"Northcote Social Club is better known for its pumping night life and amazing live bands, not so much for its facilities for the kids.
So l was pleasantly surprised to see when we arrived for a casual Saturday pub lunch that not only do they cater for the big kids and little kids but there were several other families enjoying a Saturday lunch too."
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The packing part is easy - it's the unpacking l hate.
So when the time comes to pack up baby and head overseas or interstate on a jet plane here are some tips and tricks to help you on your way.
This is only a guide of what l packed for my "carry on luggage'
I found all the items very useful for the age of my child which is 16 months
********** One medium size carry on suitcase or bag
A spare change of clothes – track pants and top, t-shirt and socks – don’t put baby in jeans.
One grow suit for night time. I found changing my baby when it was time for bed settled him better as he knows this routine.
One dry face washer in a sealed plastic bag for cleaning grubby hands and faces
One large pack of wipes
10 night-time nappies. I used night time nappies for the whole flight – they are extra absorbent especially if your little one is drinking lots of water to rehydrate. Pending on your time in the air l gave my son one night time nappy per hour. Although l didn't use all of them it’s always better to have spares.
Plastic disposable nappy bags
2 light blankets
15 sachets of powdered milk
4 sachets of Rafferty’s Fruit Puree – although my bubba is well over 4 months and onto solids these are great for “filling” tummies and are a sweet treat. No mess no fuss.
One pack of Heinz Baby Fruit Sticks
6 Mr Men books for reading – small and light
4 Matchbox cars that bubba hadn't seen before – so they were new and exciting
Panadol with two spare medicine dosage syringes
Brauer Calm – Natural Medicine to calm babies
Vicks Baby Balsam – just in case of congestion from flight
Lavender Lotion to rub on chest and back for calming and soothing
Kids QuicKit – small first aid kit with bandaids and alcohol wipes
4 Spare plastic supermarket bags for dirty clothes or any extra mess
l don't usually blow my own trumpet about my cooking.
But last night l cooked up a storm and l just had to share this delicious recipe from last night's dinner. I grabbed it from The Sunday Age last week so some of you may have already seen it.
Parsley Pesto with Gnocchi
1 big bunch flat leaf parsley - leaves washed, picked, dried and chopped1 bunch basil leaves 2 cloves garlic pinch of salt120 ml extra virgin olive oil freshly ground pepper 120g pine nuts, toasted 100g parmesan, grated2 cups potato gnocchi 40g butter 100ml thin cream 1 tbsp tiny capers
For pesto, combine parsley,basil, garlic & salt in a food processor & pulse until the mixture resembles puree Slowly add oil and season with pepper Add 80g pine nuts & 80g parmesan & blitz quickly in pulses
Place in a clean jar (if you drizzle a little oil on top it will keep for a up to a week)
Cook gnocchi in plenty of lightly salted boiling water for 2-3 minutes until slightly puffed, drain & set aside In a heavy-based pan over medium heat, combine butter, gnocchi & cream Bring to the simmer & then add as much parsley pesto as you would like - at least 2 heaped tbsp - & toss through Add a handful of parsley & the capers, & serve with remaining pine nuts & parmesan