12 sweet Muffins - master recipe
This master recipe allows you to adapt a batch of muffins to the ingredients you have available. Add spices, nuts, fruit or chocolate, play around and develop your own favourites. Ingredients 2 cups self raising flour ½ tsp baking powder...
3 "C's" Enchiladas - Chicken, Capsicum & Corn
This dish is pretty quick to prepare, is mild enough for a family meal and makes 2 chicken breasts into a hearty dinner for 4-6. We serve it with a big pile of salad, but rice and steamed veg would...
About destitute gourmet "dg" Classes
A dg class is a fun, information packed event, that really helps people make changes. Sophie has been presenting classes around NZ for well over a decade. What happens in a destitute gourmet (dg) class/demonstration? A dg class comprises several...
Apricot Shortcake Tray Bake
Melt in the mouth shortcake with a tart apricot filling, perfect for afternoon tea or serve warm for dessert with a scoop of ice-cream. Ingredients 500-600g stewed apricots – 2 generous cups – crushed and cooled 500g plain flour 2...
Asparagus Pastries
These savoury pastries are quick and very easy to make, ideal for a light meal or serve them with drinks as a pre dinner nibble. Halve the amount if you are cooking for 2. Ingredients 2 sheets of frozen puff...
Bacon and Bean Soup
Canned chilli beans are healthy, filling and have loads of flavour so they make a substantial base for this quick hearty soup that only costs around $8.00 to make. Ingredients 1 tbsp oil 1 onion chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed...
Balsamic Roasted Vegetables with Garlic
Delicious as a side dish to roasted or bbq meats, these tasty roasties are also excellent added to a cous cous salad or scattered over a pizza or into a pasta sauce, so make the full amount even if it...
Banana Cake
Banana cake is a favourite for picnics as well as dressing up nicely with cream or frosting for a special occasion. The recipe can easily be doubled – one for now and one for the freezer; or for a really...
Banana Walnut Loaf (banana bread)
This is an easy cake to make for a picnic. I assemble the whole thing in the processor taking care not to over mix but it’s easy to make without one. Banana loaf is lovely in thick slices warm from...
Basic Risotto with Pumpkin or Butternut
If you've never made a risotto before this one is a good basic formula, you can add a bit of chopped bacon or chorizo to the onion and garlic if you like or swap out the pumpkin. Ingredients 2 cups...
Bees Knees Cocktail
This prohibition era cocktail only needs one spirit - gin, to make a delicious tipple. It has a sweet sour flavour profile and makes a great pre dinner drink, another bonus of the Bees Knees - it's sweetened with honey,...
Beetroot and Feta Tarts
You'll need to allow an extra 40 minutes if making your own onion jam, (see below for recipe), it's very easy and cheap or use store-bought onion jam if you prefer, it's an easy recipe to double and the tarts are...
Boob-alicious Shortbread Biscuits
I created these bikkies as an option for raising funds for Breast Cancer Research – easily packaged in twos in cellophane bags they're ideal for selling in the office or at a cake stall. The frosting bra’s are really fun...
Bunny Butt Cupcakes
These cute as a button cupcakes don't require any actual decorating skills, and they are cheap and fun to make. You can also make them dairy free; substitute the butter for a dairy free spread and replace milk with rice...
Caitlin Amelia’s Rhubarb and Almond Tart
This dessert is a winner every time. A rich sweet almond filling contrasts with slightly tart rhubarb in a crispy golden crust. 11 yr old Caitlin liked this dessert so much we named it after her and they are both...
Chocolate Coated Marshmallow Easter Eggs
Making homemade Easter eggs is a fun activity to do with the kids over the Easter break. This recipe can be doubled but you will need a lot of cornflour and a roasting pan sized tray to mould a double...
Chocolate Nutella Cheesecake Brownie Bars
This indulgent dessert makes a drop dead delicious finish to a meal, or cut in bite size bits to take to an event or shared morning tea.  Both brownie and cheesecake freeze well for a few weeks. Ingredients 150g butter,...
Chocolate Truffles 3 Ways
Truffles make an indulgent yet affordable treat - perfect as a gift. This one base mixture can be finished 3 different ways to you can have a mixed selection of goodies to gift (be sure to keep at least some...
Christmas Cake Ice-Cream
Several years ago we ran a competition that asked people about their Christmas cake traditions, the results were a total surprise. Literally hundreds of the respondents admitted to buying, receiving or baking Christmas cakes every year religiously when not a...
Christmas Mince Pies
I think the thing that makes bought mince pies such a letdown and homemade ones so good, is that the bought ones are far too sweet. The pastry needs to be a contrast to the sweet filling. I make a...
Classic Bacon and Egg Pie
Bacon & Egg Pie is a Kiwi classic that’s great for lunch, dinner or a picnic. The kids will love it in fact it’s so easy they could make it. I use a square cake pan 20.5cm x 20.5cm, or...
Classic Scones
Scones take only around 20 minutes to make from scratch. They cost less than $2.00 to make and provide 12 – 15 filling fresh scones. They will provide energy from carbohydrate, and are not high in fat like pies or...
Classic Spice and Fruit Hot Cross Buns
This recipe makes around 24 great buns. I like to arrange the buns in a circle on the tray because in the Christian tradition the circle symbolises God's unending love but you can arrange them anyway you like.  Ingredients Dough...
Cottage Pie
Cottage pie is a family classic. It doesn’t take long to make and is real “all ages” comfort food. Use floury potatoes for the mash on the top, and serve with other seasonal vegetables. Ingredients For the filling 500g beef...
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