In my fridge: Alice Arndell
Alice Arndell made it to the top three of New Zealand's Hottest Home Baker in 2012 before she was felled by a baking marathon. Undaunted, she got back in the kitchen and perfected some of her favourite recipes for a new book, Alice In Bakingland (HarperCollins, $49.95), out next month. Alice, who lives in Martinborough with her daughter Isobel and husband Shane, lets us in on her fridge favourites.
WHAT FIVE THINGS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR FRIDGE?
2. Real Canadian maple syrup.
4. Milk chocolate (I like it cold!).
5. Lots of open jars of homemade jam and chutney (the entire top shelf of my fridge is over run and they seem to multiply when I'm not looking).
DO YOU HAVE A STANDBY, NEVER FAIL RECIPE THAT USES ALL, OR SOME OF THESE INGREDIENTS?
Cinnamon French Toast. Bread soaked in egg, cream, sugar and cinnamon then panfried in butter. Served with crispy bacon, warmed through banana and lashings of real maple syrup. The best "breakfast for dinner" meal ever!
WHAT'S THE MOST EXOTIC THING IN YOUR FRIDGE?
Homemade quince and lime cordial - it's been my favourite drink all autumn and I'll be making twice as much next year because it's so popular with friends and family.
WHAT DO YOU NEVER STORE IN THE FRIDGE?
Eggs. I use eggs in baking pretty much every day and as they have to be at room temperature I've given up storing them in the fridge because it just delays cake gratification.
WHAT DO YOU DREAM OF FINDING IN THE FRIDGE?
A fully pre-prepared restaurant-quality dinner that is delicious, healthy, well-balanced, and preschooler approved. The dinner hour at our house can be chaotic so finding that would make my day - especially if it included soft centered chocolate puddings for dessert!