Mimi’s Bowl wants to help parents when they are time short and trying to juggle family life. We have quickly grown into an online community, where parents and followers share realistic and healthy food ideas, suitable for everyday and family life. Simple recipes, seasonal shopping lists and parent hacks. I blog about what I'm cooking up in my kitchen and the food we eat at home, whilst juggling my two kids. A lot of what I cook, can be adapted for the rest of the family
there just isn’t time to prepare babyfood
and "grown up" food separately
I want to reach out to other parents, who felt as I did, when they started cooking for their baby. Firstly, to put an end to “babyfood panic” by talking about it and secondly, to really re-think babyfood and family food for a busy modern parent. There are so few relatable parent voices out there, and even less tried and tested parent friendly recipes. Only a parent, who has been there, understands the determined rejection given by your baby, toddler, or child, when they repulse at the sight of food, you have lovingly made for them. I would personally challenge any professional chef not to quake at the very thought of a baby, or toddler diner, sitting at one of their tables…
Becoming a parent changed, my day to day life and,
how I think about food and cooking
I started my career in fashion, as a womenswear buyer for Harrods. During this time cooking was not part of my schedule; instead fashion and travel took over. How life has changed! Today, I want my children and I to be eating good healthy home-cooked food. This does not need to mean complicated, or scary recipes, that are time consuming. I face the same pressures other parents face feeding their babies. I understand the total frustration of learning what your baby does and doesn’t like.
After the arrival of my daughter in September 2014 and whilst on maternity leave, I found myself needing to completely rethink how I cooked, both at home for our family. I had several major episodes of “babyfood” panic, an anxiety about how to feed your baby and worry about what to feed your baby. It just seemed so complicated and I honestly didn’t really know where to begin. Having been through it (now twice), I knew I wanted to create Mimi’s Bowl and share my experiences and recipes.
Learning to feed your baby is at times extremely daunting,
especially a first baby
When I started weaning with my
daughter i tried it all…
from the expensive ‘all-in-one steaming and pureeing machine’; that then required 30 minutes to take it apart and clean it, after each use... to the ice cube trays that froze solid so I couldn’t remove the food (you need freezing trays with a soft silicon shell)...I then tried pureeing out of season fruits and vegetables, because I had read somewhere about a special list of fruits and vegetables that were good first foods to try... Eventually, I started to trust my instincts as a parent. I worked on recipes that my daughter liked and would eat.
I learnt, that there is no harsher, or more immediate, food critic than your own child to deliver feedback! I decided to reject the expensive babyfood equipment for a simple hand blender and soft structured ice cube tray (which is truly all you need). I bought seasonal fruit and veg because it tastes better and is better value. Most importantly, I started to develop my daughter’s palette from bitter to sweet tastes, because I strongly believe we shouldn’t privilege sweet flavours for babies from the outset (something so many baby food recipes do).
And so, Mimi’s Bowl was born.