All Recipes

Welcome to our ultimate recipe hub, a culinary playground filled with an enticing variety of dishes for every occasion! We’ve poured our hearts into curating a comprehensive collection of recipes that cater to every taste, skill level, and dietary need. From delectable appetizers to mouthwatering main courses, and from refreshing salads to indulgent desserts, our extensive library covers all the bases to help you create scrumptious, satisfying meals for any event.

Our passionate team of food enthusiasts is dedicated to bringing you the very best in home cooking. We’ve carefully crafted each recipe to ensure that your time spent in the kitchen is both enjoyable and rewarding. With step-by-step instructions, expert tips, and vivid photos, we aim to make your culinary journey a delightful experience full of creativity and inspiration.

Explore the diverse flavors of our collection, featuring dishes inspired by global cuisines and local favorites. Whether you’re a seasoned home cook looking for fresh ideas or a busy parent in search of quick and easy meals, we’ve got you covered. Our recipe hub is constantly updated with new and exciting dishes, so you’ll never run out of ideas to make mealtime a joyous, flavorful affair.

So go ahead, roll up your sleeves, and dive into our treasure trove of recipes. With our guidance and your passion for cooking, every meal you create will be a testament to the love and care you put into the food you share with your family and friends. Embark on a culinary adventure with us and let the magic of home-cooked meals bring joy, warmth, and unforgettable memories to your table.

Pineapple Christmas Cake

Pineapple christmas cake

This Pineapple Christmas cake recipe is well known to New Zealanders, and has been ever since our pre-eminent chef Alison Holst first made it on national television 30 years ago. It has received thousands of positive reviews and comments over the years and many look to it as the tried and true ‘go-to’ Christmas cake. … Read more

Louise Cake Slice

Louise cage recipe

Louise Cake, with its shortcake crust slathered with raspberry jam and crowned with a delicately crisp coconut meringue, has been part of the New Zealand landscape for a very long time. Where does it come from? Its origins aren’t very clear, but rumour has it that it was created for the wedding of Queen Victoria’s daughter, … Read more

Baumkuchen (Tree Cake)

Baumkuchen tree cake

The January 2014 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Francijn of “Koken in de Brouwerij”. She challenged us all to bake layered cakes in the tradition of Baumkuchen (Tree Cake) and Schichttorte (layered cake). Wow, this was a fun challenge! And a fairly labor-intensive one! You need to have a good measure of patience, given … Read more

Festive Pavlova Wreath

Take a peek at any Kiwi dinner table on Christmas Day and you’ll almost always find that iconic, and most Kiwi of desserts – Pavlova. If you haven’t tried Pavlova, you’re in for a real treat – clouds of sweet marshmallow encased in crunchy meringue, topped with lashings of cream and tart fresh fruit. Simple, … Read more

Peanut Butter Semifreddo with Chocolate Fudge Sauce

Peanut Butter Semifreddo with Chocolate Fudge Sauce

My love of all things Italian continues with this Semifreddo recipe, combining the best qualities of ice-cream and gelato. Though Semifreddo can be made in a number of ways, I prefer the traditional method of cooking a sabayon (a cooked custard using egg yolks), to which you add flavourings and whipped cream. It’s a little … Read more

Healthy Nut Butter Chocolate


I can’t lie. The idea of ‘healthy’ chocolate has always pretty much left me cold. That is until now. When it came time to sample this health enhancing chocolate I was, as always, prepared for the usual disappointment. Let’s face it… chocolate’s chocolate – there ain’t no prizes for second place. And it is true… you’re … Read more

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cream & Caramel Sauce


You gotta love technology! Up until this last weekend, I’ve made do with a hand beater during the three years I’ve been writing this blog. And, I never figured it was a big deal… That is, until my hand beater gave up the ghost, and I was forced to buy a replacement. This time, though, I … Read more

Asian Fish & Rice Patties

Asian Fish & Rice Patties

I was looking for something light and healthy for lunch today and came across a torn-out page from an Australian magazine in one of my recipe folders. Sadly, the page doesn’t have the magazine’s name on it, so I can’t credit it. However, I’m glad I tried these Asian Fish & Rice Patties – they were quick … Read more