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Soup -A winter warmer for newborn days

Pumpkin, Coconut & Lime Soup

Pumpkin, Coconut & Lime Soup

During the dark, cold days of winter life can become a little bit dull. The bright greens of summer salads are a distant memory and cucumbers are selling for $5 each in the supermarket. And if there is a newborn in your home it can be even harder to make nutritious family meals when most of your time is spent nurturing your littlest addition.  However, if you have a hoard of pumpkins (or can find a cheap one at the grocer) then you are in luck! I stumbled upon this delicious soup from the New Zealand Gardener Garden Diary 2018 magazine this week. As I had the amazing Amy from Newly Born popping by for lunch, I flagged the great looking chickpea croutons and detailed cooking instructions, and just threw the whole lot in the slow cooker (except the coconut cream which I placed it in a jug on the table so people could drizzle their soup for a little piece of decadence!). It turned out to be a total winner, and was so quick to make. 4 hours on high, a quick puree at the end with the stick blender and presto -Lunch was served.

Pumpkin, Coconut & Lime Soup


1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped

2 stalks lemongrass chopped (or 6 lemon tree leaves)

Thumb size piece of ginger chopped

4 cloves of garlic chopped

Zest of 2 limes

1 cup coriander, plus extra for serving

1 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 x 400ml tin coconut cream

2 tablespoons olive oil

1.5kg pumpkin, peeled, cut into 3cm cubes

350kg kumara, peeled, cut into 3cm cubes

1 1/2 cup vegetable stock



Put chilli, lemongrass, ginger, garlic, lime zest, coriander, turmeric and salt into a jug, add a few tablespoons of the coconut cream and, using a stick blender, process until a paste is formed.

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and cook the paste for 5min over a medium heat. Add the pumpkin, kumara, remaining coconut cream and stock, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30mins or until the vegetables are soft. Puree using a stick blender, then serve garnished with a drizzle of olive oil, coriander, and chickpea croutons.


Ingredients chickpea croutons

2 cans chickpeas, rinsed, drained

4 tablespoons olive oil

8 cloves garlic, minced

Zest of 2 limes

1 red chilli, deseeded, minced

1 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 150 degrees C. Dry chickpeas in a clean tea towel, or put them in the oven for a few mins. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, lime zest, chilli and salt and pour over chickpeas, mixing well to coat each one. Transfer to a baking dish and bake for an hour or until crunchy. Give them a good shake/stir from time to time to make sure they cook evenly. This makes more than you will need to garnish the soup so store what is left in an airtight jar.


Recipe from New Zealand Gardener Garden Diary 2018, June. 


Wow, life is a miracle!

Ever wonder what life is like on the inside for your womb baby? Take a quick look at this incredible video by Daily Medical Mysteries. This little bubba has been born via caesarean section with the caul (amniotic sac) completely intact! It's truly amazing to witness how baby beautifully fits inside a Mama's womb. 

Making an informed decision about Vitamin K

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Pregnancy is a really exciting time. A creative, bonding and blossoming time. But it's also a time where families need to make a lot of decisions, including decisions about the health and well-being of their child. One of those decisions will be whether or not their newborn will receive a Vitamin K injection at birth. To keep this in perspective, in the grand scheme of life it is a small decision. After all, it is only one vitamin. However, it is important that this decision is an informed one because it contains risks and benefits for the newborn.

When making an informed decision during pregnancy, BRAN is a very useful tool. This can be used when you discuss your options about a medical decision with your LMC or when doing your own research on a topic. When choosing whether or not your baby will receive a Vitamin K injection, this is what BRAN may look like:

-Benefits. What are the pro's if our baby receives a Vitamin K injection?

-Risks. What con's come with giving our newborn an injection? What risks does the product itself have? Can very high doses of Vitamin K negatively impact on stem cell transfer? Which babies are most at risk of Hemorrhagic Disease of the Newborn (HDN)?

-Alternatives. What are our choices? Would oral Vitamin K be suitable for our newborn?

-No/nothing. We have the option of declining a Vitamin K injection. Or perhaps we might need to ask for more information and time to help us make an informed decision.

The most important thing to remember is that this is your decision. Don't take your ability to make informed decisions about your newborn's health and well-being for granted. Spend time doing your research and ask your LMC for information on Vitamin K. Then feel proud that you made the best decision you could at the time, with the information you had. What more could you ask of yourself than that?

Here's some good articles to get you started on your decision making journey:

Vitamin K: An alternative perspective by Dr Sara Wickham

Vitamin K Video Series by Evidence Based Birth

Code of Health & Disability Services Consumer Rights

Back to the Wild Giveaway

Back to the Wild Mum & Baby Deluxe Gift Box

Back to the Wild Mum & Baby Deluxe Gift Box

To celebrate The Birthing Room's launch of Online Antenatal Classes this week we are giving away a beautiful gift pack from Back to the Wild to one lucky family-to-be! The lucky winner will receive:

1 x 65gm Sunscreen
1 x 65gm Nappy Rash Barrier Balm
1 x 30gm Kawakawa Balm
1 x 30gm Stretch Mark / Scar Reducing Balm
1 x 30gm Baby Chest Rub
1 x 15gm Nipple Balm (Can be used as a lip balm also if not breastfeeding)
1 x 80gm Goatsmilk & Chamomile Soap
1 x Info sheet
1 x Gift Box

Valued at $47 and made from natural ingredients this is sure to bless your socks off!

Click here to enter.

Special thanks to Back to the Wild

Terms and conditions:

Entries close Tuesday 10th April at 10pm (NZST). Entries can be made via the click here button, or The Birthing Room's Facebook page. The winner will be selected at random. Prize will be posted to a New Zealand address only. Participants enrolled in The Birthing Room's Online Antenatal Classes automatically go in the draw. This prize cannot be exchanged or transferred to cash. To be eligible to enter, subscription to The Birthing Room must be maintained for the duration of this campaign.

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