Meet Ned, our new cookery writer

Ned de Uphaugh runs children's food delivery company Fed by Ned
Ned de Uphaugh runs children's food delivery company Fed by Ned

Ned de Uphaugh, Mumfidential’s new cookery writer, runs Fed by Ned, an organic, seasonal and healthy children’s food delivery service. Over the coming weeks he will be sharing his favourite children’s recipes with Mumfidential. They’re all quick, easy and filled with nutritious ingredients that are widely available.

We want to create dishes that will encourage children to enjoy meal times and be more experimental about what they eat

Fed by Ned was set up by Ned and his wife Leonie last year as a healthy alternative to shop-bought children’s food. “What you get out there is often so bland,” he says. “We want to create dishes that will encourage children to enjoy meal times and be more experimental about what they eat.”

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 14.26.13Ned gave up a career as an artist to become a chef. After a few years he decided that home cooking was more his thing, and decided to set up a catering business – aimed at children.

“Leonie has been weaning toddlers for the past 17 years so we make a good team,” he says. “Our recipes are classic family dishes without any nasties such as sugar and salt; we use herbs and mild spices to give them flavour.”

READ: NED’S CHICKEN PIE WITH FENNEL

His repertoire includes plenty of fresh vegetables and grass fed organic meat. “We go easy on things such as onions that can promote colic,” Ned explains. “And we use natural coconut sugars, organic flour and free range eggs.”

On his menu this summer are kedgeree, shepherd’s pie, parmesan and kale risotto along with healthy treats such as beetroot brownies and courgette cupcakes. “If you give children healthier alternatives from a young age they will never know any different,” he says.

Weaning is a subject close to Ned and Leonie’s hearts at the moment as their son is now five months. Digby, Ned explains, is chief taster for all the Fed by Ned Purees, which are supplied in squeezy pouches and are available in combinations such as carrot, parsnip and broccoli, and apple, pear and cinnamon.

“The most important thing about meal times is that they’re fun,” Ned explains. “They’ve definitely got a whole lot more exciting for us since we started weaning our child.”

Click here for Ned’s first Mumfidential receipe: chicken pie with fennel

For more information about Fed by Ned or to place your first order see www.fedbyned.com

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