My recollection of preparing baby food was one with my first, the little munchkin. I wasn't creative at all and only cooked rice cereal. My mom would come up from KL to where I was studying, to deliver me homemade processed anchovies - she'd fry them without oil and blend them twice, to give that natural saltish taste to his porridge. Thru time, I discovered the beauty of jarred purees from Heinz and Gerber, and added them in the porridge, while at times, serving the little munchkin right from the jar. I guess that was one secret that let the little munchkin to love eating vegetables at an earlier age since I started him on veges rather than sweet tasting fruits.
But, this time, I feel that I would prefer preparing purees myself to preserve the 'freshness' of the food I'm giving my baby whilst keeping it interesting and economical as well.
I also would like to add that a friend of mine told me before that she prepared her baby food in ice cube trays. I didn't know what the hell she was saying at that time but this book explains it more for me to understand. I regret, though, that I don't believe I've seen any ice cube trays suitable for baby foods (with the recent scare on melamine-tainted food, I want to know that the trays are baby-safe) but I found one on tinytapir.com. Would probably check it out after I've exhausted every efforts and resources.