Shikha Gill shares how Instagram opened up a new world

The property developer mama behind Mylittlefoodcritic has developed quite a following since she began posting her 19-month-old son’s meals on the ‘gram.

Here, she talks about her love of cooking and why she’s been overwhelmed by the online community.

Shikha with her son Z

Hi Shikha! Your Instagram serves up daily inspiration for what to cook for the kids. What made you post a photo in the first place?

On my journey to wean my son I changed my outlook towards food and cooking. I was keen to make all of my son’s meals from scratch and expose him to wholesome cooking full of flavour. I shared pictures and recipes with friends and family, all of whom encouraged me to share what I was making. So I took the plunge and started my Instagram page. I’ve since been overwhelmed with the support from this wonderful online community.

Have you always been interested in cooking?

I have! I was always into baking and enjoyed experimenting with meals. Cutting out refined sugar and only cooking with wholesome ingredients has been a fun challenge! I’m definitely a “throw it all together” kind of cook and rarely measure ingredients!

Any advice for fussy eaters?

Exposure is key. In my experience, offer kids something they aren’t keen on with foods they already enjoy. They might just surprise you!

How has being a mum changed you (if at all)?

I enjoy the smaller things in life so much more! Seeing things from the innocence of a child’s perspective is a beautiful gift. In regards to food, I’ve cut out refined sugar and cook with much healthier ingredients.

What do you love most about Instagram?

It’s a fabulous community and I have ‘met’ some amazing mamas through Instagram. I love the support and inspiration.

What are you most looking forward to this year?

Spending quality time with my family, and setting up a blog to share even more recipes.

Mylittlefoodcritic’s easy veggie-packed waffles recipe

These are super quick to throw together, and you can easily adapt them to use whatever veggies you have to hand. I use a mixture of sweet potato, potato, kale and cauliflower. Perfect for an easy and nutritious lunch!

Grate 1/2 a sweet potato, 1 white potato, a few cauliflower florets (I steam them while I prep everything else). Mix in 2 tbsp hemp hearts, 2 tbsp nutritional yeast, 1 tbsp oregano, a handful of cheese, 3 tbsp spelt flour and 2 eggs. Mix all the ingredients together and cook as per the instructions for your waffle iron.

Follow @mylittlefoodcritic on Instagram for daily food inspiration.

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