeps on giving. Hopefully my inspiration about family food will continue for all my children and all my family life.
Thanks to Beverly Glock for opening her home to us and for her inspiration.
Thanks to Rachel Allen for her time and expertise.
Thanks to Plum for the opportunity!
p.s.. this isn’t a review or a paid post! Ther’re all my own opinions. This head isn’t just a hat rack
Two of the other mums blog too.
Becky @ Munchies and Munchkins
Sharon @ I Heart Motherhood