Author Archives: tushnam

Communication – Why it’s Important

educator and child

The key to maximising your child’s experiences within an early learning centre is effective communication. When families and educators are on the same page with the child’s progress, the child flourishes. Consequently, it helps to ease the transition between home and care, building a sense of confidence and belonging in young children. What kind of […]

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Flexible Hours – The Need to Know

clock on a desk

When the government’s new Child Care subsidy was introduced, the Westwood family thought that they would be better off. The reality however was that the out of pocket fees for their two children to attend early learning five days a week increased. This is because the amount of subsidised hours offered by the government under […]

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Chicken Fajitas

chicken fajitas

An easy, colourful family favourite perfect for a weeknight dinner. Ingredients Serves 4 500g skinless chicken thighs Juice of 1 lime 2 tsp smoked paprika 2 tsp cumin powder 2 tbsp olive oil 2 red onions, sliced 2 small capsicums, sliced 2 gloves garlic, crushed 4 large tortillas 100ml plain Greek yoghurt 1 ripe avocado, […]

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Chicken Fried Rice

chicken fried rice

Perfect with a curry or even on it’s own, this Chicken Fried Rice is sure to be a family favourite.  Ingredients Serves 8 2 tsp vegetable oil (e.g. peanut oil) 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 tbsp ginger, finely chopped 500g chicken or pork mince 800g frozen vegetable mix (carrot, peas, corn) 2.5 cups rice, cooked […]

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Bush Tomato Bolognaise

This Bush Tomato Bolognaise is a simple recipe that packs in the vegetables. Ingredients Serves 6-8 2 tsp olive oil 1 onion, finely diced 2 carrots, finely diced 2 sticks celery, finely diced 1 clove garlic, finely minced 4 mushrooms, finely diced 1 red capsicum, finely diced 500g beef mince 2 tsp ground bush tomato 1 […]

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Split Pea, Ham and Vegetable Soup

pea and ham soup

A hearty soup suitable for lunch or dinner. Ingredients Serves 8-10 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, diced 3 celery stalks, diced 3L water 4 stock cubes (chicken or vegetable) 1kg split peas ½ tsp oregano ½ tsp garlic powder 1 small bay leaf 2 cups cooked leg ham, cubed or shredded 2 carrots, diced […]

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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

carrot cake with cream cheese

A mildly sweet afternoon tea incorporating a serve of vegetables. Ingredients Serves 18 Cake Canola oil spray 1 cup self-raising flour 1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger 500g carrots, grated 30g desiccated coconut 30g pecans OR walnuts, chopped 80g sultanas 2 eggs ½ cup […]

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Date Scones

date scones

A sweet treat you can enjoy with a cup of tea. Ingredients Makes 10 3 cups self-raising flour 1 tsp baking soda 50g margarine, cold & chopped 1.5 cups buttermilk 1 cup chopped dates Method Preheat oven to 180ºC. In a bowl, sift flour and baking soda and add chopped margarine. Using your hands, work […]

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