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White onion and cheddar cheese soup

Serves 6 Ingredients 700g sliced white onions 25g farm butter 175g cheddar cheese 2 medium potatoes – washed, peeled and cubed 1 sprig of thyme 1 bay leaf 570ml vegetable stock Pepper mill twist Pinch of nutmeg 75ml whipping cream. Method Melt the butter in a thick-bottomed pan and add the onions, thyme, nutmeg and […]

Autumnal soup of pumpkin, apple and leeks

Serves 4 Ingredients: 250g diced pumpkin 1 x chopped onion 1 x peeled, cored and grated apple 250g trimmed washed and diced leek 1 large baking potato – peeled, washed and cut into small cubes 1 teaspoon caraway seeds (optional) 25g unsalted butter Vegetable stock Pinch of ground cinnamon Crème fraiche as garnish (optional). Method: […]

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 […]

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