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lamb shanks in a pot with sprigs of rosemary

This is an easy and hearty Italian recipe for those chilly wintery weekends. A great alternative to your traditional Sunday roast.

A black bowl containing a orange coloured soup, with diced red apple and thyme as a garnish.

This Sweet Potato soup is easily made ahead and suitable for a thermos lunch at school, or a quick heat in the workroom microwave. It also makes an easy mid-week meal served with damper, savoury scones or a slice of thick toast.

Brown, chewy, fudge-like brownie, cut into squares in the pan.

Indulgent, fudge-like, and one for the sweet-tooths amongst us. This banana brownie is easy to make and a way to use up overripe bananas.

A bright green plate, with golden cooked fish, some garnish, a lime wedge and tartare sauce.

A fuss-free fish recipe that lets the natural flavour shine. Your local fishmonger can recommend alternate fish varieties depending on seasonality and to suit your budget.

Anzac biscuits with vintage typewritten recipe

Anzac biscuits are an institution. Golden and chewy, familiar and comforting.

A white bowl with beff, potato, onion in a curry sauce and garnished with coriander.

Shared at a recent IDEAS staff luncheon, this slow cooker Massaman Curry was a favourite. 

A table set with a pie dish, cutlery, crockery and a nutmeg, bayleaf and peppercorns. The pie is golden with vegetables showing through some slits, it is garnished with herbs such as thyme.

When the cupboard is empty, it's been a long day, and I need a quick meal with an easy shopping list, this Chicken Pie is my go-to. 

A blue bowl with a brown edge sits on a timber table. Beside it is a spoon. In the bowl is broth, celery, chicken, carrot and onion. A bowl of Chicken soup.

Satisfying and soothing, chicken soup is always a useful recipe in your collection. Fighting colds, feeling unwell, or just for comfort, chicken soup is the essence of feel-good food.

Using a BBQ chicken and purchased stock makes it simple and time-saving. 

A top down photo of a bowl of curry, with sweet potato, carrot, cauliflower, peas and beans.

Slow cookers aren’t limited to cool weather. They save you time and energy standing over a hot stove in the heat of summer or when autumn days are still warm. Using a slow cooker for this recipe makes it a low prep weekday dinner that you can come home to. Vegan-friendly and hearty but light, this recipe makes quite a quantity. Freeze leftovers for another time. You will find the sweet potato breaks down and thickens the sauce nicely. 

A slice of pale yellow pie dusted with white icing sugar and with lime zest on top.

Actually known as “Impossible Pie”, this recipe is easy to make. The name came about because a runny mixture goes into the cake pan, and a 3 layered “pie” comes out of the oven. There is a pastry-like bottom, where the heavy ingredients settle, a custard-like centre, and a golden and crisp top where the coconut floats.