I like to think my food is good, but you should see what Adam Shaw puts on the table for his family each evening! Check out his Instagram for loads of inspiring meals for pregnancy and family life. He’s a trained chef with an incredible knack for making meals suitable for tiny hands and big appetites alike. I especially like the fact that he designs recipes for the nutritional demands of the various stages of pregnancy and family life and it all looks soooooo delicious! And what’s more, he’s teaming up with FTB friend Charlotte Stirling-Reed to share some pregnancy-related recipes all month.
I met Adam nearly a year ago at the Tunbridge Wells Food and Drink Festival, then made friends with him online without realising the connection. When we recently met in person at an event we both attended, he jogged my memory about our first meeting at the festival and the penny dropped! Anyway, I had already bugged him for this interview because I was so keen to get a dude on. Luckily Adam isn’t just any old dude – he’s the perfect fit for FTB! Let’s hear what gems he has to offer:
WHAT’S YOUR BEST TIP FOR FEEDING BABIES?
Don’t overthink it and try to relax. Remember that you are with your child at the start of their culinary journey and like all new beginnings it will take them a while to get the hang of things. I was as guilty as the next parent of overthinking and overanalysing things. Give your child space and don’t overcrowd them, even if you’re worried about whether they are eating or not. My wife reminds me still when I’m sharing a table with my son to sit back and not watch him closely to see what he eats. No-one would eat in that situation.
WHAT’S YOUR COMFORT FOOD?
Runny fried egg, mashed potato and sausages. Proper comfort food. I love breaking the eggs and mixing them into the mash.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE FAST FOOD?
Take out Chinese food eaten cold (normally for breakfast) out of the container the next day. Don’t judge me.
WHAT’S YOUR BEST TIP FOR EATING OUT WITH CHILDREN?
Like above, your child will tell if you’re wound up so try to relax and, something which is hard for me sometimes, don’t be self-conscious about them making a mess or being loud. They’re children, it happens. Bring a few books with you, order their food quickly and make them feel part of the occasion. In terms of seating put them somewhere where they can look around (ie not facing a wall!). My son isn’t great in restaurants but put him in a highchair outside in a pub garden (with us obviously!) and he’s perfectly happy as there are lots of things going on around him to distract him.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE HERB?
Mint or coriander, impossible to choose between the two. I used to live in Mexico and Singapore so coriander takes me back whenever I smell it, and I just can’t get enough of how fresh mint tastes.
Don’t worry, Adam, we wouldn’t judge you for the cold take away the next morning – we’ve all done it! Except I love to do it with cold curry. Anywho, thanks for providing such detailed and interesting answers. I have definitely learned a thing or two about eating out with kids!