Slow cooking to warm your heart

Have you ever noticed that if you cook something slow enough and long enough, it tastes much better? These recipes will warm your heart this winter.
Have you ever noticed that if you cook something slow enough and long enough, it tastes much better? Soups, potjies and ribs are all great examples. But let’s face it, we don’t all have time to create a potjie every day. Succulent ribs take time to cook. And whipping up a hearty soup when you get home in the evening just isn’t going to happen. But there is a solution: a slow cooker. This handy contraption lets you cook these delectable dishes, with very little effort.

A good read

Recommended reads about dealing with difference, emotions and social issues.
Perfectly Different
By Sarah Tavola (Struik, R90)
The Child Mag team is a huge fan of this book!

a hamster journeys to the afterlife twice

When their time comes, every pet hamster will be given a solemn farewell with all family members in attendance, but some get more than their fair share.
Our dwarf hamster, Milk Toast (don’t ask) was a strong contender for the Guinness Book of World Records for longevity. She defied the odds – including two narrow escapes from the jaws of our ginger cat – to survive for four long years. Well, the years felt long to me, anyway, because despite the heartfelt promises and pledges from Erin and Conor who were desperate for the pet, I was the only sucker who ended up cleaning said hamster’s cage each week.

Educational reads for the foundation phase

Recommended educational reads for children of all ages.
Mum’s New Hat and Other Stories
By Roderick Hunt & Alex Brychta (Oxford, R2 879 set of 6 books)
In this Read with Oxford Stage 1: Biff, Chip and Kipper collection,

Sensational Snacks

We hope you find these recipes as fun to prep and eat as we did. Most of the recipes are adaptable to cater for specific allergies. Where appropriate, involve your children in the recipe prep and enjoy delicious allergy-friendly meal options!
Meatball spiders
25 minutes | Makes 12
  • 1 gluten-free roll

warming winter bowls of goodness

Easy-to-prepare tummy-pleasing soup recipes for busy parents. Extracts taken from Meals by Christine Capendale
Roasted cauliflower and chickpea soup
Serves 4
These two nutritional superstars marry well.

creating mindfulness

Newly-released reads about creating mindfulness, understanding emotion and building self-esteem
Mindfulness for Children
This inspirational and timely guide is about how mindfulness helps children, why it’s becoming more popular and how to do it.

counting the precious minutes

Time takes flight with every step of independence gained
Time is a funny thing when you are a parent. At first, it is all about counting the months and recording the milestones of your baby’s development. First tooth, first steps, first words. You eagerly look out for the next phase of their growth. Once they start school, you find yourself wishing you could slow things down as they start to show signs of independence.

a good read for a relaxing holiday

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For the young
Baby Dinosaur

Warm Choc-chip Cookie with Peanut-butter Ice-cream

Chef Jenny Ward of CHEFS Cape Town offers her easy, mouth-watering recipe for a warm choc-chip cookie served with peanut-butter ice-cream
World Chocolate Day is celebrated on 7 July! And while eating chocolate requires no excuse, a whole day of it certainly is a big treat! 7 July marks the date – why not celebrate by indulging in all your favourite chocolatey treats! Start by baking this scrumptious choc-chic cookie, you can thank us later.
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