Kitchen Tips

Baking tips and tricks with Nici Wickes

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly Food Editor Nici Wickes is famed for her honest, fuss-free approach to cooking. Watch as she shares her tried-and-true tips for making the perfect sponge cake – just in time for Mother’s Day.

Make Nici's ginger sponge with feijoa cream filling

Nici shares her mum's recipe for the ultimate autumn sponge. Light, fluffy and filled with an irresistible ginger-spiked feijoa cream, this cake is perfect dusted with icing sugar and served in big, fat wedges. Whip up one for Mum this Mother's Day and enjoy over a hot cuppa.

Nici’s weeknight winners

"When I'm creating recipes for New Zealand Woman's Weekly or for Food to Love…I want the recipes to be easy, I want them to be quite fast and I want them to have a high chance of succeeding for even your most basic cook," says Nici. Discover four of her top weeknight meals that are designed to make your evenings easier (and more delicious).
Let the oven do all the work with this winning chicken dinner. Juicy, budget-friendly chicken thighs star with Spanish-inspired flavours to create a simple yet sophisticated dish. Serve with a fresh salad and mashed potatoes or rice.
These clean, punchy, textural lettuce cups are quick to prepare, not to mention gluten and dairy-free. They're equally suited for fast weeknight meals or a dinner party spread.
Drum roll, please! If you think you've had soy and ginger chicken before, think again! These drumsticks are juicy, crispy and punchy with fresh ginger. Serve with lime wedges and slaw for an easy midweek meal.
Mac n cheese is transformed from a last-resort recipe into something a little bit fancy with this delicious dish. It's the perfect fun bite when you're craving a little bit of cheesy comfort.
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