A Mauritian daube is a stew of meat or fish 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 chicken daube does not include chilli and curry spices you might find elsewhere (there would be much 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.
If you've read 'The Bog Baby' by Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward, you'll know that bog babies are round and blue, with goggly eyes, spiky tails and ears like a mouse, and their wings are no bigger than daisy petals. This magical book is perfect for inspiring creative model making and small world play, while at the same time gently encouraging children to explore what it means for a thing to be wild and free. Read on to find out how we made a DIY bog baby kit of our very own out of home-made playdough and basic craft accessories - not only are they great fun, they also make fantastic and original gifts when given with a copy of the book!