I’m no domestic goddess, but readers are always asking for my recipes. Here are some of our family classics. May they fill your kitchen with glorious aromas and bring smiles to those you love.

Every recipe has a story. Whipping up a simple cake one day, I was inspired to write a philosophy on life based on the recipe. It became the stage show A SLICE OF BANANA CAKE, which I performed with brilliant jazz musicians in New Zealand and Australia. Thanks to great reviews and hard working-volunteers, the show raised more than $40,000 for hospices and other charities. It was also recorded and broadcast on National Radio, New Zealand.

Helen Brown
(Photo by Steph Thornborrow)

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