The Silver Spoon is one the most influential Italian cookbooks of the last fifty years and has taught generations of us how to cook like Italians in our own homes. At Junior, we love The Silver Spoon for Children, which was republished last year to celebrate its 10th Anniversary.
Today sees the launch of The Silver Spoon: Recipes for Babies, bringing the Italian way of eating to a much younger audience. Italian babies and infants are encouraged to explore the tastes and textures of real food from the time they start solid foods with the aim of helping them to develop a love of fresh ingredients and healthy eating.
From six months to around 11 months, babies are introduced to a variety of foods and this window provides the perfect chance to introduce as many flavours as possible, making the transition from first foods to meals with the family seamless. And, this is where The Silver Spoon: Recipes for Babies steps in. Any parents looking to expand their baby’s palate, using easy-to-source ingredients from this familiar and beloved cuisine, will find a great selection of simple, wholesome and authentic Italian recipes specifically for babies 6-7 months, and then 8 to 24 months on these pages.
What’s more, The Silver Spoon: Recipes for Babies means easy-to-cook baby foods using the same ingredients used to prepare the entire family’s meals. One such recipe is this Italian classic for Baby’s first “risi e bisi” or, simply risotto with peas. Or, why not try The Silver Spoon Baby’s first pasta Carbonara.
- fresh shelled peas or frozen petit pois 2 heaped tbsp
- spring onion (scallion) 3/4-in/2-cm piece, white only
- lean cooked ham ¼ cup/30 g/1 oz, diced
- vegetable stock (broth) 1 cup/240 ml/8 fl oz
- baby rice 2 tbsp
- extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp
Adding cooked ham:
From the eighth month onward, you can add cooked ham to this risotto, an ingredient that goes well with peas. Choose a natural, phosphate-free product. Remove any fat and only use the lean parts.
When your baby reaches 12 months, try introducing radicchio cooked in a risotto. Soften a diced onion in some oil, then finely shred a few radicchio leaves and add them to the pan. Sauté the vegetables for 5 minutes and then add the baby rice and cook as usual.
Gluten-free, dairy-free, suitable for refrigeration, suitable for freezing.
THE SILVER SPOON: RECIPES FOR BABIES (published by Phaidon) is out on April 24th 2020
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>> More Recipes from the Silver Spoon…Why not try Classic Lasagne from The Silver Spoon for Children and enjoy this with The Silver Spoon Home-made Focaccia and finish with The Silver Spoon Banana Cream Pudding for dessert?