Wine and Food Guide

Living Wilde and free

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Anna and Roger Wilde are champions of healthy living.  he Nelson couple share their passion for life in their community and via a website called Wild Health, where they offer education about healthy eating and living through recipes and nutritional information. With a growing demand for recipes for those with special dietary needs, the Wildes have recently released Real Fresh Gluten-free Food. Colleen Thorpe talks to them about how to start on the road to a healthy, happy life.

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.

WINE REVIEWS: Aromatic white wines

WINE REVIEWS: Aromatic white wines

Some white wines are described as aromatic varieties which usually refers to gewurztraminer, pinot gris and riesling. These are fragrant when you swirl and sniff them and are usually made simply in stainless steel tanks, although some gain texture by being left on lees in old barrels.

Intense flavour and moreish

Intense flavour and moreish

I love the pungent sharp kick of ginger, so it's not surprising that this cake is a favourite.

Ask a chef: Nichol's Garden Cafe's carrot cake

Ask a chef: Nichol's Garden Cafe's carrot cake

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

Video: How to make spaghetti alle vongole

Video: How to make spaghetti alle vongole

Mark Seymour shows how to make spaghetti alle vongole: spaghetti with clams.

WINE REVIEWS: Merlot

WINE REVIEWS: Merlot

Even in good vintages like 2013 in Hawkes Bay, most merlots and blends benefit from extra bottle age to allow the sometimes rough edges of youth to mellow. When the premium 2013 reds are released, expect some fine wines.

Swede, thyme and almond soup

Swede, thyme and almond soup

Swedes are readily available and very economical. This soup surprises even the most unimpressed swede consumers. The swede becomes creamy and silky, and the thyme and almonds bring it all together.

WINE REVIEWS: Sauvignon Blanc

WINE REVIEWS: Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon blanc can bring a fresh breath of summer into the dark and cold of winter, but the richer, oaked versions, sometimes called fumé (smoky) blanc, have more complexity and interest and can be worth lingering over.

Ask a chef: Potpourri's birdseed bar

Ask a chef: Potpourri's birdseed bar

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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