Wine and Food Guide

Vegan fare for tasty Christmas

It might be a bit daunting to have to come up with interesting vegan Christmas fare but with several vegans in my own extended family, I've had plenty of years to practise.

Strawberries and cream muffins

Strawberries and cream muffins

Strawberries and cream muffins Makes 12 large or 15 medium muffins

WINE REVIEWS: Whites

WINE REVIEWS: Whites

This tasting includes several unusual but exciting white varieties that show great promise and are worth exploring. Look out for them in good restaurants and wine shops or browse online.

Ask a chef: Dispensary Cafe's gluten-free peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies

Ask a chef: Dispensary Cafe's gluten-free peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies

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

Butter's healthy comeback?

Butter's healthy comeback?

Kiwi tastebuds are turning back to our old love of butter, prompting new warnings about heart attacks and fuelling an academic row said to have "nearly come to blows".

Christmas treats

Christmas treats

I'm sure Willy Wonka would agree: it's hard to believe that anything which tastes this good is entirely plant-based.

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Gris

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Gris

Pinot gris is better than it used to be, thank goodness. In the past year or so I've noticed many have interesting textures and are better balanced than they once were.

Christmas Stollen

Christmas Stollen

Daniel Pfyl, hospitality management lecturer at Otago Polytechnic, shares some professional techniques to make your cooking easier. This month he shows us how to make a German Christmas stollen with marzipan.

Spiced chickpea and spring leaf soup

Spiced chickpea and spring leaf soup

This soup evokes memories of travels combined with offerings from the garden. I love soups like this as they are not only healthy but they seem to lift your spirits.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

Slightly zany baking can be found in Sweet Envy (Murdoch books), by Alistair Wise and Teena Kearney-Wise.

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