March 3, 2013

Ladies, A Plate

The lovely people at Penguin books have given Little Housewife a copy of "Ladies, A Plate" Traditional Home Baking by Alexa Johnston to giveaway to one lucky reader.

This book is full of "reliable, home-tested recipes" carefully compiled by the author from the private collections of generations of family and friends as well as her own vintage cook books which she has collected from second hand stores up and down the country.  In many instances the recipes have been credited to the original source such as Fan's Date Loaf on page 120 from Fanny Young in 1936.  There is even a photograph of the original hand written recipe included.  Love!

"Many New Zealanders can still recall a time when family cake tins contained a delicious variety of home-made biscuits, slices, fruit loaves and cakes baked each week by mothers, aunts and grandmothers. The contents of the tins brightened children’s lunches, revived them after school, and refreshed friends and visitors at morning and afternoon teatime. Women also baked for suppers and teas at community events in response to the message ‘Ladies, a plate’ – often printed on invitations to attend. Cream-filled sponges, ginger kisses, lamingtons, custard squares, chocolate éclairs, club sandwiches and sausage rolls were just some of the many specialties perfected by New Zealand home bakers. This is a book for anyone who longs to re-create their favourite treats with over 80 easy-to-follow recipes – all of them tried, tested and true".

"Ladies, A Plate" is a historical look at baking in New Zealand with a mixture of old favourites and long forgotten gems.  As well as being an informative cook book, it is also a fascinating historical guide and a beautiful pictorial.  This is one book everyone should have in their collections.

To enter for a chance to win a copy of this delightful book simply comment below along with your email address, comment on our Facebook page or share the link on our Facebook page.  Every comment or share is an entry to win.  Entries close on Thursday 14 March at 5.00pm and the winner will be drawn an announced on Friday 15 March at 10.00am.  The winner will be notified by email.


  1. Im a terrible baker but always try as the kids enjoy it so would love to win this to get some great no fail recipes :)

  2. Oh I love this book! I've given it as a gift, so had a sneaky read first, and would LOVE to own a copy. Please count me in. Email is
    Thanks so much :)

  3. I've heard that this is a fantastic book


  4. would love a copy of this book please :)

  5. Love tried and true recipes and LOVE the sond of this book!