Campfire Welsh Cakes

Campfire Welsh cakes are a vegan spin on traditional Welsh cakes that I cook over the fire at my forest school sessions. As there are usually large groups of children in my sessions, I try to ensure that the food we cook can be eaten by everyone. That means making them vegan and avoiding ingredients that are common allergens.

But rest assured, they still taste just as good as traditional Welsh cakes that use egg and milk.

A cast iron pan full of Welsh cakes, cooking over a campfire
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Campfire Bread on a Stick Recipe

A Forest School activity you can do anywhere

Cooking bread on a stick over a campfire is a great Forest School activity that’s suitable for almost any age. The recipe is both super-simple and versatile, catering for vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets, while also allowing lots of scope to adapt and add ingredients for a more decadent treat.

Call it Damper bread, Bannock bread, or just plain bread twists, you can cook this over a campfire or barbeque in minutes, and it makes a fantastic (and slightly healthier) alternative to toasting marshmallows with kids.

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Mauritian Beef Rissoles Recipe

Moreish rissoles de boeuf – pastries the whole family will love

These delicious beef rissoles are proof positive that great food doesn’t need complicated recipes with hundreds of ingredients. Just flaky shortcrust pastry with a simple beef filling, you can whip up a batch in minutes.

Beef rissoles are sooooo irresistibly tasty and are far easier to make than to share – read on to get the recipe my family have been using for generations.

Mauritian beef rissoles (rissoles de boeuf)
These delicate little pastries are the perfect picnic food!
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Kid-Made Play Dough for Lazy Parents

Quick and Easy Uncooked Play Dough Recipe

Do your kids love playing with play dough? It’s the rare child that doesn’t, right? Play dough is such a great sensory and learning experience for kids, and great fun too. But have you tried making your own play dough with the kids?

If, like me, you find the idea daunting, don’t be put off! It really is so easy to make, it’s literally kids play! While we used to love playing with the store-bought dough, we now use this simple, uncoooked play dough recipe to make our own.

Fancy trying it? Read on to get the easy, no-cook recipe my children love to make…

A recipe for kid-made and no-cook play dough
Making play dough is as much fun as playing with it!
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Feeding the Family… Mauritian Chicken Daube Recipe

A Mauritian chicken daube is a stew in a light, tomato-based sauce flavoured (chiefly) with thyme, cloves, and cinnamon. There are probably as many variations on the daube recipe as there are Mauritian families – like with a British stew, every household tends to have their own version!

As my family are mostly French-Mauritian, our version of the classic Mauritian chicken daube does not include chilli and curry spices you find elsewhere (there would be much theatrical eye-rolling, head-smacking exclamations of horror at the very suggestion), but is instead a delicate and surprisingly fresh dish that is both hearty enough for a winter’s day and light enough for the summer.

Bowl of Mauritian chicken daube
Tuck into this fragrant and delicate Mauritian stew with our family recipe for Chicken Daube!
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Feeding the Family… Orange and Blackcurrant Victoria Sandwich

We are big fans of a classic Victoria sponge cake in our house, but this orange and blackcurrant Victoria sandwich cake variation is also a favourite with it’s hint of zingy citrus flavours, tangy mascarpone cream filling and sharp blackcurrant. It looks so pretty, it makes a great cake for special occasions too, but is really easy – and cheap! – to make.

orange and blackcurrant Victoria sandwich cake recipe
Try this recipe for our delicious take on the traditional Victoria Sandwich sponge cake.
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