Bec Stanley

Once considered something you would only feed sheep dogs on farms across New Zealand, lamb shanks are now a staple in many households and restaurants. They're almost a NZ icon. With so many flavours they can be paired with, once slow-cooked,...
Saffron is the defining flavour in this simple yet delicious seafood recipe. With its beautiful bright yellow colour, luxurious taste and unique aroma, it is one of the most revered and expensive spices in the world. This is due to...
My father Simon Stamers-Smith spent his early years growing up in Sri Lanka. As a result, he fell in love with the flavours of the East and has become one of the most wonderful curry cooks I have ever met! Sri...
I've never really had a sweet tooth. So I find it hard to muster up the enthusiasm to cook elaborate desserts for guests and family – well, really any desserts at all! If I do, they need to be simple,...
After a long day at work, or after hours of ferrying the kids from activity A to B to C to D, or if you are just feeling a little disorganised, this tasty yet simple recipe is just what you...
In recent times, there have been bold claims about the healing and health benefits of turmeric. On the back of claims that include alleviating allergies and depression, this spice has become incredibly trendy; so much so, one can now order a...
If you eat out in Wanaka, then Francesca's Italian Kitchen should be on your radar. The magnificent Italian restaurant uses fresh produce to transport you to Italy with its smells and flavours. I was there (in Wanaka, not Italy) recently with...
This is a family favourite in our household and a guaranteed palate pleaser, writes Bec Stanley. In the Mediterranean, olives are symbol of blessings and peace, and one belief is that beef olives, as in the recipe below, are...
It's only natural that we are yearning for comfort food at this time of year, and what better way to satisfy that need than with a hearty pie! I was inspired to write a fish pie recipe after a...
This spicy and addictive noodle dish can burn and numb you at the same time! The tongue-tingling from the Szechuan chilli oil is balanced out with peanut butter and sesame oil to deliver a tantalising delight. There are two major varieties...
As a follow-on from the two recipes I shared last year, aimed at encouraging children to learn to cook, here is an additional simple recipe. Every young person venturing into the big wide world for the first time (and leaving the...
This restorative and warming dish is a twist on classic Vietnamese flavours and cuisine. With its mixture of textures, aromatics and delicious, mixed fresh herbs, you can be transported to the streets of Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi in...
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