Bec Stanley

Creating soup is a kind of alchemy – turning water into tasty broths and bland into savoury. At every step of this transformation, you need to add a new layer of flavour to achieve the most delicious results. The recipe below is...
Celebrate the Easter season with this twist on the time-honoured hot cross bun. Traditionalists may frown upon this week's creation, however they say success is found when one fills a human need or want! As my children refuse to eat anything...
Let me introduce you to an Asian classic. This delicious pork dish, wrapped in a lettuce leaf, is all about texture, flavour and simplicity. There is an allure to sung choi bao that everybody seems to love, but strangely...
Great risotto is about technique, ingredients and a little patience. Once you've mastered this dish, you can experiment with a plethora of seasonal flavours and vegetables. A few key steps that need to be adhered to are lightly toasting the rice...
The weather is cooling, but most of us are still clinging to what's left of summer. I have therefore created a recipe to bridge the seasons; a warming aromatic soup with crisp fresh vegetables. Loosely based around a Vietnamese Pho,...
Excuse the pun, but eggs are an unbeatable start to your day. They are naturally so nutritious, quick and easy. An egg is one of the most affordable forms of protein – with more than 11 essential vitamins and minerals packed...
Tacos are a favourite in my household. With their punchy, fresh flavours and vibrant colours, what's not to like? This week, having whipped up the meat base for our tacos as per the belo w recipe, I went to the...
Fellow tomato lovers! While we are still in a tomato thrall, and they are affordable enough to buy in bulk, I thought it essential to create a recipe utilising these colourful mouthfuls of sweet deliciousness. Right now, tomatoes are on the...
After the indulgences of summer holidays (can we call it summer?) I am about to embark on a six-week Fitness for Life Blitz, where the lovely Tania Campbell will exercise me senseless and ensure I eat wholesome, healthy food over its...
The prospect of heading back to school can be somewhat daunting for both kids and parents alike, after all the fun and indulgences of summer holidays. Take one less stress out of your morning and ease back into the world...
I backpacked through Myanmar 20 years ago and it's my most beloved country in South East Asia, if not the world – from the tranquil serenity of Bagan, to the hustling madness of Yangon, to the intriguing dancing cats in...
Stone fruits are famous for their vitamin C content and here in the Otago Lakes we are lucky to have a fresh abundance of them right on our doorstep. They are a hugely versatile fruit that can be sauteed, poached, macerated,...
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