Wine and Food Guide

Pear flan with hazelnuts and dates

Photo by Simon Lambert.

This dessert is certainly worth becoming familiar with as it never disappoints and with the winter combination of juicy pears, crunchy hazelnuts and sweet dates it ticks all the boxes for a winning dessert!

Waitemata Ale fondly remembered

Waitemata Ale fondly remembered

Alas , Waitemata Sparkling Ale is no more: it disappeared more than a decade ago.

Home baking judges tell all

Home baking judges tell all

Nothing escapes the sharp eyes of Fay Taylor and Margaret Magon, experienced bakers and judges at the Taieri A and P Show.

Carried away by the currant

Carried away by the currant

Blackcurrants might be small but they pack quite a punch, both in nutrition and in flavour, says Bevan Smith.

RECIPE: Ra Bar's pumpkin soup

RECIPE: Ra Bar's pumpkin soup

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

On the menu

On the menu

Beet leaves beaut greens

Sauvignon blanc plentiful

Sauvignon blanc plentiful

With so much sauvignon blanc around at the moment, it's not surprising to find some producers trying to make theirs stand out.

Warbirds wined up

Warbirds wined up

Wine buffs will be able to toast the aerial antics at Warbirds Over Wanaka this year with a commemorative bottle produced to promote the popular Easter airshow.

Having a sniff around the Kiwi truffle trade

Having a sniff around the Kiwi truffle trade

They're not much to look at - a cross between a shrivelled human brain and a lump of coal is one description; it is their taste and smell that sets them apart, at least in the case of those that have been referred to as "the food of the gods", or the "jewels of cookery". Gordon Brown explains.

Wine match: Shiraz

Wine match: Shiraz

If you are cooking Italian style - especially if you are in holiday mode - it is a good idea to have a bottle of wine on the go, partly because most recipes will benefit from a splash or two, but also because a glass in the hand always helps it seem less than a chore.

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