Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Broad Bean Beds

Where, oh where is a sleepy fairy to lay her weary head?

Broad beans really can be lots of fun! If you have a fairy-mad little chef, while you are podding the broad beans, explore the idea of using the pods as fairy beds. We think their soft, pillowy interior would appeal to a fairy. What does your little chef think? As for where fairies live, apparently, they like to make their homes in beds of thyme.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015


Has your little chef tried a yacon?

Fabulously crunchy, sweet and juicy, yacon should appeal to most little chefs, although they will, very likely, be surprised by its fruity flavour, given it looks remarkably like a potato or kumara (sweet potato) at first glance.

FUN FACT: Another name for yacon is Peruvian ground apple. What does this tell you about yacon, little chefs?

Thirsty travellers used to eat wild yacon to quench their thirst. In fact, the word yacon means “water root”. Pretend you’re on a journey, little chefs, and when it’s time to take a break, sit under the shade of a welcoming tree (imaginary or otherwise) and eat your yacon like early travellers did, raw as a snack!

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Monday, 30 March 2015

Eat like the Easter Bunny!

Eat Your Greens!

Here’s an interesting fact for your little chef. Rabbits eat fresh, dark, leafy greens EVERY DAY! Why not encourage your little chef to eat a green salad this Easter, just like the Easter Bunny.

Green Salad

Our top tips:
Little chefs are very good at washing salad greens. They also enjoy picking leaves off fresh herbs.

2 large handfuls salad greens (The Easter Bunny particularly likes baby spinach, watercress, and dark-leafed lettuce)
¼ cup fresh herbs (The Easter Bunny likes most herbs, but flat leaf parsley, basil, dill, mint, and coriander (cilantro) are particular favourites)


   Choose a mixture of salad greens and fresh herbs.
   Carefully wash and dry the leaves. 
   Transfer to a salad bowl.
Fruit – What a Treat!

On special occasions, as a very great treat, rabbits are allowed … FRUIT! Celebrate Easter like the Easter Bunny by choosing a very special fruit to share as a family.

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Wednesday, 5 November 2014


It is important your little chef uses a knife safely and with care. They must always use a standard table knife. Never give your little chef a knife with a sharp blade. Even though they can’t cut themselves with a table knife, you should still take the opportunity to talk to them about knife safety. They should always hold the knife by the handle, never touch the blade, and never point the knife at themselves or others. Sharp knives should always be kept out of your little chef’s reach.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Bobby the Apple

Some fruits float, some fruits don’t!

We all know apples float. After all, it’s apple bobbing season, isn’t it. But… what about pears, or plums for that matter? Is there a fruit or vegetable alternative to bobbing for apples? Why not find out? Have fun exploring all the fruit and vegetable bobbing options with your little chef this Halloween. Will they float or will they sink to the bottom of the barrel?

Why do apples float? 25% of an apple is air. This air helps them to float.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Devils or Angels?

Is it Red Devil’s Food Cake or a more heavenly addition to your Halloween party… Angel Food Cake? Here’s another alternative.

Pumpkin Cupcakes


175 grams sugar
3 eggs
½ cup oil
zest of 1 orange
½ cup orange juice
1 cup pumpkin puree
225 grams flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 star anise, ground

Preheat oven to 180°C. Put 10 paper cases into muffin tins.

Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, and star anise into a bowl. Set aside.

Pour eggs, sugar, and oil into the bowl of a freestanding mixer. Beat vigorously until light and fluffy.

Turn the speed down. Add the orange zest, orange juice and pumpkin puree. Mix to combine.

Add the sifted flour and spices. Stir in gently.

Spoon the mixture into the paper cases.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out cleanly.

Allow cupcakes to cool.

To finish your Pumpkin Cupcakes, add your favourite icing (frosting). We think a cream cheese icing with a hint of orange works well.