When my daughter was born one of the many challenges for me as a new mum proved to be food. I was very surprised by this, as I love to cook, to watch cooking programmes, read cookbooks and most importantly eat good food. I would have called myself a capable and aspiring home cook, but as my daughter approached six months I found myself struggling over her first tastes and first solid foods. Even this simplest of tasks raised a barrage of questions: "How to puree an apple? How should I cook it? Do I need to sterilise my cooking utensils? What cooking utensils do I need? Can I freeze it?