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Hidden Vegetable Pasta Sauce

July 20, 2014

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Today in an attempt to get Bella eating different vegetables I made the following, a variation on Annabel Karmel’s hidden vegetable pasta sauce:

  • 2 cloves of Garlic – crushed
  • 1 Onion – finely chopped
  • 2 small carrots – grated
  • About the same amount of grated sweet potato as carrots
  • 125g Mascarpone
  • 1 tin (400g)  chopped tomatoes
  • Pinch of Italian seasoning herbs
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Splash of Worcester sauce
  • Chopped chicken
  • Broccoli florets
  • 1 Red pepper
  • 5 Mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil

1. Heat oil in pan then add the garlic and saute for 2 mins

2. Add the chopped onion and saute for 2 mins then add the carrots and sweet potato and cook for another 2 mins before adding the tomatoes and herbs, salt and black pepper, and Worcester sauce.

3. In another pan, cook the chicken until cooked through

4. Use a hand blender to blend the sauce so that there is no trace of vegetables for child to pick out.

5. Once sauce is nicely blended, add the other vegetables and chicken and simmer until cooked.

You can separate off some sauce after blending if you want to add different vegetables for adults and child, for example we didn’t put mushrooms and pepper into Bella’s version.

Serve hot with boiled pasta shapes and garlic bread.



July 20, 2014

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In 3 months’ time the Pizers will be moving from the UK to Germany. We speak no German and know nobody in Munich at all. However, let it not be said that I am not willing to try things new.

My biggest concerns are :

  • the distance between Bella and her grandparents as I always believed it is important  for children to know their grandparents and she does enjoy them so much.
  • dragging Bella away from her two best friends at nursery, but I guess they weren’t going to stay together forever anyway – they may have gone to different schools anyway. However, I’ve not started that conversation yet.

I have explained that we are moving to Germany and that our “yellow door” will be lived in by somebody else. Not sure if she really gets it – she’s quite attached to “yellow door”.

I’m giving up working for a while to settle in the family and get to know the area as well as learn German. Right now it’s the right thing for Bella, to keep a consistency in me, as the rest of her world is turned upside-down. It will be a testing time for us all no doubt, but also full of exciting opportunities.

“Go go go” Bella would say.

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