Rachel Khoo


Posted by Rachel

February 2nd, 2017

A bun in the oven

If you’ve followed me and my adventures for a while, you might have noticed that I don’t post a huge amount about my private life in general (FYI: my husband is not really a yellow pot). It’s not that I have anything to hide, it’s just great to go about your day without having to share everything with the world (you can easily end up living your whole life online rather than enjoying the moment in the real world). Last year, when I found out I was pregnant I was overjoyed, of course, but felt it was something that I wanted to keep for friends and family until I was ready to share it with the wider community. I was never going to do a Queen Bey style announcement.

It certainly wasn’t easy to keep a secret with filming to do, social media to keep up with and events to attend. High-waisted skirts, and strategically placed pillows and laptops were a must. When the bump got too big I simply decided to stop with the media malarky, which was actually quite liberating.

I was very fortunate to have a pretty much carefree pregnancy. There were no weird cravings (boohoo! I really wanted them) or major health problems (just the odd niggle; see more about how I combated them here).

Why am I sharing my wonderful news with you now? Well, the bump is now a baby and I am super excited about rediscovering the world and food through new eyes and a hungry little mouth. Don’t worry it won’t be all mushed up baby food recipes, mamma has got to eat too 😉

Ciao for now!

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P.S. If you have any tips on weaning, or would like to share your favourite baby food recipes, I would love to hear them!

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43 thoughts on “A bun in the oven

  1. Wow! A Big Congratulations Rachel and Hubby! 🙂
    You certainly did an amazing job of hiding your precious news! 🙂 I had no idea!! Was lovely to read and all your tips on gift ideas! I just cannot believe you had no crazy cravings!! I was eager to read what you were munching on in your pregnancy hehe – ahh but its fabulous you had a trouble free pregnancy and that’s most important ! Much love to you and your little one! K x

    1. Thanks, Kirsty. I know! I can’t believe I had no weird cravings. Although I went through a phase of only wanted jacket potatoes with lashings of butter, baked beans and cheese. But that really isn’t all that strange.

  2. Congratulations Rachel! I had an inkling this was rhe caee 😉 Such wonderful news, wishing you and your new little family lots of happiness! Xxx

  3. How exciting, I also had a bit of an inkling from a few photos you shared, and then the lack of photos/videos. Very exciting news, hope your little one brings you much joy.

  4. Congratulations Rachel! Wishing you every happiness.

    I’m currently weaning my six and a half month old and we’re enjoying the River Cottage Baby and Toddler cookbook. There are lots of great recipes that we can all enjoy with a few tweaks for our baby.

  5. Lovely news! Congrats. What a lucky little babybun to have delicious meals in their future from a sweet mama like you, Rachel <3 🙂

  6. Congratulations from the West Coast of South Africa. Love watching your shows (when we get them). My kind of cooking. Enjoy your baby and we look forward to seeing your new shows soon. Big hugs from Cathy in a small town called Yzerfontein way up the west coast from Cape Town.

  7. Wonderful news indeed! And totally understandable that you wanted to keep it to yourself and the close ones. Enjoy the precious time with your baby!

  8. Congratulations! I’m sure you don’t need any help coming up with amazing pureed foods for when bub is ready to start on solid food. 🙂
    My only advice is to give them as wide a range as possible of beautifully fresh, pureed fruit and vegetables.

  9. Congratulations on your newest addition. You have always seemed sweet and sincere which are very important in motherhood. I am a fathere of twins and 1 year old, can’t imagine my life without them. Please share your experiences of do’s and don’ts cause they will help other new parents. My only advise is keep a schedule and no one will ever know your child as well as you do! Enjoy the ride.

  10. Congratulations! Oh the food places you’ll go, that’s very exciting! I’m sure the little bun will also be quite the finger painter as well, with both food and watercolors. 😉

  11. Amazing news! Congrats on this bundle of joy of yours!
    I’ve been a fan since the Little Paris Kitchen and now a huge fan of KHOOLLECT.
    I wish you all the best and looking forward to all the new culinary adventures!
    Hugs from Toronto!

  12. A huge congratulations to you Rachel and your family!!! What amazing news. I am a huge fan (have dreams of returning to London and Paris to visit all the places from your books and shows) and am currently pregnant with number 2 so I am excited to see some of your inspiring recipe ideas for my toddler and new bub. Absolutely respect your need for privacy but so excited for you. Thank you for sharing your news! ? Grace from Sydney Australia

  13. Ps. Sorry for the long post but I just wanted to add that I find you inspirational and such a breath of fresh air from other food writers and chefs both on and off the screen!
    I am a passionate home cook and when I had my son everyone told me I would not be able to keep up with my cooking and that I would soon turn to packet and pouch food. 14 months later and my son is thriving and I still make all his food from scratch. Watching your shows and reading your books reminded me that good food doesn’t need to be complicated or covered up by a myriad of flavour profiles and additives and it’s been relatively easy to make him delicious fresh food at home. Thank you Rachel and to your fantastic team, keep on being amazing!

    1. ah thanks, Grace! And no worries about the long post. It’s always lovely to hear from people. I’m hoping to keep up the cooking too. I’ve done a lot of big batch cooking and froze the a lot so I can have homemade ready meals in the freezer. The freezer is a lifesaver!

  14. Congratulations! I suggest you look up baby led weaning – it’s the most fun way of introducing food to your baby: no mush (unless it’s food that’s supposed to be mushed, like hummus), just offering food that you’re eating anyway, letting them play, explore new tastes, share in family meals and establish a calm, loving relationship with food. Have fun – having kids has been the hardest and most valuable thing ever I’ve done!

    1. Hi Cat, Thanks for the tips. I’m thinking of doing a combination of both and definitely making it lots of fun! Looking forward to the mess (well our dog is 😉

  15. Congratulations Rachel. Wonderful to hear that your pregnant. Hope everything goes well. I can’t wait to see your beautiful baby. Best wishes from Cairns Australia. Xx ?

  16. Congratulations on your baby. I do understand the need for privacy, and wanting some time to yourself and family. Could you not at least tell us if you had a baby boy or girl? I somehow see you with a little girl

  17. CONGRATS!! love your desserts. But spoiler alert I’m pretty sure everyone knew you were pregnant it’s quite obvious. You pulled it off nicely though!! So beautiful and glowing ❤️❤️ Much love to you and your family!!

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