sharing our best buys

Good bye no.1: Dominic has taken to calling out byeeeeeee when either of us leave for work, when we leave him in the creche, when the cats go out, when we’re leaving the swimming pool.   He sounds kinda sarcastic actually…

official catalogue shot pose

Good buy no.2:  There was a sneak peek of this in last weekend’s post – the Gro Company chair harness.  There’s lots of portable high chair type things on the market.  I love the clamp on Phil & Teds ones and the strap on booster ones (Gro Company do one of those too).  But for sheer portability and really not minding throwing it in your bag just in case, as opposed to feeling you’re lugging something round with you that isn’t really needed, this one is the best.  I bought it in person in Butterslip in Kilkenny.  They actually got a write up in the Irish Times today too, so yay for that (the shop does belong to a friend of a friend).  It only cost us €14.99.  He’s safe and secure and won’t just randomly slip off a seat in pursuit of some errant food.  Also, I think it signifies ‘meal time’ as opposed to just please-sit-here-while-i-do-something which is a usually a Good Thing in Dom’s mind.

The cons: I will say, it doesn’t fit on every type of chair.  As far as I can tell the back needs to be wide the whole way up.  It didn’t work on seats where the back was a panel attached to the seat by a narrow post – the straps just slipped and the child wasn’t kept in situ at all.  As this is a reasonable flimsy item, it also won’t keep a child restrained if they don’t want to be.

.3l Sigg Bottle

Good buy no.3: A Sigg water bottle.  I’ve always liked these, but it was only when I saw my sister had one for her little girl who’s 3 months younger than Dominic that I went and got him one.  I bought it from this ebay shop, so it cost me €10 in total.  It’s brilliant specifically because the lid is attached and doesn’t sit gathering dust away from the bottle while the bottle slowly drips away inside my handbag.  The 300ml size is perfect for toddlers.

I love how they come in so many designs, yes there is pink fairy princess ones, and blue digger ones, but there’s also lots, like Dominic’s which are gender neutral.  His is ‘Little Panda’, and there’s also barnyard, whales, jungle and desert themes for those of us who don’t want to stick our little darlings in a box marked ‘BOY’ or ‘GIRL’ constantly.

The only con I guess is that it’s hand wash only.  That I can live with though.

Read about our earlier Official Dominic sanctioned Good Feeding Accoutrements here

– Jill

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I’ve so much to tell you!  I was at the beach on my holidays and I ate outside all the time not just like that one time in my garden a week ago that mama said was our summer.  But I’m tired now so I’ll tell you all about the nummy things I ate later and while you wait for that here is me in the outside bit of our pretend house.

stuffin mah face in the great outdoors

Its that al fresco time of year again!

eat away, mama doesn't have to mop the garden

There’s only one thing to do when the child’s last hour of creche is spent in the sandpit and thats keep him outdoors until the bath is run.

Dominic’s grasp of cutlery has vastly improved.  And boy does he not want my help anymore.  So with our ‘spell’ (eh, 2 days so far) of good weather, I decided that we could take the mess outside.

I was alerted to a fantastic veggie blog recently by Donal Skehan on Twitter.  It’s called Veggies and Me written by an Australian woman living in Dublin.  The food photography is gorgeous, and I really like the perspective of a vegetarian Australian living here.  I plan to make Chargilled Veggies, Chickpea & Halloumi salad and After workout Breakfast eggs (except without the early morning workout) but this week I tackled the Eggplant Parmesan with Lentils.  As Megan points out, this is a little time consuming and might make a good weekend dish.  However,  I prepared and assembled it after pilates one night, while baking sweet potato wedges and a sneaky quorn escalope in the oven for that evening.   Then we popped it in the oven the following evening and had a couple of nights out of it.  I’m not sure of the authenticity of the name, as there’s not a bit of parmesan to be seen, but I’m sure you could sprinkle the veggie kind on there.  Lentils were a great touch I have to say – it really made the dish unrecognisable from the dense chewy comfort food version that husbag has dished up in his day.  We’ve argued long into the night about the idea of ‘too much mozzarella’ existing.  I think you can have too much, he doesn’t, but we can hash that out for ages.  Whether this recipe sticks to the brief or not (I’ve checked there’s a lorra lorra eggplant parmesan recipes out there, each one slightly different) it’s a fantastic family food.