I did something very experimental on Oliver this past week.
I made him this:
It’s fishcake with broccoli. Looking at his “picking up food” ability, I was raring to make some “advanced” finger food for him even though he’s only 9 months plus.
This is somewhat Baby led weaning style, hahaha…
Here’s the recipe:
Baby Fish Cake
- a little milk (or water) for poaching fish
- 250g white fish/salmon fillet
- 250g cooked potatoes
- 1 egg, beaten (I used egg yolk only)
- 50g breadcrumbs
- olive oil/knob of butter
- 1 tbsp chopped parsley (optional)
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I bought some threadfin fillet (ngor he) from the wet market and cos I have some bread at home, I homemade my own breadcrumbs. (You can bake a batch at 100℃ for about 35 mins or til dry, store them in the fridge til ready to use)
I used softmeal bread. Somehow, I have this weird bias that cane sugar is healthier than normal granulated sugar, haha…
The fish before poaching. I love this mini casserole dish I bought at $8 at Spotlight sale! Perfect for mini dishes!
Whilst the fish is poaching in the oven, I smashed the toasts with a, er-hum.. measuring cup. (You can always use a rolling pin or some other stuff, as I don’t have one, I just make do with anything flat that can handle smashing :D)
I ate some along the way, but there’s still ample breadcrumbs left…
Roll them into “baby-friendly” hold-able sizes.
You can choose to bake or pan-fry. I did both. Pan-frying produces a more robust taste, whilst baking will have a drier texture.
I served them with broccoli. You can of course alternate with other vegetables.
Here’s O ravaging the lot.
As I’ve said, this is pure “experimental”, cos there will be:
1. Alot of mess
2. Frustration from baby when he can’t pick them up without squishing
3. Really alot of mess
I was cleaning up tornados for the 3 days I served this. But I can see that O enjoys this dish very much. He was always picking up even the pea sized remnants and licking his fingers long after the meal is over.
Finger-licking good eh?
But I would probably try this dish again only after his “pincher grip” matures later, haha…