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Ginger crunch

July 23, 2011 Filed under In-betweens

This recipe comes from my grandmother’s little black recipe book which goes back to 1933. (The measurements have been converted to metrics).

This old family favourite has been in the Edmonds Cookery books and is also a staple offering at many city cafes now. Read more

Easy way to measure golden syrup

August 27, 2010 Filed under Tip of the Day

When a recipe calls for golden syrup, dip the spoon into boiling water for a few moments before you measure the syrup. The syrup slides off the spoon and you get the full measure in your recipe instead of leaving a lot on the spoon. Also works for honey or treacle.

Finger painting

April 3, 2009 Filed under Inexpensive play

Your child can help make this finger paint as well as being able to enjoy creating great art works with it later.


2 cups white flour
2 cups cold water
blue, red and green
food colouring


1  Put water into a large bowl
2  Add the flour half a cup at a time
3  When all the flour has been added, divide the mixture into three smaller bowls
4  Add different coloured food colouring to each bowl
5  Mix well

You also need:

  • Sheets of paper – recycled computer paper, clean newsprint or brown paper are ideal.  Even old newspapers can become unrecognisable when ‘fingerpainted’
  • An old adult shirt to cover each child

It is best to have this activity in the kitchen, outside or somewhere with no carpet underfoot.

If you must let your child loose with  finger paint in a carpeted room, do put down a large sheet of heavy plastic or several old sheets or heaps of newspaper to cover every possible place the finger paint can be dropped or flicked!

Preparation for messy play like this saves a lot of stress and tension so everyone can enjoy this time.

It is a good habit to encourage your child to help clean up after finger painting, or any activity really.

Play dough

April 3, 2009 Filed under Inexpensive play

The basic mixture for play dough it equal parts of flour and salt, food colouring, and mixed together with enough water to make a smooth dough that can be moulded by small fingers and hands.

The salt plays two roles – it makes Read more

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