Amelia's Kitchen

Happy birthday Dan and happy birthday Al for last weekend!
I seem to have run out of inspiration for meals for Amelia, especially as she has a few foods which are her very favourites and everything else is a struggle to get in. At the moment her favourite food group is the round food group – consisting of blueberries, grapes and peas. She will eat bowls full until she is looking a little bug-eyed and will keep demanding more – “pea! pea! pea! ok! yeah! pea!”. She will down a bowl of dahl pretty quickly if she can eat each spoonful with a pea delicately placed on top, and she will eat a few African pancakes if she’s hungry enough (so called because an African man once gave me the recipe at a Hot Air Balloon Festival explaining that these pancakes gave him and his family back home their calcium: beans and corn in pancakes and cumin for taste. I usually also add a small tin of tuna and a grated zucchini – they are pretty good and will usually get wolfed down by any nearby adult as Amelia dawdles over every mouthful) but anything else gets a closed lip, head shaking, arm waving rejection. So I turn to Annabel Karmel for inspiration and make bowl foods of food that look like faces with crazy pasta or tofu hair, olive noses and pea (pea! pea!) eyes. This sometimes seems to work. I might need to get hold of a Clare Crespo book for further ideas.

Speaking of exotic food, I see that Jamie Oliver has turned his website into a blog. Reading it is pure escapism:

“So it was good to see Jennifer [Aniston] again. The first time we met was in December, as we cooked a surprise dinner for Bradย’s 40th birthday. I took a Chef and aone of my students from Fifteen with me and we cooked this amazing tasting menu. Dennis had never flown before and it was great as I did not tell him who we were cooking for. Even though I loved cooking for Brad and Jennifer I got just as much pleasure out of seeing how excited Dennis was.”

So go read that, or stay here and read about African pancakes!

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18 Responses

  1. Round is definitely my favourite food group too.
    Have you tried making round sandwiches with a cookie cutter or glass…I used to have to make ‘twinkle little star’ sandwiches with a star cutter ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Nigella does a very good line in kids’ food – her ‘How To Eat’ book has got lots of good ideas – a whole section I think – and not all involve bacon rind or Grand Marnier jelly.

  3. I am having the same problem with my girls…I could replicate the Mona Lisa with cheese and they wouldn’t care a whit. How do toddlers grow up when they refuse to eat anything? It’s a mystery…

  4. I happened upon your blog and had to write, because for about a year, my daughter would only eat round food. Your post brought back wonderful memories of, “ball-balls!” Like Amelia, Melissa ate only bluberries, grapes, peas and Kix cereal – I finally got smart and rolled tofu into little balls. Melissa is now 18 and still a vegetarian and perfect (well, in my eyes). Have fun! Let her eat balls – she’ll turn out perfectly!
    p.s. you can see Melissa at


  5. Claire – Actually Jasmine is 11months old tomorrow….you have another month to make scary monsters for her ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. those pancakes sounds great… can we get the recipe? ๐Ÿ™‚
    don’t you love how his wife is still the Lovely Jules after all this time, apparently her loveliness hasn’t diminished. ain’t love grand? either that or he has some sort of autocomplete thing happening in Word when he writes…

  7. Oooh those african pancakes sound yummy ๐Ÿ˜‰ Any chance of a Loobylu recipe page? ๐Ÿ˜‰ *pretty please with peas on top*?

  8. Personally, I’d rather read about peas and pancakes, wool , artists, books, and babies… even if, or maybe because, they are tofu-throwing babies!!
    This site beats Jamie’s any day!!

  9. Thank you i needed a little jamie oliver escapism this morning! You rock.rhya

  10. i am enjoying the longer, more frequent entries about your day to day life with amelia.

  11. I agree! I’d love your African Pancakes recipe! PLease share!

  12. says:

    don’t worry too much. my brother ate only cheerios and steak for the first 12 years of his life. he is a successfull and brilliant entrepeneur now. he ate his first salad in college.
    he’s grown out of most of his food weirdness, but it took him till 25.

  13. says:

    yes, that recipe would be great to have! hint hint

  14. we talked about strange habits children have the other day, weather it’s food or sleeping habits or a special routine. the simple explanation – its part of the child’s everyday routine which keeps their life in harmony basically [for them it makes everything okay] and if it isn’t harming them… stick with it cause it will change soon enough.

  15. I noticed “Max’s Chocolate Chicken” over on your sidebar.
    Have you ever wondered where the parent/s of these two little bunnies have disappeared to?
    They never seem to appear…

    I’m worried.

  16. says:

    Add me to the list wanting the African pancakes recipe.

  17. says:

    For complete escapism try this!
    voted top blog by uk news paper

  18. maybe the trick with amelia is the music that you play when she’s eating if the naked chef is anything to go by… “Poppy will eat anything as long as I play the Noddy cassetteย….” there’s a noddy cassette??? how cool!