Tuesday, February 24, 2009

feeding mamatouille's baby: veggie veggie fruit fruit

Probably the only ones who will get the "veggie veggie fruit fruit" reference are my parents and sister. But if you happened to ever live in Florida (or visit there) and go to Epcot in the eighties (back when it was called Epcot Center and not the strange newly dubbed Epcot Theme Park), you might've seen the Kraft-sponsored show with the veggie and fruit (and cheese, of course) puppets dancing around. The theme song forever stuck in my family's consciousness and will probably remain there for as long as we all shall eat veggies and fruit. And I will do my part and pass it on to my young'uns.

Joel's nine months now and eating a lot of what we eat (still partly pureed, but he's into quite the variety now), so this post is a bit ex post facto. He still loves everything I show here, though.


Peas and carrots:

Do you think I made enough for one small baby?

I used a measuring cup to scoop the cooked carrots and liquid from the pot before pureeing so that not only would they be juicy enough later after I froze them, but a lot of the nutrients are in that cooking water!


For prunes, I just tossed them in a food processor, straight from the bag, and added a bit of warm water. It makes quite the ruckus as they spin round but it all turns into pulp pretty quickly. Joel loves this stuff - it's like his me no doku (mine's chocolate, unfortunately). (Me no doku means poison of the eye, and it's whatever strikes your fancy and makes you want more and more! I guess there are worse me no doku than prunes.)
I'll stop here because I'm sure all of you can only look at mush for so long, but Joel eats everything I give him: rice, chicken, couscous, potatoes, sweet potatoes, strawberries, bananas with toasted wheat germ, kiwi, apples, oranges, mikan (tangerine), lemon juice sprinkled on his food, oatmeal, kabocha (Japanese pumpkin), tofu, senbei (rice crackers), sweet-potato crackers, crunchy millet snacks, you name it. He'll be eating his brother's onigiri before we know it.

What do you feed your precious bundle? I'm always interested in this kind of thing - I love new ideas. Tell all!

And if you know the veggie veggie fruit fruit song, well then, come on - sing along!


Diana said...

I actually do remember that from Epcot! I hear it's changed a lot since I went. The thing I remember the most is when our boat got stuck hanging over the waterfall on the viking ride. I don't have kids yet but I'm wondering, do you freeze the "mush" and he sucks on the ice cubes or you thaw it out first or heat it up? Also do you combine flavors or just do individual ones?

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

Diana, I haven't been to Epcot in about 10 years or so! I'd love to go back sometime to see how it's changed.

I freeze the food then microwave it to defrost and warm it up - I don't mix the flavors before freezing but of course it would be a snap to do that. I just add whatever ice-cubed food I want to a bowl and mix and match when I defrost it!