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Children’s parties are the number-one method used by competitive parents to outdo each other. Philippa Macken finds that you don’t need to be flashy to be fun. Harry was beside himself. I held his tiny hand as he hopped alongside me, barely able to contain his...

These pull-aparts are simply scone dough rolled up with a savoury filling, so the trick is not to handle the dough any more than necessary. You can use any filling you fancy, such as chopped herbs, nduja, cheese, anchovies, or tapenade, and serve them as a...

Bacon & Egg Pie is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner - and, great served at room temperature, it makes for an ideal picnic fare. Best of all, the ingredients will be on hand in a well-stocked fridge.  Best of all, the ingredients will be...

Good basic recipes can be rejigged to suit different occasions and ingredients, writes Roberta Muir I originally made a mango, lime and crème fraîche sorbet (more accurately called a sherbet); when I needed something to accompany a friend’s chocolate tart, I used the base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

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...

There's clear evidence that the caffeine levels are too high for many of us, reports Accredited Practising Dietitian Evangeline Mantzioris Prime drinks have been heavily promoted in Australia, leading to frenzied sales in supermarkets and being banned in schools. Prime offers two products: one is marketed as...

Keen to celebrate Halloween this year? Get creative and crafty with these fun ideas. From classic ghosts to quirky fruit inspired outfits and tasty treats....

One simple idea had the young Christine Kininmonth utterly entranced. When I was eight, my nemesis Jenny, flanked by her posse of hangers-on, marched up to me at the school sandpit. “I’m having a sleepover birthday party,” she said, “and Mum says I have to invite...

A party isn't a party without a cake! Here are our top 25 favourite cake ideas to inspire you for your next big celebration....