CSMA challenge: Crispy bacon, houmous and cheese topped Pork chops #newthings

This week our challenge set by CSMA was to try a new food, well I have been a bit lazy on the blog from what with returning to work and the children going back to school and I have found it difficult to get back into a routine. I left it too late to do a shop (I had something extravagant to try out) but instead I had to result with trying out anew recipe with what i had left in the fridge/cupboards. I guess that is just normal life!

This is week 3 of 4 for the CSMA challenge, last week it was Try out a new game, which we wrote about Balloon Pop and the week before it was to visit a new place, we went to London and done a Harry Potter tour.

My family love to try new food and don’t shy away with tasting something that is new to them, anything to tickle their taste buds. The boys get quite excited when they are served up a new recipe to try. I have always taught them to taste it first before complaining that they don’t like it as sometimes you can be pleasantly surprised at how something tastes as to what it looks like. The youngest loves his seafood, with his favourite being mussels from the shell and The eldest is beginning to enjoy eating lots more spicy food and has even started to be adventurous in cooking them

A well-balanced diet, Eating a variety of food is good for our health. Each week we try to introduce a new food into the house, wether it be a new spice, new recipe or a new fruit to try. The children now like to pick out foods at the supermarket and ask me if we can try it at home, i like to encourage this and when we are cooking it I get them to watch and help out.

Unfortunately this week we wasn’t so adventurous with our food but it was still a new recipe to try.

Pork chops Pizza



Pork chop medallions

Tomato Puree

Half a small onion chopped finely

2 garlic cloves

6 slices Bacon chopped and cubed (remove the rind)


Grated cheese

Oliver oil

Mixed herbs


  • Place the chops under the grill until the pinkness has gone, and turn over for a few minutes.
  • Fry off the onions adding the garlic and bacon in some olive oil until the bacon is nice and crispy
  • Once one side of the chops are cooked and the other side has lost its pinkness, spread some tomato puree over them adding a big dollop of houmous and place back under the grill for a minute.
  • Top the chops with the bacon mixture and add some of the cheese on top, place back under the grill until the cheese melts
  • Repeat the last instructions
  • Take out of the grill and plate it up adding some more of the bacon on top and some mixed herbs

Serve with baby potatoes and greens


We used caramised onion houmous and make sure you are generous with it, it gives a smoothness to the taste.

Hope you enjoy.

If you looking for inspiration on new recipes why not take a look at Boundless Things To do page for some recipe ideas on a budget



Baby Zilli Food Review

I was recently sent 4 packets of Baby Zilli food for my 6 month old Oliver to try.

Zilli Baby was created by celebrity chef Aldo Zilli and entrepreneur Dean Dunham, after working together for 2 years, combing their efforts and knowledge of children and food they set about researching and creating nutritious organic baby food.

The logo on the baby food pouches says

“Good enough for mamma and papa to eat”

I am very eager to have a taste myself. I am a fan of Aldo Zilli’s food points to cookbook sitting on the bookshelf, so even before testing the food my expectations are high.

The baby Zilli range was launched in January 2011, selling in Waitrose, Tesco, Ocado, Babies ‘R’ Us, Budgens, Amazon and Whole Foods.

Their baby food range covers 6 categories:

  • Stage One – From 4 Months
  • Stage Two – From 6 Months
  • Stage Three – From 9 Months
  • Brekkie – From 6 Months
  • Puddings – From 9 Months
  • Drinks – From 12 Months

With each packet of food promising

  • No Preservatives
  • No Artificial Additives
  • No E Numbers
  • No Added Salt or Sugar
  • Non GM
  • No Bulking Agents


I was very happy to be feed them to my baby, I like to give Oliver food that is the nearest to home made food as possible, with this food range I don think I will be let down.

Each pouch of food is made of foil with a screw lid, so if baby does not eat all of the food from the packet you can replace the lid and place into the fridge where it can be stored and keep for up to 48 hours.

The designs on the packets are eye catching with the bright and bold colours and a little Aldo Zilli cartoon character on them, making them fun and quirky.

We took a pouch out with us on a visit to our local restaurant, it’s the perfect size and shape to slot into our changing bag without making it feel heavy and bulky. And if your like me, and forget to take along a feeding bowl, you can just squirt out the food directly on to a spoon.

We tried the Tutti Frutti Mix first from the stage one range, this is made with peaches, bananas and apricots, it’s very vibrant in colour and smells fresh. Oliver loved it and even tried to grab the spoon off of me and feed himself. Some of it landed on my finger, so obviously I had to lick it off and I must say I was pleasantly surprised, it was delicious! He made quite a mess with eating this and it got all over his clothes an I am delighted to say that it washed out on the first try. This made me one very happy Mamma!

Next we tried the Potato & Lamb Stew, a blend of vegetables and mint from the stage two range. This being from 6 months and upwards was quite textured and certainly tested his taste buds. It is strong in flavour and smells divine, just like home made food. I was very impressed with the taste, it was quite mature with a strong taste of mint, definitely not bland.

A favourite of Oliver’s was Aldo’s Fruit Brekkie made with rice, pears, peaches and milk. I couldn’t get the food into his mouth quick enough, he constantly licked his lips for more and at one point i thought he was going to suck the spoon out of my hand, he really enjoyed it. When all the food was gone he cried for more.

I would highly recommend this range of food from Baby Zilli, the pouches are ideal for food on the go, fresh tasting, delicious, good quality and as the logo says “Good enough for mamma and papa to eat” I would have to agree.

Baby Zilli also run a weekly competition where you can enter a picture of your baby eating one of the Baby Zilli dishes. To enter your baby all you have to do is email a picture of your child eating one of the Baby Zilli dishes to amanda@dunhamgroup .co.uk. The winning baby will receive a goodie bag! Terms & Conditions apply

I’m going to enter my baby, Why don’t you?


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