When your little one reaches eight or nine months, he’ll want to start feeding himself. It’s important to introduce finger foods and lumpier textures to his diet around this time as it will help refine his chewing technique. This, in turn, helps with speech development and strengthens jaw muscles. If you’re giving finger foods to your baby, always stay in the room with him until he’s finished and check nothing is stored in the cheeks that he could choke on later.
*Makes 1 portion
*Preparation 5 minutes
*Cook 7 minutes
*Not suitable for freezing or reheating
- 45g cheddar cheese, grated
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp cream or milk
- 2-3 drops Worcestershire sauce
- 1 English muffin, split and toasted
- Peas, pea pods, and carrot for garnishing
- 1 halved black olive for garnishing
- Chives for garnishing
- Preheat the grill on high. Mash cheese, egg yolk, cream, and Worcestershire sauce together in a bowl and season with pepper to taste.
- Spread the cheese mixture over the toasted muffin and to the edges.
- Grill the muffin 7-8cm from the heat source for 3 to 4 minutes until the cheese is gold and bubbling. Don’t let the muffin halves get too close to the heat or they may brown too quickly.
- Decorate the muffin with peas for eyes, pea pods for ears, an olive for a nose, chives for whiskers, and a carrot for fun.
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