Wine and Food Guide

Taking the plunge

Ask Mario Fernandez Alduenda what makes a good coffee and you'll get a fascinatingly informative reply that is perhaps not what you were expecting. Charmian Smith talks to the Mexican coffee expert who's living in Dunedin.

Cookbook: Slow Food Fast

Cookbook: Slow Food Fast

Simon and Alison Holst's latest little Everyday Easy book is Slow Food Fast (Hyndman Publishing).

Recipe: Poached pears with saffron, ginger and cardamom

Recipe: Poached pears with saffron, ginger and cardamom

Pears are still readily available and this fragrant method of poaching adds a wonderful Middle Eastern flavour. I like to serve them with creamy strained yoghurt.

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

To get the best out of pinot noir, especially high-acid ones, serve them at room temperature. Coax the aromas out by warming the glass in your hands and they can turn from lean and edgy to spicy and lively.

Our daily bread and all its delicious varieties

Our daily bread and all its delicious varieties

Dean Brettschneider, who styles himself the Global Baker, has yet another book out, this time simply called Bread (Penguin).

Ask a chef: Pier 24's Afghan slice

Ask a chef: Pier 24's Afghan slice

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

Book covers ins, outs of smoking plus recipes

Book covers ins, outs of smoking plus recipes

Smoking food is an ancient form of preservation, and until recently was looked on as the exclusive domain of hunters and fishers or butchers.

Recipe: Sophie's pulled pork burgers

Recipe: Sophie's pulled pork burgers

I recently went on a sibling date with my brother in Auckland. Basically, I bribed him with burgers.

Ask a chef: Riverstone Kitchen's zucchini, basil and parmesan soup

Ask a chef: Riverstone Kitchen's zucchini, basil and parmesan soup

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

Roasted yam and barley salad

Roasted yam and barley salad

This salad is great as the humble ingredients used add texture and of course the flavours work together beautifully.

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