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Chewy chocolate chip cookies - a little treat during this strange time
We've had a full-on week with home learning (as you all have I imagine) and managed to survive (just) the week in the house together. But this morning I felt we all needed a little time out from the work and we did maths through baking by making these delicious cookies. They were out of ...
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Blueberry Dump Cake -- satisfyingly simple
Ready for this recipe which is easy as pie, and makes a delicious cake? :) Then make room in your day for this Blueberry Dump Cake. It is literally made with ingredients dumped into a bowl, then dumped into a greased skillet, and then baked in the oven. It takes about five minutes to make ...
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Sweet Potato + Maple Pancakes
Pancake Day is my absolute favourite Tuesday of the year... my only concern is whether to go sweet or savoury?! I have a life long and enduring love of classic crepes doused in sugar and lemon but more recently I find I just can't resist (and could eat pretty much any time of the day) ...
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Elda’s deliciously crispy Albanian Byrek
  It is one thing to have lovely neighbours – very much a blessing in life. It is another thing all together when those lovely neighbours become wonderful friends, your children adore each other and they welcome you into their home to teach you how to make Albanian food! My sweet friend, Griselda - Elda ...
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Put it on a skewer! A lunch box tip to try
Ah...packing school lunches. It always seems so novel and, dare I say it, exciting in September, but come January...perhaps not so much. With four months of school lunch packing behind me and five more months of lunch making to go before summer arrives, I wanted to share a little strategy that works well for us ...
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Sunshine in a Jar -- Make your own Marmalade!
This is the very best way to cheer up a grey day. It truly is sunshine in a jar, and any marmalade maker will tell you that homemade marmalade is sooo much better than anything store bought. So I thought this was our year to give it a try.  I will not sell this as ...
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5 tips for substituting dairy out of baking recipes
Do you have tried-and-tested baking recipes that you love, but that contain dairy when you need to bake for a non-dairy eating friend / family? Have you tried substituting ingredients in the past, but the recipe has ended disastrously? Rest easy, I’ve been in this position for years, working for clients who demand a recipe ...
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Cauliflower Tikka Masala -- oven-baked in 30 minutes
This recipe combines two of my favourite things: Indian spices and oven-baking! The recipe uses a very straightforward homemade curry paste which might sound a bit daunting and time intensive but I assure you this is super easy, ready in 5 minutes and so worth it! You could substitute in other vegetables such as pumpkin ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Galettes de Rois -- a goûter of a French tradition in January
A goûter, or a taste, of kings' cake is a tradition in France during January. Traditionally this cake, known as a Galettes des Rois, marks the celebration of Three Kings Day / Epiphany / Twelth Night. Fortunately it is celebrated for the entire month of January, so the good news is that you can still ...
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Chorizo and Butter Bean Winter Stew
This Chorizo and Butter Bean Winter Stew is the perfect winter meal- deeply flavoured, slowly cooked and warming right to the soul. It’s so quick to put together and you can add in any extra root vegetables or peppers you have lying around to bulk out the vegetable content.  I generally just cook the stew ...
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One Tray Dinner -- A Salmon with Crusted Sesame and Pak Choi
We love having meals together as a family, but with various work, club, school, and nap schedules, it gets a bit complicated some weekdays. But we value good, healthy, home cooked meals around the table together, so we had to find a good way to achieve this in an easy way. And tray baking, or ...
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Cookie Recipe and Holiday Entertaining Tip!
We love cookies over the Christmas holidays, as you may have read earlier this month with our Twisted Candy Cane cookie. A winner indeed! But today I wanted to share a good 'staple' cookie, that can easily be enjoyed as an after school treat without the sugar crash. It is my reliable Cranberry Raisin Oatmeal ...
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CHRISTMAS RECIPES
Bee's plant-based gingerbread cookie cottage DIY
If you fancy some festive DIY, but need a recipe and set of instructions that are failsafe, then I've got just the project for you! This little gingerbread cottage measures around 1ocm cubed, so its a dinky, cute manageable size...albeit one that could just about be snaffled in one go... Over the years, I've made ...
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CHRISTMAS RECIPES
A lighter, zingier, festive fruit cake
Hello baking friends, Deep dark, boozy traditional fruitcakes are not my cup of tea...and if you feel the same, then this recipe is just for you! Its a lighter, zingier, fresher take on a traditional Christmas-style fruit cake, and it factors in lots of dried tropical fruits, like pineapple, papaya, finds, apricots and cherries, for ...
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CHRISTMAS RECIPES
Twisted Candy Cane Sugar Cookies
  These candy cane sugar cookies are so very easy! And you don't need special cutters, or lots of time to make them. We made them last year when my mom was visiting, and they were really fun for kids (and adults) of all ages. You could even add a bit of mint flavour to ...
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INTERVIEWS
5 Questions With… Samantha Barnes of Raddish Kids
In this age of female empowerment and the continuous search for balance between work and family, it's so refreshing to read Samantha's 5 Questions With interview below. Her company, Raddish Kids (a monthly cooking club for kids -- more below), values this balance. Samantha supports the parents in her team to be flexible and wants them ...
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Blackberry Cream Cheese Puffed Pastry
The smell of cinnamon, blackberries, and pastry puffing away in the oven is the perfect way to wake up even the groggiest kid (or parent) after a long week. We had a dozen in the oven, and six people around the table, and they didn't last past one sitting, but I am sure they would ...
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Michael's homemade granola recipe
One of the first things we noticed when we moved to Australia is how expensive the food here is, especially good, organic food. And one of the things that really stood out to us was the price of granola (especially when you're buying for a family of seven)! I guess it was something we took ...
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3 great dairy free icing / frosting recipes
Are you in urgent need of an easy, tried-and-tested dairy-free icing / frosting recipe? Have you tried one before and it curdled, or separated once it was on the cake, sliding down the side, in wet, disappointing drizzles? These three recipes are for you...maybe even all in one cake ;) I have complete confidence in ...
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Sweet potato hummus + a few other ideas for a busy week!
I have an ongoing list of things I don't buy and opt to make from scratch for the purposes of health, food waste, and to save money. Things like granola, stock, sauce, salad dressing, and baked goods most often are made using things we already have on hand. Hummus this past year, in various forms, ...
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3 Healthier Ways to Decorate Birthday Cakes
I have a two-year-old, and she has a keen nose for sugar...being that I constantly smell of the stuff, that is unavoidable! However, I try to be a tiny little bit creative when decorating cakes for her birthday, using edible decorations that are attractive, interesting taste-wise, but that aren't full of refined sugar, and I ...
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Pumpkin Laksa
If you never know what to do with all that pumpkin flesh from your halloween pumpkins then here's the answer! This Laksa soup is one of our favourite things to cook at this time of year - its so easy to make and packed full of colour and nutrients. The beautiful combination of salt, spice and ...
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Harissa and Chickpea Tagine -- a fantastic plant-based family dinner
This vegetable tagine makes the most fantastic, flavoursome midweek family meal, especially if, like many people, you are aiming to eat a little more plant-based or meat-free. It takes 5 minutes to put together and then sits in the oven for a little under an hour cooking into this deliciousness!  I personally have a big soft ...
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Chirp chirp! These fingerprint cards are super easy and quick to make so if you are in need of a last-minute Easter card read on. ⭐️ You will need: Yellow water colour paint (water and a paintbrush to mix) Plain white card folded in half Black felt tip pen Orange felt tip pen (We found water colours worked great but any yellow paint will do). ⭐️ Mix up some yellow water colour paint, dip a finger into the paint and then place firmly onto the front of a folded piece of card. Repeat and cover the whole card with yellow fingerprints leaving some gaps for the feet and beaks. ⭐️ Once the paint has dried add some little black legs and feet, a dot for the eye and an orange beak. The beaks look great all pointing in different directions. ⭐️ What we love about these cute cards are their randomness. It’s such a simple idea that children of any age can get involved. Anything goes here, long legs/ short legs, big beaks/little beaks!! We guarantee they’ll look great in any style and they will definitely bring a smile to a loved ones face. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #eastercards @soloskates
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Decorations that don’t waste too many precious cooking ingredients... yes please! We love this simple salt dough recipe!🧂 1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt 1/2 cup water 1. Preheat the oven to 120 °C and line baking tray with baking paper. 2. Mix flour and salt in the bowl then gradually add water, stirring until combined. 3. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface, roll out until about 7mm thick and transfer to baking tray. 4. Then all you need is an egg-shaped cookie cutter, which is easy to find at this time of the year. Cut them out and make a hole in each about a centimeter from the top edge. Bake on 120C for about three hours turning them once after about 2 hours. 5. Now paint both sides with one color or each in different and wait to dry completely. 6. After about an hour you can draw your favorite designs on the eggs (again, one or both sides). 7. Leave for about 12 hours or overnight to dry and finish them with glossy varnish. (Clear nail polish works nicely.) 8. Now just string the twine or a fishing line through holes and you’re done! 9. Place on branches or hang around the home. 10. Enjoy! 🥚🧂 More Easter ideas in our bio! #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #eastercraftsforkids #saltdoughornaments
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Paper, glue, scissors... make your own sweet bunny ears to create more fun for your Easter at home. It’s a 5 minute craft and 100% recycled scraps friendly! See @laraoflondon ‘s idea in the bio and customise the colours for your little ! #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
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How can we manage worrying information around our children? Today’s blog post looks at these ‘unprecedented’ times. With news reels, articles, conversations, not only between adults but children too that are hard to ignore. It is impossible to shield our children from the worries and events of the wider world, and important to share some truths with them about what is happening. We are, as Maria Montessori put it, “Citizens of the World” and our children will be the ones to inherit it. Being in lockdown, (hello to everyone at home!) can make for a really good environment to nurture discussion, as we have time to drip feed explanations, observe reactions and unpick tricky questions. There are some simple ways we can help stem and support the flow of information, manage anxieties and make sense of the world around us all. So today we have tips in our bio, so click on the link and share with loved ones. And please stay safe. #babyccinokids #explainingcoronavirustokids @themontessoristudio
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We’ve had a full-on week with home learning (as you all have I imagine) and managed to survive (just) the week in the house together. But this morning I felt we all needed a little time out from the work and we did maths through baking by making these delicious cookies. They were out of the oven just in time for a mid-morning brain break. I think we’ve tried every recipe for chocolate chip cookies but this is our favourite and today I thought I’d share it with you. I must warn you, they are not the healthiest, but during these times I think we are all in need of a little treat. Thanks to @vanessa_wild_flours for this idea ... and click on our bio for her yummy recipe! #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
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Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
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Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
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Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
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Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
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Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
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This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
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Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
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