Favourite Kiwi Recipes

Long winter days can get all of us down in the dumps. Especially of you have a family around your feet who ae bored stupid. A great way to not only keep them entertained but fed as well is to whip up one of these old favourites in the kitchen.

Get your significant other or kids involved, get dirty, and make something yummy. Once the day is done you can serve these up as a dinner.

Get your kids to set the table with something nice, create a centre piece and put out all the best cutlery. After all, what’s the point in keeping things if you never use them?

Cook Yourself Happy – Favourite Recipes For Winter Days

Brandy Snap Cakes

These are easy to make and don’t require many ingredients. Sit afterwards with your family and scoff these delicious sweet treats in front of the TV, after a great dinner, or even as a sneaky treat at night while you are checking on your Australian sports betting.

You will need:

  • 1½cups of Cream
  • 3 TBSP icing sugar, for the cream and extra to dust over the finished cake
  • 1½tsp Vanilla essence
  • 18 Brandy snaps
  • 75g Dark chocolate, melted
  • 8 Strawberries, hulled and halved
    A small handful of Mint, to garnish.


  1. Whip the cream, icing sugar and vanilla essence, until you get a thick consistency.
  2. Pipe the cream into the middle of the brandy snaps. Put a little cream on the centre of a serving plate to stop the brandy snaps from skating around.
  3. Top each layer with another layer of 6 brandy snaps interchanging the broader and thinner ends to keep them as flat as possible
  4. Keep layering until you run out of brandy snaps and you have formed a tower. Trickle with the cooled but still runny chocolate. Put the strawberries on top and dust with the extra icing sugar. You can now garnish with the mint.
  5. Keep in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.

Golden Kumara And Bacon Fritters

A bit more complicated but nonetheless fun to make. These are healthy too!

You will need:

  • 2 large kumara, peeled and cubed
  • Oil for cooking
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 bacon rashers, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ cup grated cheese
  • 1 cup silver beet, shredded
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Half head of lettuce, shredded
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 100g feta, crumbled
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • Frozen fries


  1. Place the kumara into a pot of salted water. Cook for at least 10 minutes or until softened. Drain the kumara and mash roughly.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and bacon and cook both of these together 5 minutes until cooked and slightly browned. Once these are cooked and fragrant then add to the kumara. Stir well and add eggs, flour, cheese, silver beet, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper. Make sure that everything is well combined, this is a great task for the kids!
  3. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat. Spoon large tablespoons of mixture into the frying pan, cooking 3-4 minutes each side until golden. Don’t worry if not totally cooked through they will carry on cooking while you keep them warm and whip up the next batch. Remove and keep warm while you cook the remainder.
  4. Combine lettuce, carrot and feta.
  5. Serve the fritters with salad, fries and a sauce on the side such as ketchup or sweet chilli.