Spice is an indispensible part of all our cooking; it is amazing how such a small amount of an ingredient can make such a big difference to a recipe.
A really great simple cake batter that can be used for cakes or muffins. Easy enough for kids to make and decorate.
Delicious banana pancakes that are made from scratch then flavoured with a hint of vanilla. Ripe mashed bananas give this tasty breakfast an amazing richness.
This is the perfect sauce to go with silverside or corned beef. A good kiwi traditional meal - silverside, mashed potatoes, carrots and mustard sauce!
These are just what they say: big, soft, gingerbread biscuits. They stay soft, too. My oldest son's favourite.
Yummy zucchini corn fritters - we can't get enough of them. These fritters are light and fluffy with lots of zucchini and fresh corn.
Steak and broccoli are quickly cooked in a soy ginger sauce. Serve hot over steamed rice for a healthy, quick weeknight dinner.
Use black bananas. In fact, if they turn black, put bananas into freezers to keep for when you're ready to prepare. Once defrosted they will be pulp like and mix into cake batter much more easily giving you a cooked consistency like mud cake. Sometimes requires a little extra time in the oven. Don't panic - just keep testing with a tester and take out when ready. Can be iced with a chocolate ganache. Is delicious once cooled but the flavour really kicks in after 24 hours.
I love cutting into this puff pastry parcel to find a well seasoned full chicken breast, adjust the garlic to your preference if desired.
This is a rich Hungarian style beef stew with a smoky flavour from paprika. You can serve over pasta, rice or potatoes.
This is a nice basic construction but you can make your house more elaborate as you get more familiar with the process. Use your imagination and lollies and icing to make doors, windows, pathways and a garden. The gingerbread needs to sit overnight after cooking and after assembly - the fun is in the decorating!