Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Happy New Year!

Feliz año nuevo

Celebrate the New Year the way they do in Spain … with grapes! Each family member will need 12 grapes; one for each month of the New Year. On the stroke of midnight, or perhaps a more sociable hour for our little chefs, eat the 12 grapes to bring good luck for the upcoming 12 months.

Happy 2016!

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Sunday, 20 December 2015

Christmas Present

We all know Santa eats cookies… but what does Santa drink at your house?

Tradition dictates a glass of thick, creamy milk. However, we think we may have found something a bit more exciting for Santa this year. Take a look at this recipe for cereal milkTM from milk bar. If you click on our link, it will take you to a list of recipes on milk bar’s website. Scroll down to the subheading that says more recipes. Underneath more recipes, in pink writing, you will see cereal milkTM. Click on cereal milkTM and the recipe will pop right on up for you. We think your little chef can manage this recipe with just a little bit of help from you.

Go on. Give Santa a surprise this Christmas!

Monday, 14 December 2015

Christmas Past

Before we lurch into Christmas present, browse through some of our posts from last Christmas.

Make some Santa Hat Icy Pops for your little chef or let your little chef loose in the kitchen with our Christmas Trail recipe. Even the littlest of chefs will manage this recipe. What a great gift for grandparents!

Does fruit feature in your little chef’s Christmas stocking? Fruit used to be a common stocking filler. Is it time for oranges in the Christmas stocking to make a comeback? Speaking of fruit, Christmas is the perfect time to some stargazing with your little chef. Find the stars hiding in these fruit…

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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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, 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.