Of Indian heritage, Ashia Ismail-Singer was raised in Malawi and the UK, before moving to New Zealand. One of four girls, food has always played a big part in her life and she believes it is one of life's simple but great pleasures. Ashia was taught to cook by her mother, learning the traditional Indian way, without shortcuts, but since then she has combined influences from Malawi, the UK and New Zealand into her cooking. She is a regular contributor to New Zealand House & Garden, and appears in a number of other food-related media. Ashia Ismail-Singer lives in Auckland with her family, and works as a school nurse.