Review: New Annabel Karmel Toddler Recipe Book

There is a new Annabel Karmel recipe book being released 20 June, perfect for those who need some help a few minutes before you should have dinner on the table. I definitely fall into this category. This book is brilliant for me – it contains quick and simple recipes that even a kitchen-phobe like me can follow, and the ingredients used are all on my normal shop anyway! None of this nonsense you find in other recipe books that claim your store cupboard should contain the most wacky specialist ingredients that you haven’t heard of.

Annabel Karmel's Quick and Easy Toddler Recipes is out on 20th June '13

Annabel Karmel’s Quick and Easy Toddler Recipes is out on 20th June ’13 (RRP £9.99)

This book contains real, healthy recipes, that you are going to make often. I’ve been using this book for about a month now, and have made a good selection of the recipes. It contains breakfast ideas, lunch, dinner and snacks. Henry is turning into a bit of a picky eater, but he loved the things in this book. His favourite was the blueberry pancakes, but everything else I made also went down a treat. I highly recommend this recipe book if, like me, you need a reminder of just how many different things you can make from the ingredients in your cupboard.


He Wants to Eat Constantly

I can’t tell if it is a growth spurt or a sign that he is ready to try weaning, but after the short while where we settled into a nice three to four hourly routine, Henry now wants to eat all the time. Where he used to sleep through the night, (it was getting to become a regular, ten hour, uninterrupted stint) he now wakes up four, maybe five, times a night. It is just like having a newborn again! He is just constantly hungry, and I have decided that I’m going to leave it another week until he is the recommended 17 weeks. If he is still desperate for more food, I will start to slowly introduce food starting with baby rice then fruit and vegetable purees.

I’ve got the Annabel Karmel ‘Top 100 Baby Purees’ book and I’ve got the cute, little, plastic spoons and bowls, the little beaker cups and those really excellent freezer trays. I ordered all my weaning products from Kiddicare, just because they are really reasonably priced, and their delivery is so quick and easy. There are so many different types and styles and brands out on the market, it’s really quite hard to make a decision when it comes to purchasing for your baby. Personally, I just went on a combination of price and previous customer reviews.

I’ll update with how I get on with that. I’m going to start boiling and freezing food for Henry in those tiny portions, as you can keep them in the freezer for up to a month. I think I’m going to start with carrot…