Savoury Cheese and Spinach Muffins

Ingredients

  • Makes: 10

1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
175g plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp smoked paprika pepper (optional)

Oil or unsalted butter for frying and greasing.

1 large egg
110ml milk
125g grated cheese (mature chedder works well)
70g baby spinach leaves, ripped

Method

  • Preparation: 15 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Ready in: 35 min
  1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C.
  2. Heat oil or butter in a frying pan add the onion and fry until the onion softens, remove the onion from the pan and set aside.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder and smoked paprika into a bowl, make a well in the centre.
  4. Beat the egg in a bowl and add the milk, whisk them together, add the mixture to the flour and fold together.
  5. Add the cheese, fried onion and spinach and fold gently until evenly mixed.
  6. Line a muffin tray with muffin cases, spoon the mixture into the muffin cases.
  7. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until golden brown and springy, remove from the oven and allow to cool.

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The power of baby massage

We’ve all been there, it’s been a long day, and you flop down on the sofa, your body feels heavy with the day – then a gentle touch from your partner or child and you feel lighter and calmer.

Massage is a powerful tool to help us relax and feel better, it can help us both physically, by taking away muscle tension and discomfort and emotionally by relieving stress and helping us unwind. And it’s no different for your baby.

As parents we’ve all had that moment, you need to go to the toilet or answer the door so you put your baby down and he cries and cries. Pick him up and as if by magic he’s happy again.

Being a baby is hard work, and especially in those first few months – It’s a new world, so different to their previous home, the womb. Its full of new smells, sounds, sights, textures – every day is different and full of new and exciting and sometimes scary experiences, but something as a simple touch from you, their parent, something they are so acutely familiar with and all is right in the world.

If just being close to your baby can sooth her, then consider how she could benefit from a full-body massage. Research has shown that massaging your baby has numerous benefits including;

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Giving your baby regular massages is not only good for his well-being but also yours. Positive touch between parent and child instigates the body to produce Oxytocin, also known as the ‘love hormone’ because it is released when people snuggle up or bond socially. This powerful hormone creates strong connections within the brain for both baby and parent, and as this connection is nurtured the parent will become more connected and aware of their baby’s feelings, it will also lead to recognise nonverbal cues more readily. Regularly massaging your baby will also give you more confidence and support that feeling of closeness between you both.

Giving your baby a massage is as simple as it is enjoyable. All you need is 10 to 15 minutes for the benefits to be felt and the magic to start. Often the best time to massage is a time when you’re relaxed and your baby is quiet but alert, so not when they are sleepy or hungry, (If you try to massage a fussy baby, it may overstimulate him and make him more unhappy).

Many parents find that straight after the bath routine is the ideal time to indulge in some baby massage time.

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£ 38 – 4 week course (12:15 – 13:15)

Tuesday 19th September – Tuesday 10th October at Imagination Street (Astwood Bank, Redditch)

Baby Massage has endless benefits such as:

  • Spend quality time together as a family
  • Bonding with Baby
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  • Helps premature babies to gain weight 
  • Plus many more benefits…..

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Baby Massage – Morning – September

£ 38 – 4 week course (10:45 – 11:45) 

Tuesday 19th September – Tuesday 10th October at Imagination Street (Astwood Bank, Redditch)

Baby Massage has endless benefits such as:

  • Spend quality time together as a family
  • Bonding with Baby
  • Calm and Soothe Baby and parent before bed time
  • Aids Digestion and Colic
  • Helps develop muscular and skeletal movement
  • Helps premature babies to gain weight 
  • Plus many more benefits…..

Booking for the Term is required.


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Monday 25th September at The Family Hub (Cherry Tree walk, Batchley, Redditch)