Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Chocolate Swirls

Make a mug of “real” hot chocolate this Easter.

CHOCOLATE SWIRLS

Our Top Tips
Ask a grown-up to melt the chocolate. Chocolate can be melted in a bowl placed over a pan of simmering water, or in a microwave.

To serve your Chocolate Swirl, add it to a cup of hot milk. Give the milk a good stir as the chocolate starts to melt, and you will have a cup of hot chocolate!

Skills
assembling
pouring

Ingredients
6 ounces milk chocolate, melted
¼ cup mini marshmallows

Equipment
teaspoon
10 candy cups, or mini baking cups
10 popsicle sticks, or lollipop sticks

Method

Use a teaspoon to divide the melted chocolate between 10 candy or mini baking cups.

Sprinkle mini marshmallows on top of the melted chocolate.

Carefully push 1 popsicle or lollipop stick into each Chocolate Swirl.

Allow the chocolate to set hard.

Serves 10

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The Great Easter Egg Hunt

Farms are increasingly becoming more mechanised and large-scale, single crop/livestock production is beginning to dominate our agricultural landscape. So it is easy to forget that the origins of the annual Easter egg hunt lie in the every day collection of eggs on the small mixed farms of the past. The daily hunt for hens’ eggs is charmingly portrayed in Barbara Euphan Todd’s, Worzel Gummidge Again.

“John and Susan helped to collect eggs from the hens’ strange hiding-places in mangers, hayricks, hedges and corners.”

“What difficult places the hens had hidden their eggs in. At last eleven were found…”

This Easter, why not share the origins of the Easter egg hunt with your little chef? You can talk about hens roaming on small farms, laying their eggs in all sorts of funny places, and the great egg hunt that ensued. Take a closer look at your house. If you had a hen, where might it lay its eggs if it was allowed to roam? Look at pictures of farmed hens today. Talk about how their lives are different to those of hens of the past.

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Cocoa Beans


Hey, little chef … you are a plantation worker for a day. You work in cocoa fields harvesting cocoa pods, splitting them, and placing them on the ground to ferment. Do you know where you live? The Ivory Coast! Find the Ivory Coast on your globe.

You live and work in the middle of a jungle! Do you think you would like to live and work in the jungle? Why/why not?

Your house is made out of mud and it has no electricity. What do you use during the day that needs electricity?

You work 10 hours a day. You start work at 8 o’clock in the morning. You work until 12 o’clock. From 12 o’clock until 2 o’clock, you eat your lunch and then it is back to work until 8 o’clock at night.

Watch out for snakes, little chef! Black and green mambas and spitting cobras live in cocoa plantations. Find out what they look like.

You have been hired for one year. You won’t get paid until the end of the year. Would you like to wait a whole year to get paid? Why/why not?

For more information about working in cocoa fields, read WHERE AM I EATING? AN ADVENTURE THROUGH THE GLOBAL FOOD ECONOMY, by Kelsey Timmerman (Wiley)

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

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.

Ingredients:
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)

Method:

   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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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Dragon Fruit


Calling all knights and princesses! It’s time to slay the dragon … fruit, that is. Hop along to your local market with your little chef and see if you can find a dragon fruit. Peel it, slice it, eat it raw, and try some of these fun dragon activities.

Sing along to Puff, the MAGIC Dragon.

Can you see a dragon over there? Actually, no, I don’t think it is a dragon. Why, it’s a little chef wearing a dragon mask!

Curl up with Dirk Nielandt and Marjolein Pottie’s, Sir Mouse to the Rescue. Mouse has a sword. She wears a suit of armour. She is a knight. She is bold Sir Mouse. Prince lives in a castle. “Help, help,” he yells. He needs to be rescued. Mouse and Dragon rush to the castle …

Does a zoo near you have a bearded dragon? Pop along and say hello.

It’s colouring fun … with a Welsh dragon!

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