Last year when my nephew was born and I was living in Sydney, I started making up care packages to drop off on weekends. Since then, making food for new parents has become one of my most favourite things to do.
I love to cook and cooking for new parents brings me a special kind of joy. It's celebratory and nourishing too and I love fussing over little things like packaging and meal combinations. I also love making the drop offs, it's the nicest excuse to check-in and is hopefully without the pressure of a proper visit.
When I'm planning a care package I try to make three things - a main meal, something sweet and a healthy snack or easy breakfast. If I'm pressed for time, I'll skip the main meal and if I have the day off, I'll ask if there are any special requests.
Lately, I've been making these salted chocolate chip cookies, which I hear are good for visitors and almond and date bars from Smitten Kitchen's cookbook, which I hear make a delicious midnight snack.
In the past I've also made cranberry and coconut granola, these blueberry, oat and yoghurt muffins - after my sister-in-law told me that oats were great for breastfeeding - and granola parfaits. Now that it's getting cooler, I'd love to make an apple pie, it's the ultimate comfort food.
It's fun to add little gifts too, like a cute nightie, a packet of Thank You cards, a bottle of wine or even a baby book, a tub of fancy ice cream or a funny DVD.
I'm excited to make another drop off tomorrow and something nice - some of my friends call me the food fairy :)