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!

Designer dinners

The International Food Design Experience, Conference and Studio, hosted by the Food Design Institute and School of Design at Otago Polytechnic, runs from July 2-4 with more than 100 local and international chefs, designers and food lovers exploring and practising the latest food-design techniques.

Playing on your mind

Playing on your mind

Your mother may have told you not to play with your food, but these days playing with food and telling stories with it is a culinary trend.

Turning cocoa beans into chocolate bars

Turning cocoa beans into chocolate bars

''Artisan'' has become a buzzword among food cognoscenti.

Video: How to make Pâté au saumon (salmon pie)

Video: How to make Pâté au saumon (salmon pie)

Stephanie Desjardins, from Canada, shows how to make pâté au saumon, or salmon pie.

Ask a chef: Short Black's lemon and coconut slice

Ask a chef: Short Black's lemon and coconut slice

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

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Gris

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Gris

Pinot gris is diversifying from the sweet, fruity high alcohol wines of recent years. Now more savoury, textural versions are appearing as winemakers age the wine on lees or even do some barrel fermentation.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

Great meals tend to happen when you step back and let go, when you check how you are feeling before cooking, says Aaron Burnett, MasterChef winner and author of Cook With Me (Random House).

Jerusalem artichoke lasagne

Jerusalem artichoke lasagne

This recipe is one I make time and time again. It highlights the unique taste of the artichokes and comforts with the addition of pasta.

Ask a chef: Alto Cafe's date scones

Ask a chef: Alto Cafe's date scones

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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