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Hot cross buns

Portions: makes 12 buns Ingredients 450 grams bread flour 1 level teaspoon caster sugar 25 grams fresh yeast 150ml warm milk 50ml warm water 1 level teaspoon salt 1 level teaspoon mixed spice 50 grams caster sugar 50 grams melted butter 1 beaten egg 25 grams currants 25–50 grams chopped mixed peel Crosses: 2 tablespoons plain flour Glaze: 40 grams […]


Yes, it’s national Salt Awareness Week! These days, there is probably a special type of week for every fruit, vegetable, food fad and idea that the impact is often lost. However, this special week isn’t about promoting salt. It’s about letting everyone know that we are all simply eating too much of it, too often, […]

Banana bread

Ingredients 75g butter, soft 2 free range eggs 100g demerara sugar* 3 ripe bananas, roughly mashed 250g self-raising flour ½ teaspoon mixed spice Method Heat the oven to 180°C. Mix together the soft butter, eggs and sugar until smooth. Add the bananas and spice then mix well. Fold in the flour and mix until completely […]

Eggs florentine with bagel

Portions: 4 Ingredients 300ml water 1 tsp of white wine vinegar 4 free range eggs 2 bagels 100g crème fraîche Olive oil 400g baby spinach leaves, washed (or chard or kale) Grated nutmeg 100g grated cheddar cheese Cracked black pepper Cayenne 1 small tub Australian cress Method Place the water and vinegar into a shallow […]

Introducing Rob Rees!

The early years’ environments for our children are places of fun, motivation and enrichment. Every year thousands of children receive education in a wealth of diverse settings across Australia. We underestimate the power of these settings as well as the child’s individual family community in helping the children to be inspired about great food, where […]

How to make your own scarecrow

From our Little Green Spade Winter Diary You will need: Old clothes; pants or jeans, belt, shirt, hat Old clothes for stuffing or hay. Pillow case Strong sturdy pole Broomstick handle Rope or twine Texta’s for drawing the face TIP: The more colourful your scarecrow, the better job he’ll do of scaring of unwanted pests. […]

A story from Wallalong Preschool

The Scarecrow Jake found an old flannelette shirt and asked what is this for? Dana replied “that’s for painting”. Jake said “this would make a good scarecrow!” Dana thought that was a great idea and gathered the children for a discussion about how to do it they made a list together with all the things […]

Chickens in our Preschool!

Seaham Preschool Hi everyone! Our outdoor environment is always an ongoing project. Mowing, weeding, planting, harvesting, fertilising and the development of play areas. Our children have an important and prominent role within our planning and execution either on a project or every day basis. We constantly ask and observe our children and their play about […]

Growing Your Own Pet Food

The guinea pigs at Clarence Town pre-school are fed with the freshest of fresh produce! Last year we had a vision: to establish a community garden in the courtyard outside of our pre-school. This is a shared space for anyone using the community centre. It is also easily accessed by the community. This vision became a […]

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