Tomato & Meatball Risotto

tomato risotto

A rich and hearty meal ideal for a midweek dinner. Ingredients Serves 6-8 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 500g lean beef mince 1 tsp dried oregano 1 small egg Freshly ground black pepper 2 tsp olive oil 1 brown onion, diced 1 clove garlic, diced 1 cup Arborio rice 2L vegetable […]

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Date Scones

date scones

A sweet treat you can enjoy with a cup of tea. Ingredients Makes 10 3 cups self-raising flour 1 tsp baking soda 50g margarine, cold & chopped 1.5 cups buttermilk 1 cup chopped dates Method Preheat oven to 180ºC. In a bowl, sift flour and baking soda and add chopped margarine. Using your hands, work […]

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Zucchini Slice

 A simple, family friendly dish that can be eaten hot or cold. Ingredients Serves 10 ½ cup olive oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 medium sized zucchinis, grated 200g ham, chopped finely 1 cup low fat cheddar cheese, grated 1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour (sifted) 5 eggs, lightly beaten   […]

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5 Essentials of Kindergarten

“Children are our greatest treasure. They are our future.” – Nelson Mandela In order to set our children up for a bright future, it is vital to give them a strong foundation from the very start. We do this by enabling them to completely immerse themselves in the world in which they live. To explore, […]

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Loose Parts Play: 5 Ways to Incorporate It in Your Home

By Amanda Llyod Loose Parts Play is an interesting concept that came about in the 1970’s. It had a significant influence on early childhood educators as well as those who designed play spaces for children. According to architect Simon Nicholson, including “loose parts” in our child’s environment empowers and stimulates creativity. What is Loose Parts, […]

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Red Lentil & Vegetable Soup

A hearty winter soup suitable for lunch or dinner. Ingredients Makes 6 serves 1 tbsp olive oil 1 medium brown onion, diced 2 carrots, peeled and diced 1 chilli, diced (optional) 1 garlic clove, diced 1/3 tsp each dried oregano, ground cumin and ground coriander 1.5 cups red lentils, rinsed 4 cups chicken or vegetable […]

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Outdoor Play in all Weather and Natural Environments

By Melanie Love Most of my fondest memories as a child involve playing outside. Being a mother of two young boisterous boys and working in Early Childhood Education, I’m fortunate to relive these wonderful memories and experiences. Outdoor play is vital for the growth, learning and development of children. By providing children with opportunities to […]

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Paper Plate Cow Art

This month, we’re keeping in theme with 2017’s National Simultaneous Storytime book, The Cow Tripped over the Moon. Here’s an easy, fun, and engaging cow-related activity the kids are sure to love. You will need: Paper plate Black paper Pink paper Googly eyes Glue Scissors Method:                                          To get started, begin by cutting the black paper […]

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