Wine and Food Guide

Summer's salad days

Seared tuna with chickpeas, iceberg lettuce, hummus and harissa.

Here in sunny North Otago, summer is definitely upon us if the browning of the hills are anything to go by.

Nutty but nice

Nutty but nice

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

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.

Wine reviews: Blends

Wine reviews: Blends

This group of wines turned up with a couple of PGR blends - pinot gris, riesling and gewurztraminer. These three aromatic grapes can work well together, with the fullness of pinot gris balanced by the liveliness of riesling.

Ask a Chef: Craterscapes' butterscotch slice

Ask a Chef: Craterscapes' butterscotch slice

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

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.

Top Chef stocks up with goodies on trip home

Top Chef stocks up with goodies on trip home

Hot-shot Kiwi chef Matt Lambert will be adding New Zealand clams and cheeses to the menu of his Michelin star New York restaurant after a flying visit to the country this month.

Whiff of the good stuff

Whiff of the good stuff

Does a little affectation have an effect on wine? Alex Russell takes a look.

Four square

Four square

Kim McCosker is the queen of ''4 Ingredients''. Her 18 cookbooks all contain recipes using just four ingredients, while the latest helps plan meals in advance. Colleen Thorpe asked her a few questions.

No 1 pinot noir ranking wait over

No 1 pinot noir ranking wait over

Rockburn Wines winemaker Malcolm Rees-Francis has had his fingers crossed for a ''No 1'' ranking for the past eight years, since being named ''No 2'' in Cuisine magazine's annual New Zealand pinot noir tastings in 2006.

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