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Your Baby's Meal Planner

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meal-planner_cPlan your child's meals for a week. Vary the desserts with lunch and supper. Give your baby some fresh fruit like a banana or grated apple, fruit puree and occasionally other desserts like ice cream, rice pudding, yoghurt and fromage frais. Here is a table that will help you to plan baby's meals.

 

Your Baby's First Teeth

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tooth_cYour baby will be teething from around six to eighteen months and so gums may be sore and your child may be quite unsettled and not interested in food. A chilled teething ring can help soothe sore gums. You could also give chilled raw vegetables like sticks of carrot or cucumber. Rubbing an infant teething gel on to the gums may help - they contain local anaesthetics and can be prescribed by a GP, who is the best person to discuss whether they are suitable or not.

Meal Planning for Babies: 1-4 Weeks from Weaning

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baby-meal_CEvery baby develops at his own pace so these should be used as a guide since there are many variations on the foods that can be given and the order in which they can be introduced. I have tried to give as wide a choice of recipes as possible, although I know that in practice, meals that your baby enjoys will be repeated many times and there is nothing wrong with giving the same food on two consecutive days - it is also a more practical proposition. Adapt the recipes according to seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Making Baby Food

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Making-Baby-Food_cBy making baby food yourself, you can be sure of using only the best quality ingredients without the need for thickeners or additives. It also works out much cheaper to make baby food at home rather than buying commercial brands. Introducing a wide range of foods is important in establishing a varied and healthy diet and you can make up your own combinations to suit your baby. You have the choice of organic fruit and vegetables if you like.

What Does a Microwave Do Best?

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microwave-with-pizza_cWhat products are the best for cooking in microwave: fish, meat, vegetables, sauces, soups. How to defrost, heat meals, and cook for one or to with a microwave. Microwave techniques.

Choose Good Vegetarian Diet for Your Child

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califlowerMore and more families with children are choosing to become vegetarian and a balanced vegetarian diet can be very healthy. However, it is important not to give up meat without replacing the nutrients that meat provides, particularly protein, iron, zinc and possibly some B vitamins.

Growth Foods for Your Children

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Growth-Foods_cChildren grow and develop rapidly. Protein is the building block of all the cells in our bodies and therefore an essential part of the diet. Since children grow so quickly, they have a higher requirement for protein than do adults. As well as helping growth, proteins are also important for repairing any damage to body tissue. It is reassuring to know that protein deficiency is almost unheard of in this country and most of us eat more protein than we need.

Eating by Colour

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colours_cSuperFoods are foods that have roles other than supplying the basic components of our diet - carbohydrate, protein and fat. These roles vary from boosting energy and brain power to prevention of illness and even repair of damage. Research shows that one-third of cancer cases are related to what we eat and the evidence is that fibre and fresh fruit and vegetables are in surprisingly short supply in the Western diet. Researchers estimate that diets filled with fruits and vegetables instead of fats, along with exercise, could reduce cancer incidence by 30 to 40 per cent.

Yeast Cookery. Baking Bread

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yeast-bread_cThe main ingredients in bread are flour, yeast sugar and water. Fat may be added to enrich the dough. Yeast is used as a raising agent for making bread, etc. It is a small living organism which grows by feeding on sugar in the presence of warmth and moisture. Carbon dioxide is given off which makes the dough rise and become light and spongy. Yeast is killed at higher temperatures (over 46°C, 115°F) so the rising stage, known as proving, must be completed before the dough is baked.

Useful Facts about Royal Icing

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Royal-icing2_cRoyal Icing is a pure white icing that dries to a smooth, hard, matte finish. Besides its lovely finish it also colors beautifully which makes it a favorite of professionals who use it not only for frosting cakes and cookies, but also for intricate piping of decorations (flowers, borders, and lettering). Royal Icing is simply a mixture of powdered (icing or confectioners) sugar, lemon juice, and raw egg whites. Read about Royal Icing: useful hints, how to make icing, how to ice a cake. And also some information about Peaked Icing.

Basic Chinese Pantry. Sugar and Vinegars

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sugar_2cBy the article "Basic Chinese Pantry. Bean Curd" we began a series of articles about Chinese Pantry. Here is the next text on this topic. It's about such products as Sugar (it has been used sparingly in the cooking of savoury dishes in China for 1000 years) and Vinegars (are widely used in China as dipping sauces as well as for cooking).

Basic Chinese Pantry. Oyster Sauce and Rice

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Oyster-sauce_2cBy the article "Basic Chinese Pantry. Bean Curd" we began a series of articles about Chinese Pantry. Here is the next text on this topic. It's about such products as Oyster Sauce (delicious sauce for quick cooking. It does not taste fishy) and Rice (the most popular product for cooking in China).

Basic Chinese Pantry. Noodles/Pasta

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Noodles_cBy the article "Basic Chinese Pantry. Bean Curd" we began a series of articles about Chinese Pantry. Here is the next text on this topic. It's about such product as Noodles (Pasta). In China you will see people eating noodles of all kinds, day and night, in restaurants and at food stalls. They provide a nutritious, quick, light snack and are usually of good quality.

Basic Chinese Pantry. Five-spice Powder and Garlic

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Five-spice-Powder_2cBy the article "Basic Chinese Pantry. Bean Curd" we began a series of articles about Chinese Pantry. Here is the next text on this topic. It's about such products as Five-spice powder (five-flavoured powder, or five-fragrance spice powder) and Garlic (it is part of the fabric of Chinese cuisine).

Basic Chinese Pantry. Chillies

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Red-Chillies_cBy the article "Basic Chinese Pantry. Bean Curd" we began a series of articles about Chinese Pantry. Here is the next text on this topic. It's about such product as Chillies. Fresh chillies - the seed pods of the capsicum plant - are used extensively in Chinese cookery. Although a relatively new ingredient, having been introduced from the Americas about 100 years ago, the chilli has spread rapidly throughout Asia.

Basic Chinese Pantry. Bean Curd

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Bean_Curd_cQuick and easy cookery is, well, quick and easy once you have at hand the basics of a Chinese pantry. One of them is bean curd, also known by its Chinese name, dou foo (dofu), or by its Japanese name, tofu. It has played an important part in Chinese cookery for over 1000 years because it is highly nutritious, rich in protein, and goes well with other foods.

Microwave Cooking. Meal and Menu Planning

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planningCooking ahead is so much more satisfying when you know the food can be reheated without deterioration. Here the microwave oven comes into its own. At once life becomes easier as the cooking workload can be spread and the final touches, such as combining meat and sauces or reheating, do not necessarily have to be done by the cook but can be completed by the helpers. And once the meal is over any food remaining need not be thrown out as it can be reheated in the microwave with excellent results.

Sponge Pudding Variations

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sponge-puddingRead about such puddings: almond sponge pudding, chocolate sponge pudding, ginger sponge pudding, lemon or orange sponge pudding, red cap sponge pudding, and sultana sponge pudding.

Rules for Making Salads food with cooked or pickled vegetables, fruit, nuts or grains

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salad_cA salad may be made of almost any mixture of raw, cooked or pickled vegetables, fruit, nuts or grains. It may be served as a side salad to a main dish (e.g. green salad), but salads are often served as a main dish themselves. To make them more substantial, meats, fish or egg, cheese or pulses may be added.

Pastry and Pies Storage

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Pastry-and-Pies_cUnbaked and baked pastry may be frozen in slab form, or prepared as pies, pasties, turnovers, flans and unfilled cases. Baked pies store for a longer period, depending on the filling, but a frozen unbaked pie has a better flavour and scent, and the pastry is crisper and flakier. Read about such types of pastry and pies: slab pastry, pastry cases, unbaked pies, baked pies, meat pies, fruit pies, fruit pie fillings, sausage rolls, savoury and sweet flans.

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