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.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014


How are you and your little chef celebrating Halloween this year?

We think Halloween should be full of blood-curdling screams and because of this we have some blood-curdling ideas for you. Why not see if you can hunt out some blood oranges for the occasion. Now, is it just us or do pomegranate seeds look like drops of blood? A trail of seeds could look like a trail of a very different sort. Rename this recipe. It’s no longer Raspberry Burst. For Halloween, it’s Vampires Delight, or perhaps …

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

About Cake...

The Cake … A bright, funny picture book for ages 3+. Full of twists and surprises. Tiger wants his cake, but not the way he gets it!

Watermelon Cake … It’s cake, but not as you know it!

Tina Matthews talks cake …

The origins of Nanny Piggins’ famous cooking prowess lie with her mother and cake

Make a “Nice Surprise Cake” with Hannah Shaw, illustrator of Who Ate Auntie Iris?.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Pass the Salt

Has your little chef ever wondered where salt comes from?

Salt is a naturally occurring mineral that is found in large quantities in seawater. One way of producing salt is to evaporate seawater in shallow pools.

Your little chef can do this at home. Take a 1 ½ - 2 litre bottle to a nearby beach and fill it with seawater. Take the seawater home and pour it into a shallow pan or dish. Leave it to evaporate in the sun. As the water evaporates, the salt will crystallize.