Vij’s Chef and Co-Owner Meeru Dhalwala enjoys it when patrons carry their child into the cafe. It reminds her of when she used to cook for her personal small children when they were younger.
“I appreciate babies. I have two daughters who are now adults,” mentioned Dhalwala. “While I did not get any prizes for potty education, bedtime schedules, or receiving them to school on time, I was a star at cooking for them. My young daughter’s 1st full sentence in her lovable toddler voice was, ‘Mama, I wan’ extra.’”
Dhalwala is now helping new moms feed their personal toddlers with her just lately launched line of sustainably farmed and natural and organic toddler food items, My Bambiri.
“My Bambiri is hand-made by me with natural grains, as perfectly as develop from BC farms with attractive soil,” Dhalwala stated in an interview. “It’s straightforward foods built creatively with a contact of classic wisdom. My Bambiri food items are baby’s initially ‘culinary making blocks.’”
The India-born, Washington, DC-elevated, and Vancouver-dependent restauranteur was motivated to build My Bambiri after conference lots of new moms at Vij’s and listening to their encounters.
“In 27 many years of jogging the restaurant, I have satisfied lots of moms who overstress their baby’s diet,” stated Dhalwala. “There are also mothers who have so several economical or time stresses that their babies finish up having French fries just to fill up their tummies. Neither is a superior start for a child,” she explained.
“Unhealthy eating plans get started with unhealthy having patterns that get started early in one’s lifestyle. So I made a decision to commence from the starting.”
My Bambiri, named soon after a nickname specified to Dhalwala by her moms and dads when she realized how to crawl, currently offers four flavours for infants 6 to 12 months old: Blueberry-Sunflower Seeds, Apple-Teff (an historic grain), Beets-Crimson Lentils, and Lentils-Basmati Rice.
The sustainably farmed and organic infant meals are accessible for invest in at www.mybambiri.com and via takeout get at Vij’s. The things occur frozen to lock in the nourishment at the time of cooking. All the guardian or caregiver has to do is thaw them in the fridge and microwave for 15 to 25 seconds.
“For My Bambiri, making the style and recipes was the best aspect. I shut my eyes and visualize what would a toddler want to consume,” shared Dhalwala. “These are vegetarian recipes with enjoyment ingredients that I created for my women when they ended up infants, just tweaked a bit.
Dhalwala states she would make distinctive child meals at Vij’s for fun.
“Moms from the Cambie neighbourhood would deliver their babies to the cafe or I would take the foodstuff to them. My initial little one was Ryan who was being elevated vegan and 9 months outdated,” she stated.
“I realized I was on to some thing when I created the Apple-Teff dish. No joke, following he completed the foods, infant Ryan grabbed the bowl and put it in his mouth to lick! This is the photo that launched me and my quest for My Bambiri.”
Dhalwala also told Each day Hive that though she cooks for the toddlers, she selling prices the food for the moms and dads. Individuals can buy My Bambiri products according to their cash flow concentrations.
“My Bambiri has a few unique charges and all parents can spend according to their exclusive economic conditions,” stated Dhalwala. “If a guardian is improved off fiscally, they can pay out a greater total for the child food to assistance keep the business enterprise going whilst serving to a person else who is not as very well off to pay out much less.”
All profits higher than the net value will go in the direction of little one meals becoming donated to the Foods Stash Foundation for distribution to foodstuff-insecure families.
“Access to wholesome foods is a human appropriate for all infants and toddlers and thus their parents. My mother and father struggled economically but were being adamant about feeding their children healthy and nutritious food items. They also balked at charity as working parents. All mothers and fathers want company with their means and money amounts and I want to support them with that.”
Following Dhalwala has paid off her fees for building the first batch, she ideas on expanding into toddler foods.
“My objective is to get this nutritious, neatly sourced, and fun-tasting infant meals into as numerous toddlers as probable,” mentioned Dhalwala. “I want absolutely everyone to experience as if My Bambiri is 1 team of parents, irrespective of their household incomes. A baby is a infant and the much more of us that get the suitable begin in wellbeing, the greater it is for our earth.”