Wine and Food Guide

Students push culinary envelope

Hot water is poured over dry ice at Technique restaurant.

In a culmination of three years of study, the first bachelor of culinary arts students at Otago Polytechnic put on a memorable dinner last week for friends and associates.

WINE REVIEWS: Sauvignon Blanc

WINE REVIEWS: Sauvignon Blanc

Most of the better 2014 sauvignon blancs will benefit from another few months or a year's bottle age, but some deliciously potent ones turned up in this group.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

A gorgeously illustrated coffee-table book, Movida Solera (Penguin) explores the food of Andalusia.

Fast (food) answers: Kiwis quiz McDonald's

Fast (food) answers: Kiwis quiz McDonald's

Rumours about buns not decomposing, the bright yellow hue of cheese and the exact makeup of chicken nuggets are among the most frequently asked questions by customers in the year since McDonald's New Zealand launched its online answer service.

Ask a chef: Starfish Cafe's kumara and bacon cakes

Ask a chef: Starfish Cafe's kumara and bacon cakes

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

Asparagus and new potato on rye

Asparagus and new potato on rye

This combines two of my favourite spring ingredients and is served on rye bread. It is great for a light supper or fresh lunch.

WINE REVIEWS: Syrah/Shiraz

WINE REVIEWS: Syrah/Shiraz

A friend recently told me he was enjoying Hawkes Bay syrah as a change from pinot noir. It can be exciting to explore other varieties. Here are some syrah/shiraz, merlot and cabernet blends.

Nutty but nice

Nutty but nice

You may think I'm a little, well, nuts to suggest that you try making nut milk.

Cookbooks: Keep it Vegan

Cookbooks: Keep it Vegan

There's a definite move towards more plant-based eating these days as we become more aware of health and environmental issues, as well as ethical considerations of farming animals.

On the menu: Uncle Joe's

Cold pressed nut and seed oils from Uncle Joe's in Marlborough can add a different flavour to summer salads and other dishes.

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