All The Treats A Mother Could Ever Need
Here at Tabl, we are devout supporters of the mantra ‘a little bit of what you fancy does you good’ - what constitutes ‘a little bit’, is entirely up for discussion. Instead of us trying to figure out how to apply this theory to Mother’s Day, we turned to our fellow Facebook incubatees Mush, gurus on all things maternal, for their take on the subject. What follows is Manisha Ferdinand’s guide to must eat pudding for mums…..
They say that everyone has a talent; that everyone is good at something. But where some have an affinity for languages, a way with numbers or are musically gifted, my talents lie in an uncanny knack for always selecting the best dessert on any given menu. I may not know much, but goddamn it, I know dessert. And if there’s one thing that you need to get through the first, gruelling year of parenthood, it’s dessert.
The ‘I need to eat this quickly because my kid will wake up any minute’ dessert
You’ve managed to achieve the unthinkable and get through a whole meal without the sodding baby monitor going off and your food going cold. You know it’s only a matter of time before that all changes. The aforementioned baby monitor is a ticking time-bomb, daring you to try your luck with dessert. What are your options?
CAKE. Doesn’t matter what type – Victoria Sponge, Chocolate, Coffee and Walnut, Red Velvet – whatever you’ve got in the house (and if you are anything like me, you will have some in the house.) PROS: It’s simple, effective and can be eaten with one hand, no cutlery and on the move. CONS: It’s not particularly exciting. BUT it gets the job done. It’s the Dermot O’Leary of desserts.
We here at Tabl have got you covered on this one - or more specifically Mama Vasty has - with her range of award winning cakes (the peanut butter one is particularly good)
The ‘today has been REALLY awful’ dessert
You’ve had two hours max of sleep, you’ve changed what feels like 400 nappies, the baby won’t stop crying, you haven’t had time for a cup of tea and the house looks like a landmine filled with tiny clothes and toys has gone off. It’s not been the best day. So there’s only one real option – get that sticky toffee pudding in the oven, dump half a tub of ice-cream or custard into a bowl, assume a prone position on the sofa and stuff your eyes with rubbish TV and your face with that sweet, sweet pudding. Sticky Toffee, you complete me.
The ‘I can probably share this one with the baby’ dessert
Everyone gives their kid a little taste of ice-cream, right? Right? Guys?
Tabl: We totally agree Manisha - and this recipe for banana choc-chip ice-cream is stupidly easy to make
The ‘someone else has offered to make me something’ dessert
We all have that lovely friend or friends who, when baby arrives, will
come over and cook or send food for you. If they ask what you want you should have one response: CRUMBLE. Crumble – with whatever fruit you like with it – is delicious and also super healthy because of all the aforementioned fruit but is an ABSOLUTE FAFF that no new mum in their right mind should be considering. Having someone else ponce about with stewing fruit and making crumble (NB I have only a very vague idea of the actual process) is a much better option for everyone involved, except perhaps the poor friend who offered in the first place. But, you know, that’s their problem now, not yours.
The ‘can eat whilst also feeding the kid’ dessert
Something that’s fresh out of the oven or ice-cold from the fridge or freezer probably isn’t the best thing to potentially drop on a baby’s head while they’re eating (although if they’re anything like my kid, nothing short of a freight train would distract him from his food. Hmmm, wonder where he gets that from). Pies are good in this situation – banoffee; chocolate, fruit if you must – anything that can be eaten at room temperature. Of course the added bonus of banoffee pie is it handily tricks you into having fruit in a delicious formation ie mixed up with toffee and cream.
If you’re feeling a little fruity, this amazing cherry pie from the Tabl team is ideal hot, cold or eaten one-handed
The ‘boosts your milk supply’ dessert
Cheese? Excellent. Cake? Excellent. PUT THE TWO THINGS TOGETHER??? Nirvana. Whoever came up with this incredible invention should be knighted, if they aren’t already. And all that cheese means loads of calcium and protein and erm…other stuff; which has got to be good news if you’re breastfeeding right?
Oh sod it. Desserts are delicious. Now you’re a Mum, you’ve got a lifetime of worrying about things ahead of you. Don’t let whether you should have dessert or not be one of them.
Cheese √ cake √ red √ - a cake that ticks all of Manisha's boxes
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