A friend asked if I could compile the recipes I’ve made for our toddler playdates – yes, on a really good day, I’m that mum – into a little book.

We’d been dreaming up ideas for Zno board books; everything from baby photos to modern fairytales.

The concept of selecting recipes stresses me out though because it’s so final – how to choose which 24 make the cut?! Then I remembered I had this old blog, and its infinite updating capabilities. Phew.

So this one’s for you, friend (and for me, on forgetful days.)



Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Raisins

Weetbix slice (switch out the honey and probably chocolate for the under one crowd)

Fruit oat chia chews

Pick n Mix Couscous fingers

Pick ‘n’ Mix Savoury Muffins

Vegetable Polenta Chips

Hefezopf (schnell und fluffig) – aka German braided bread. As per a friend’s amendments, add raisins and, you know, one teaspoon of the sugar vs one pound (thanks, Google Translate!).

Two mums made bread and pizza for three families this day


Cheesy Quinoa, Sweet Potato & Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini and feta tart

Lamb burgers


Thermomix recipes

Healthy banana oat pikelets in the Thermomix

Donna Hay’s banana bread converted for the Thermomix

Meatballs with tomato sauce

Chinese Bao Bun

Vegan meringues

Perfect pizza dough

Discoveries from the Chat 10 Looks 3 podcast

(see: Hello podcasts my old friends)

Oh the infamous crack (and headphones to listen to Chat 10 Looks 3)

Chocolate Caramel Crack(ers) (aka crack)

Eggplant with turmeric-tahini yoghurt

Roasted Cauliflower, Hazelnut and Pomegranate Seed Salad

Corn cakes with beetroot and apple salad

Yotam Ottolenghi’s cauliflower cake recipe (The Chat 10 Looks 3 community really got into cauliflower for a while there)

Chocolate Cherry Cake Squares

And a new Thanksgiving favourite

Cranberry apple stuffing

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