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About Contended Calf & Elena Cimelli

Contented Cow, Contented Calf... And now contented kid.....

The story starts back in the Summer of 2009 with the birth of our first daughter. Along with the many hours spent feeding her, and my NCT friends’ experiences of feeding their babies, came the discovery of lactogenic foods and herbs and their supportive effect on breast milk supply and the subsequent creation of The Contented Calf Cookbook: Nourishing Meals for Breastfeeding Mums. But babies don’t stop growing-up do they? And before I knew it my breastfeeding days were drawing to a close.

Fast-forward five years, and in Summer 2014 my Husband and I moved to California with a Two-Year-Old and an Almost-Five-Year-Old. We hadn’t moved to a totally different culture, with a very different cuisine. But things tasted ‘different’ nevertheless, especially to the kids.


One item we really missed was low sugar kids’ Fromage Frais. (You know, something to give the kids after dinner sometimes that isn’t too sweet, but can masquerade as ‘pudding’…)  I set about trialling and error-ing with various wholesome ingredients, and developing my own. Let me tell you something I know you already know: children are harsh critics. So I kept on trying until I got it just right.

That homemade ‘Fromage Frais’ was the starting point for The Contented Kid Cookbook of Treats & Eats (NOW ON SALE...!!)