Saturday, November 08, 2008

Nasi Kurma

dates boiling. do not over-cook. they cook easily.

combination of dates + rice puree

puree yang dimasak dengan penuh kasih sayang..

We can never doubt the nutritions and benefits of dates. Why not extend it to our babies? Too lazy this time, I simply combined dates puree with rice puree right away and store.

gendang gendut tali kecapi
kenyang perut, tido camgitu sekali!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Apple Puree

apples.. apples.. and more apples

lovely, eh?

**Photos above - credit to Wikipaedia. The flowers are actually apple blossoms.

Info below is taken from University of Illinois Entension in Urban Illinois webbie.

You've heard, "an apple a day will keep the doctor away." While it will certainly take more than a daily apple to keep you healthy, it is a step in the right direction. Apples are delicious, easy to carry for snacking, low in calories, a natural mouth freshener, and they are still very inexpensive.

Apples are a source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber such as pectin actually helps to prevent cholesterol buildup in the lining of blood vessel walls, thus reducing the incident of atherosclerosis and heart disease. The insoluble fiber in apples provides bulk in the intestinal tract, holding water to cleanse and move food quickly through the digestive system.

It is a good idea to eat apples with their skin. Almost half of the vitamin C content is just underneath the skin. Eating the skin also increases insoluble fiber content. Most of an apple's fragrance cells are also concentrated in the skin and as they ripen, the skin cells develop more aroma and flavor.

There are hundreds of varieties of apples on the market today, although most people have only tasted one or two of the most popular such as Red Delicious or Granny Smith. Apples can be sweet, tart, soft and smooth or crisp and crunchy, depending on the one you choose. There is an apple to suit almost everyone's taste, so why not choose one. Have an apple today!

Apple Nutrition Facts
(*One medium 2-1/2 inch apple, fresh, raw, with skin)

Calories 81
Carbohydrate 21 grams
Dietary Fiber 4 grams
Soluble Fiber
Insoluble fiber
Calcium 10 mg
Phosphorus 10 mg Iron .25 mg
Sodium 0.00 mg
Potassium 159 mg
Vitamin C 8 mg
Vitamin A 73 IU
Folate 4 mcg

*The nutritional value of apples will vary slightly depending on the variety and size.

Source: USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory -- Apple

i use granny smith green apple. good combination of sweet and sour.

combination of rice puree and apple puree

keep the puree in lidded-ice cube-tray. bought these from Parkson, Alamanda

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Carrot Puree

Yes. The photo (taken from Wiki) above has connection with Carrot Puree. Those are carrots flowers. Lovely, aren't them?

Anyway, here's some info I got from Wiki..
The carrot gets its characteristic and bright orange colour from β-carotene, which is metabolised into vitamin A in humans when bile salts are present in the intestines.[3] Massive overconsumption of carrots can cause hypercarotenemia, a condition in which the skin turns orange (although hypercarotenemia is not itself dangerous unlike overdose of vitamin A, which can cause liver damage). Carrots are also rich in dietary fibre, antioxidants, and minerals.

Lack of Vitamin A can cause poor vision, including night vision, and vision can be restored by adding Vitamin A back into the diet. The urban legend that says eating large amounts of carrots will allow one to see in the dark developed from stories of British gunners in World War II who were able to shoot down German planes in the darkness of night. The legend arose during the Battle of Britain when the RAF circulated a story about their pilots' carrot consumption as an attempt to cover up the discovery and effective use of radar technologies in engaging enemy planes.[4][5] It reinforced existing German folklore and helped to encourage Britons—looking to improve their night vision during the blackouts—to grow and eat the vegetable.

Ethnomedically, the roots are used to treat digestive problems, intestinal parasites, and tonsillitis or constipation.

Another lovely photo from Wiki

Anyway. Where was I? Oh... carrot puree. Carrot has its own natural sweetness that appeals to baby tastebud. At least my baby. Making puree is actually a breeze. I scrape off the outer layer of skin, cut into small pieces. Simply boil over high heat until it boils then lower down the flame. Give these guys another 10-15 minutes or until soften. Leave to cool then blend. The stock can be used for cooking rice for puree.

carrot puree. seen in ice-cube tray. i term this as 'sayur'. why? look below..

carrot puree+rice puree.
note of caution - please feed your baby carrot puree first for 3 days before attempting any combination. If he/she is okay, then you can introduce new puree/new combination.