Wine and Food Guide

Food for thought

Fresh spring rolls with seared tuna.
They say in the ancient seaside town of Hoi Ann, that once you have visited, you always return. At the time we smiled at the thought.

Banana prices hit 30-year high

Banana prices hit 30-year high

Bananas are the most expensive they have been in more than 30 years.

Ask a chef: Espresso Garden Cafe's chutney and cheese scone

Ask a chef: Espresso Garden Cafe's chutney and cheese scone

Ask a Chef reveals the secrets of those superb dishes you ate in cafes and restaurants and wanted to try yourself.

Read the fine print

Read the fine print

The Black Caps' recent prowess in the Cricket World Cup has brought a strong vein of pride and patriotism to the fore.

Rhubarb jam

Rhubarb jam

Rhubarb is abundant now, and if you are like me, you love its unique flavour but can never quite keep up with it. This jam recipe is great as the endless uses will impress you.

Porridge for pudding

Porridge for pudding

In case you feel you haven't had quite enough chocolate recently, I thought I would share a recipe which is top of the playlist in my household at the moment. (Porridge purists avert your eyes now!)

Sugar cut in new Coca-Cola

Sugar cut in new Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola is unveiling a new product with 35 per cent less sugar and kilojoules than the regular drink.

Time ripe to pick grapes

Time ripe to pick grapes

As you read these lines spare a thought for the wineries of Central Otago: harvest is getting under way.

Recent arrival means brewer can hop to it

Staff at Christchurch brewer Harrington's recently celebrated the arrival of a container of American hops: it was their first supply in nine months, and their Yankdak beer, with American Amarillo and Centennial hops in it, was running out thanks to a long-running waterfront dispute over there.

Ask a chef: Blend Espresso's lemon slice

Ask a chef: Blend Espresso's lemon slice

Ask a Chef reveals the secrets of those superb dishes you ate in cafes and restaurants and wanted to try yourself.

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