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Lately Bunny Gal has been very cranky during her meal time. The same Bunny’s song & dance will show up during meal time:

  1. turning her head away after 5-6 spoons of solid;
  2. demand to drink soup non-stop;
  3. struggle to release herself and stand on the highchair – not till we pin her down or give her some toys of her interest; and/or
  4. at time might refuse to sit on the highchair.

This song & dance is only applicable to MAIN MEAL and not snacks like cakes, pastries, breads, puffs, biscuits, etc.

It has been a torture to Bunny PoPo who has to feed her 2 main meals a day, 5 days a week and even Bunny Mum is getting frustrated over it despite only taking care of Bunny Gal over the weekends. Bunny Mum has to bake every weekends, if possible, so that Bunny Gal have homemade snacks to munch.

After a few trials and errors, we noticed that she will eat the same food that she had just rejected earlier on if we leave her with the bowl of food and spoon for self feeding. Despite messy, she will at least “finished” the solid (perhaps 20-30% will end up on the floor or table). I must say that Bunny Gal’s self feeding skill is getting better each day where she does well with spoon and now even with fork. Of course, at time she will cheat by grabbing the food with her hand and put on the spoon before moving it to her mouth. She will even pick up the food dropped on the table and place it back to the bowl – not sure whether it’s a good sign or not. It’s good for not wasting food BUT it’s rather not too hygiene if the table is not clean (not at home). Nowadays beside wiping the highchair with antiseptic wipes, we also clean the table as well whenever we dine out.

Alternatively, we have to feed her with our spoon/fork/chopstick instead of hers. Somehow she feels that we are eating BETTER and more DELICIOUS food than hers.Same theory applies to water/drinks too. Bunny Gal will insist of drinking from our glass (if she sees it) instead of hers. If I pretend to pour some of my drinks into her cup, she will then drink from her cup.

Hmm….really wonder what’s going on in her tiny little bunny brain…

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Ingredients

2 baby potatos (diced)
1 tbsp mix brown & white rice
1/2 cup minced beef
1 cup beef broth
1 tomatos (skin & seeds removed, finely chopped)
1 tbsp unsalted butter
Pinch of mixed italian herb & pepper

Method

1. Melt unsalted butter over high heat.
2. Stir fry beef, tomatoes and rice for 1 minute.
3. Add beef broth and season with mixed italian herbs and pepper.
4. Simmer over low heat  for 20 minutes or till the rice and potatos are soften to the desired texture.
5. Stir in some cheese after remove from heat.

Ingredients

3/4 cup milk
1 tbsp poppy seeds
2.5 cups unbleached all-purposes flour
3/4 cup organic raw cane sugar
125g butter (melted)
2 eggs (lightly whisked)
2 tbsp finely shredded orange rind
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
2 tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp baking powder

Method

1. Preheat oven to 175°C.
2. Combine the poppy seeds and 1/4 cup of the milk in a small bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes.
3. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar in a large bowl.
4. Combine butter, eggs, milk, poppy seed mixture, orange rind and juice in a small bowl.
5. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir with a metal spoon until just combined (do not overmix).
6. Spoon the batter among prepared muffin pans.
7. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centres comes out clean.

*recommended for baby above 12 months since it contains poppyseed.

(Adapted from Amanda Kelly/Good Taste – May 2004)

Bunny Mum’s Feedback

Moist and light muffin but the orange flavour is still not strong enough – at least for me. If I ever do it again, I will consider adding 2 tbsp of orange jam into the batter.

Ingredients

1.5 cups applesauce (Heinz apple puree or Gerber applesauce)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 eggs, beaten
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 cup organic cane sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup dried cranberries, chopped

(Optional but not recommended for baby below 18mths : 1/2 cup pecans, chopped & 1 tsp ground cinnamon)

Method

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a muffin tray.
2. In a small bowl, mix together applesauce, oil and egg.
3. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. (Optional : cinnamon)
4. Make a well in the center, and pour in egg mixture. Stir until just moistened.
5. Fold in cranberries (Optional : pecans).
6. Pour into prepared muffin tray.
7. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean.

(Adapted from Miss Alix – allrecipes.com)

Bunny Mum’s Feedback

Absolutely yummy. Maybe I should try again using frozen cranberries or blueberries!

Has anyone watched an old movie called “My Father the Hero” before ? It was starred by Gérard Depardieu, Katherine Heigl and Dalton James.

Every father would hope to be regarded by their daughter as the hero. Of course, Bunny Dad is not an exception. Unfortunately, Bunny Gal is way to young to appreciate this hero of hers the way Bunny Dad would like her to be. Instead of regarding him as Hero, she has given him a new role……. My Daddy the Pillow!!!

Bunny Gal has developed a bad habit of waking up in the middle of the night crying for Bunny Dad’s shoulder! Poor Bunny Dad will have to carry her (as shown in the picture above) till she is in deep sleep before he can put her back to her cot. There are many instances where Bunny Dad placed her on her cot, she cried at top of her voice till Bunny Dad rest her on his shoulder.

Bunny Mum always wonder whether she should be happy that she can sleep throughout the night as Bunny Gal will only want Bunny Dad’s shoulder. On the flip side, it also mean that Bunny Mum is ranked below Bunny Dad’s shoulder.

Ingredients

1/2 cups white sugar
250g  mascarpone cheese
250g whipping cream
1  packages ladyfingers
1/2 cup expressor coffee
1/4 cup Kahlua (optional)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Semisweet chocolate curl (optional)

Method

1.  Beat mascarpone and sugar until combined. In a separate bowl, whip cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold into mascarpone mixture and set aside.
2. Cut the lady fingers into 3 portions and dip into the coffee + kahlua mixture.
3. Quickly remove lady fingers from coffee + kahlua mixture and line it at bottom of a dessert glass.
4. Spoon some mascarpone mixture over the lady fingers.
5. Repeat Step 2 -4 until the glass is about 80% filled.
6. Garnish with cocoa (dusting) and chocolate curls.
7. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.