Wine and Food Guide

A taste of things to come

Sticky venison ribs with plum sauce.

For those who have been hanging out for our long-awaited third cookbook, I can tell you the wait is almost over.

Ask a chef: With Sugar Cafe's white chocolate brownies

Ask a chef: With Sugar Cafe's white chocolate brownies

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

Rhubarb and custard tart

Rhubarb and custard tart

Some combinations work better than others and this one is made in heaven. This recipe has a few more steps than usual but I feel the need for a little something special. Perhaps it's the weather?

Warming winter dishes made easy

Warming winter dishes made easy

As Mother's Day approaches, many New Zealand cookbook authors are releasing their latest efforts. Among them is Annabel Langbein, who grows much of her family's fresh produce in organic vegetable gardens on the shores of Lake Wanaka.

Wine reviews: Chardonnay

Wine reviews: Chardonnay

A vaulted cellar, serried ranks of dusty bottles gaining in profundity, exclusivity and value with the passage of time, as the mysterious alchemy that is ageing transforms humble bottles into things of wonderment.

Ask a chef: Otago Museum creamy mushroom soup

Ask a chef: Otago Museum creamy mushroom soup

Well it's that time of year and there is nothing nicer than a bowl of thick hot soup. Our mushroom soup really follows the K. I. S. S principal and is not an exact science but relies on taste and personal preference.

Doing it for themselves

Doing it for themselves

Sisters Karena and Kasey Bird were audience favourites when they won the reality television cooking show MasterChef 2014 title. But as Rebecca Fox discovers, they have not rested on their laurels during the past 18 months.

Cabbage with carraway

Cabbage with carraway

Cabbage is crisp, affordable and in season at the moment. I love that within minutes I can be sitting down to a fulfilling bowl of goodness.

Why am I offered a taste of wine?

Why am I offered a taste of wine?

You are sitting in a moodily-lit restaurant perusing the wine list, wanting to impress your dinner date: wine waiter standing over you.

Smoked salmon kedgeree

Smoked salmon kedgeree

Smoked salmon kedgeree is luxurious, elegant and just a little extravagant. I regard this as the ultimate comfort food.

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