FOODSTUFF: Introducing Daniel Thomas

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There’s been a bit of a lull in my blog activity but I’ve had a good reason. A four-day-early baby arrival isn’t something that can be planned, and the ensuing chaos that follows makes it hard to find 30 quality minutes or two free typing hands to get stuck into a keyboard. dsc_0011.jpg

Allow me to digress from restaurants and chefs and to introduce a very special somebody. Daniel Thomas entered the world on Sunday August 8th weighing 3.45kg with a hearty set of lungs. Neither of his parents had changed a nappy before, and were of the opinion that tiny babies were scarily fragile items to handle. We’ve been delighted to learn that nappy-changing isn’t enjoyed by babies either, that little people are fairly robust when their arms are crammed into sleeves, and that certain facial expressions make adult hearts wobble with love. We’re really enjoying the learning curve.

A decision was taken not to find out the sex, but our instincts led us to believe our baby was female. (Parents at birth: “He’s a boy. Oh? But he was meant to be a girl. I know!”) During pregnancy he was commonly referred to as Nugget. The nickname has stuck, frequently shortened to the Nug Bug. For a person whose head is smaller than an adult hand, it seems appropriate. dsc_0070.jpg

Now the food connection…

He was born on a Sunday evening during a long weekend. Twenty lengths at the indoor pool were followed by Sunday brunch at Voila in De Waterkant. Eggs Benedict with a celebratory glass of Graham Beck Rosé in anticipation of the week of his birth. OK, one-third of a glass to keep the disapproving stares at bay…

After a late afternoon movie at V&A Waterfront (note the trend: soon-to-be-parents cramming in multiple leisure activities) we nipped into Pick n Pay to buy ingredients for three weekday dinners: chicken curry, spaghetti Bolognaise and pre-made spinach and ricotta panzarotti (it only needed a tomato sauce to be whipped up). Food was on my mind as we left the supermarket and my waters broke. A hasty hospital trip and by 11pm Daniel was born.

The Nug Bug’s early food preferences? dsc_0030.jpg He has a healthy appetite for breast milk and like his mother, enjoys snacking. So far I’ve eaten mild stews, pizza, Asian dishes livened by chilli, homemade muesli, chocolate, cooked vegetables and plenty of fruit salad without noticeable side effects.

We’ll try not to turn him into a food snob and just let him get on with it. I remember a magazine shoot with a celebrated Stellenbosch chef and his family a few years back, hearing how his toddler had a fascination with bitter black olives and truffle oil over freshly rolled pasta. There is plenty of time for Daniel to develop a gourmet palate if he chooses, preferably on his own account! For the most part he’ll be raised on fresh ingredients, but if Daniel’s curiosity extends to factory-processed McD’s he’ll be welcome to sample the odd Happy Meal too. Kids should be kids and have fun. Provided he’s similarly open-minded about trying spinach, liver and brussels sprouts…

Comments

  1. Cathy, Kevin & Charlie
    August 24th, 2010 at 02:46PM

    Lovely pics Kim and once again, many congrats to you both! Bet you're glad to be back on the odd glass of wine and slices of sashimi - I sure as hell was! Looking forward to meeting him at some point but in the meantime, here's wishing you lots of sleep and lots of love from us all xx

  2. claudia wing
    August 24th, 2010 at 10:07PM

    Congratulations! He is absolutely adorable - has his parent's good looks I see!

    All the best to all of you and hope the sleepless nights are not too trying.

    Lots of love Claudia, Mitchell, Olivia and Chiara XXX

  3. August 25th, 2010 at 12:23PM

    Awww cutie pie!!! He's just gorgeous. CONGRATS.

  4. Lise Manley
    August 26th, 2010 at 11:05AM

    Congratulations both of you! He is absolutely gorgeous and from experience I can tell you that boys are very special! Enjoy every moment, he will be running around, making you pancakes before you know it!

  5. warwick aka wally
    August 28th, 2010 at 01:32AM

    Well what a wonderful picture and im sure mum and dad will fill the roles just perfectly. I have a feeling that the free spirited food review will take on an added richness as food now becomes even more important for growing babies.
    I look forward to references in future reviews.
    congrats
    kylie warwick sophia

  6. Leigh
    August 30th, 2010 at 11:21AM

    Hi Kim, He is gorgeous. Huge congrats to you and Craig - I am so thrilled for you both. Daniel is blessed to have you as parents and I have no doubt he is going to bring you endless joy, love and happiness - with the occassional sleepless night thrown in.....
    All the best and have loads of fun.....
    Much love
    Leigh

  7. Ryan
    September 8th, 2010 at 04:54PM

    congratulations Kim and Craig

    Lana is not far away now either, I guess we will have our hands full as well.

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