Q: Wide chunky belts are still really big this season, if I am pregnant is there a way that I can wear this look without it looking silly over my belly?
Traditionally a dish eaten in China and the rice growing regions of Southeast Asia. Congee, an unseasoned and unsweetened rice pudding is eaten much like a slice of toast – for breakfast and as a filler between meals. Light and digestible, it is the perfect baby food. Grownups eat it hot; for babies let it cool to finger temperature.
Tip: All rice, even the rice labeled “glutinous” is gluten-free, making it non- allergenic. It is also free of extrinsic sugar, the sticky stuff which leads to tooth decay!
- ½ cup short grain rice (Thai fragrant is perfect)
- 2 ½ cups of water
If you have time, soak the rice for 2 hours in plenty of cold water, then drain. If not, no matter.
Put the rice in a roomy pot and add the water (proportions do matter though: for a rice to make pudding, the grains must absorb 4 times their own volume of liquid). Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, loosely cover and simmer gently for a least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until you have a soft soupy pudding. It freezes well – just pop a supply in the ice cube tray and defrost portions as needed.
from: Adventures in Baby Food, Elisabeth Luard and Frances Boswell
See also our Baby’s First Foods.
Ok this one might not be “in the bag” but it’s definitely “in the box”. The ‘Let’s Do Lunch Kit’ from Pinky and Company is perfect for moms who love to look chic while they feed.
Q: I have been hearing a lot about putting my baby to sleep in a Sleep Sack. I have seen sleepsacks in cotton as well as fleece. Is fleece a safe fabric for my baby, even in the warmer summer months?
Q: Should I keep taking my prenatal vitamins while I am breastfeeding?
Q. Is it safe to diet during pregnancy?
Q. I’m only 5-months pregnant but already I’m finding that my knees are tender when I’m trying to do my normal workouts, and my lower back is getting achy more often. I don’t want to stop working out, but want to make sure I’m not doing any permanent damage. What do you recommend?
With the weather cooling and everyone gearing up for the winter, we thought it was appropriate to share one of our favourite tummy warming dishess: Roasted Red Pepper Soup. A big warm bowl with a chunk of fresh bread is the perfect chilly evening meal.
- 3 tbsp melted butter
- 1/2 onion
- 1 Stalk of celery
- 1 Red pepper
- 1 Yellow pepper
- ½ tsp paprika
- 1 tsp fresh parsley
- ½ tsp chervil
- 3 tbsp flour
- 4 ½ cups chicken stock
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 3 tbsp whipping cream
Sauté the onion in butter for 5 mins, covered. Add celery; sauté 5 minutes more. Add peppers, sauté 5 to 6 minutes, and then add spices. Turn heat to low, sprinkle evenly with flour; mix well.
Add chicken stock, bring back to boil, and then simmer for 20 minutes with lid partially covering pot. Puree with either a hand mixer or food processor. Add salt & pepper to taste, and whisk in cream. Voila!
Q. Can long term use of the pill make it harder for me to conceive?