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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Two baby-led weaning recipes that will go down well with the whole family

Sweetcorn fritters and Thai chicken balls are a good starting point for your young ones

Thai chicken balls with cucumber salad. Courtesy The Baby-led Weaning Quick and Easy Recipe Book by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett (Vermilion)
Thai chicken balls with cucumber salad. Courtesy The Baby-led Weaning Quick and Easy Recipe Book by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett (Vermilion)

Thai chicken balls with a cucumber salad

These delicious, mildly spicy meatballs are perfect for baby-led weaning, and the ribbons of cucumber will be great fun for your baby to untangle

Serves a family of four

Ingredients

For the balls

500g minced chicken or turkey

2-4 tsp Thai red curry paste

2 tsp oil, for frying

For the salad

1 large cucumber

1tsp sweet chilli sauce

Method

Crumble the minced meat into a large mixing bowl. Add the Thai curry paste. Stir using a spatula or wooden spoon, or use your hands to work the paste evenly through the meat. Pinch off evenly sized chunks and roll into balls, roughly golf-ball sized.

Pour the oil into a large frying pan and warm over moderate heat. Add the chicken balls and cook for 20 minutes, until they get brown on the outside and no pink meat remains inside.

While the chicken balls cook, make the salad. Cut the ends off the cucumber. Run a peeler down it to make a thin, wide ribbon. Turn the cucumber slightly, repeat. Work around it, until you reach the watery centre core, which you can discard. Place in a bowl. Add the sweet chilli sauce and stir.

To serve

Serve the chicken balls with the cucumber salad and perhaps some plain rice.

Tips

The chicken balls can be prepared in advance and refrigerated for up to 24 hours or so

Halving the cooked balls may make them easier for your baby to handle.

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Sweetcorn fritters

Sweetcorn fritters. Courtesy The Baby-led Weaning Quick and Easy Recipe Book by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett (Vermilion)
Sweetcorn fritters. Courtesy The Baby-led Weaning Quick and Easy Recipe Book by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett (Vermilion)

These fritters make for a quick savoury breakfast. They’re delicious on their own, but when served with sour cream or guacamole, provide a great way to give your baby some practise dipping

Makes eight fritters

Ingredients

50g self-raising flour

1 large egg, beaten

1 x 195g tin sweetcorn (no added salt or sugar), drained and rinsed

Freshly ground black pepper (optional)

1-2 tbsp oil, for frying

Method

Put the flour in a mixing bowl. Add the egg and whisk well to form a thick batter. Stir in the drained sweetcorn kernels and black pepper. Mix everything well.

If you want a smoother texture, pour the batter into a food processor and whizz for a minute or two to crush the kernels.

Heat one teaspoon of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan on medium to high heat. When the pan is hot, pour one tablespoon of batter into the pan for each fritter. It should be possible to cook about four fritters at a time. Let them cook for about two minutes on each side, until golden brown, and then remove from the pan. Add a little more oil and cook the remaining batter in two or three batches.

To serve

Serve warm or cold, perhaps with some sour cream or simple guacamole, with the fritters cut into halves or quarters for your baby.

Recipes from The Baby-led Weaning Quick and Easy Recipe Book ((Vermilion) by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett