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Good basic recipes can be rejigged to suit different occasions and ingredients, writes Roberta Muir I originally made a mango, lime and crème fraîche sorbet (more accurately called a sherbet); when I needed something to accompany a friend’s chocolate tart, I used the base recipe to...

This wonderful idea from the Donna Hay kitchen will look beautiful as a decoration as well as yummy to eat! [caption id="attachment_69107" align="aligncenter" width="816"] Photograph: William Meppem[/caption] Ingredients Plain Gingerbread Dough 125g unsalted butter, softened ½ Cup (90g) light brown sugar ⅔ cup (230g) golden syrup 2½ Cups (375g) plain (all-purpose) flour,...

Frances Doyle has 5 expert tips to save the day Book Week is here again. Around Australia, parents of primary school-aged children are coming up with costumes, so their kids can take part in parades. Some kids are going to love wearing costumes and showing them off...

The eminent annual awards continue to celebrate and honour quality Australian literature for young people and enjoys a superb growth trajectory. Entries across the six categories covered topics relevant to our complex world and the lived experience of our young readers—including life within a migrant family...

A class party is a rewarding experience for Chantai Snellgrove’s daughter, but it is an even greater gift for her mother. My daughter Kailee is now 12 years old. I used to struggle when deciding what to do for her birthday. Should I invite my friends...

Word Mania, an exciting online literacy competition by LiteracyPlanet, has announced its winners from Australia and New Zealand. These young students showcased exceptional word-building skills, competing against 78 other countries across different grade levels from Year 1 to Year 9. The combined prize pool of...

Avoiding excess can sow the seeds for a successful birthday party, writes Martha Miller. Giving your child a memorable birthday party is one of the many pleasures of being a parent. But it’s easy to get carried away in the party-supplies aisle where everything seems inexpensive...

The best venue for your child’s party might be at the end of your street, writes Claire Yezbak Fadden. Is your home too small to accommodate 10 seven year olds running around? Or are you the kind of mum who wants to be more hands-on with...

Researchers John Dumay, Cristiana Bernardi, and Stephanie Perkiss suggest you pick from their list of 'good eggs' that score best for the environment and child labour. What do Beyond Good, Alter Eco, Tony's Chocolonely and Whittaker's all have in common? Besides producing delicious chocolate, they are...

Gingerbread Easter Bunnies Ingredients 125g unsalted butter, softened ½ cup (90g) brown sugar ⅔ cup (230g) golden syrup 2½ cups (335g) plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda ½ cup (80g) icing (confectioner’s) sugar, sifted 2 teaspoons water Method preheat oven...