He now has a real issue with all orange food. Nightmare. It's like living with a toddler.
Australian's view pumpkin, as cow fodder, as its cheap and plentiful and I guess fed to the cows, which as a migrant I found fascinating.
In England I thought it was gourmet. How wrong I was! Or maybe not...
I soon got around the problem, with my significant other, as my favourite veggies are carrots and butternut squash!
So we reached a win-win and yes he eats it with gusto now. Really.
The secret is to oven roast it in olive oil. What that does is caramellise the starch and turn it into lovely sweet tasting yumminess. The same thing applies to carrots, parsnips, beetroot and sweet potatoes. Once you've tried it you'll never go back to steamed or boiled. It's just not the same.
Even the fussiest of bubs will love it too. Breast fed babies have a sweet tooth and often, oven roasted pumpkin and butternut squash, are the easiest foods to start with. Baby rice just doesn't cut it with those bubs.
The formula fed bubs love it too.
It's a great first puree for baby and is hypo-allergenic.
It has a starchy base, so is a great filler and helps sleep. Great for mixing with other vegies and fruit e.g. pumpkin and apple, pumpkin and broccoli, pumpkin and zucchini. You get the idea...
So here it is Pureed Butternut squash
Pre-heat oven to 180C
Peel the outer hard skin off the butternut squash (or pumpkin), careful as it has tough skin!
Chop into smaller pieces, equallish sized
Place on a baking sheet lined with foil and brush with extra virgin olive oil
Oven roast till starting to change colour - about 15-20 minutes
Blend with stick blender and bubs usual milk or water
Serve - Ta dah!
Or can be freezed. It freezes well in freezer bags or ice-cube trays.
It really is yummo
And its' pumpkin soup for me and my significant other tonight...
And yes he ate it.