Wednesday, 25 July 2007

Food for Kids: Pork and Apple Stew

As you may know, I've got a thing about cooking for my kids rather than buying baby food. It's just one of those things. I didn't manage to breast feed them, but at least I can give them decent food now!!
This is a really easy dish which is good for toddlers right down to babies who have just started on solids. It freezes well, and it's a good way to introduce kids to pork, because of the sweetness. Not that it's really a problem for PorkChop. He eats absolutely everything I put in front of him. He had his first sandwich today (vegemite - eeewww!) and you would never know he hadn't had one before. He hoed it down with no gagging at all. He is just an eating machine!! We thought BallBoy was pretty good with his food, but PorkChop leaves him for dead! So I guess that makes this a very appropriate recipe!

Pork and Apple Stew for Kiddies
250g pork fillet, diced
1 tbs olive oil
½ leek, white part only, trimmed, washed and finely sliced
1 small kumera, peeled and finely diced
1 potato, peeled and finely diced
1 apple, peeled and finely diced
600ml chicken stock

In a sauté pan with a lid, heat ½tbs oil. Brown pork. Remove from pan and set aside.
Add remaining oil to pan. Saute leek until soft. Add potato, kumera and apple. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring regularly.
Add pork and chicken stock to pan. Bring to the boil, then simmer on low heat with the lid on for 30 minutes or until everything is soft.
Allow to cool slightly then puree (or mash, or chop finely, whatever is right for your child)
Add cooled boiled water if mixture is too dry or thick.

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