One of the things I’m really excited about is using my vegetables to feed Jackson. He’s too young to be eating solids full-time so I have been giving him little tastes of this and that until he’s old enough to eat. He loves Banana, and Apple too. But up to now everything I have given him has been store bought. Today, however, he had his first taste of home-grown produce; he tasted his first Carrot. I wanted to give him the whole experience so I popped him in his Baby Bjorn and we went out into the garden to pick his first Carrot.
We all know how amazing fresh Carrots smell when they come out of the ground but imagine if you had never smelled that? Imagine if you were smelling Carrot for the first time ever? Wow – I wish I could do that again. Jackson seemed to like the smell and so we carried our harvest indoors and started preparing.
We chose the biggest, juiciest Carrot, peeled it and chopped it. Then boiled it until it was nice and soft (a few minutes longer than you would cook a Carrot for yourself since it needs to be really soft). Then we popped it in our new Mouli (or mini-grinder) and mashed it up good. Then the tasting began.
At first Jackson wasn’t sure – mainly about what to do with this new orange stuff that clearly wasn’t milk. Should he drink it? no, that didn’t work. Should he push it out of his mouth with his tongue? yes, that worked but it didn’t help him eat it. Should I gum the Carrot a bit and then swallow it? Ah yes, much more satisfactory. Infact, that stuff is G-O-O-D mum, give me the whole bowl, now!
Once he got going it was clear that he ‘really’ loved Carrot. Ahh! That’s my boy. So I guess I’ll be sowing more Carrots next season?