The mother cooking up gourmet organic take out meals… strictly for the under-threes
17:44 GMT, 21 June 2012
A mother with no formal chef training has launched a range of gourmet baby food.
Vanya Petkova, a 35-year-old from Queens, New York, has created ready-to-eat organic meals for children aged between 10 months and three-years-old.
The mother-of-one home-delivers the meals, which include eggplant pasta with goat cheese and Chicken Paprikash stew, after she allows Theodor, her 14-month-old, taste-test the food.
Entrepreneur: Vanya Petkova, a mother-of-one, has created a line of gourmet food for babies and toddlers. Titled Mommy's Yummies, the range is home-delivered and free of salt, sugar and artifical flavours
The Bulgarian-born mother ensures that the range of food, which she has titled Mommy's Yummies, are cut into pieces small enough for tiny tots to devour safely.
Each meal is prepared without salt, sugar and artificial flavours.
Love: The mother, pictured with her son Theodor, aims to help other mothers get their hands on fresh, non-processed foods
Dairy-free as well as non-wheat, soy,
non-nut and vegetarian options are also included in the range, which was
launched in April.
Once a meal is ordered online, which must be done in three-day supply portions, she makes it less than 12 hours before it is delivered to somebody's home within New York.
The meals remain fresh, if refrigerated, for up to three days after they are delivered.
The idea is simple.
Ms Petkova, who learned how to cook through her mother, scours the internet and cookbooks for recipes, cuts the portion sizes down and then adds her own personal touches before Theodor tastes the food.
She was inspired to create the range by the limited and mainly processed foods readily available on the market.
'For me, I prefer fresh,' she told New York Daily News.
'It took a lot of my time to cut and prepare the food,' she added. 'I decided I could help out parents.'
Of course, like most luxurious meals, its price tag is not as cheap as the ones attached to supermarket foods.
A three-day supply is priced at $50.