Wine and Food Guide

A tasty pie, be it ever so humble

Photo by Simon Lambert.

This pastry is perfect as a dairy-free option. I have added bacon to give a bit more flavour but it's totally up to you.

Surprise advice widened vineyard's horizons

Surprise advice widened vineyard's horizons

Is this the secret source of Central Otago pinot noir?

Sauteed spring greens with white beans and garlic

Sauteed spring greens with white beans and garlic

Fresh spring greens, with their peppery, crisp taste, go so well with creamy white beans and a pinch of chilli. This is great served simply as an appetiser or alongside a grilled pork chop or juicy fillet of fish.

Ask a chef: The Esplanade's eggplant parmigiano

Ask a chef: The Esplanade's eggplant parmigiano

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

Coffee time: every method has its flavour

Coffee time: every method has its flavour

There are many ways to make coffee. Espresso is the most popular these days, but there are other methods that coffee aficionados love to explore.

In food heaven in Vietnam

In food heaven in Vietnam

Sometimes you just need to make things happen. Earlier in the year, Monique and I found ourselves on the couch watching Luke Nguyen travel around Vietnam, his country of birth.

Central Otago growers produce fine wines despite weather

Central Otago growers produce fine wines despite weather

Central Otago winegrowers held their new release pinot noir tasting recently with six wine writers gathering in Cromwell to taste more than 80 pinot noirs that have just been, or will soon be, released.

Ask a chef: Nichol's Garden Cafe's curried cauliflower soup

Ask a chef: Nichol's Garden Cafe's curried cauliflower soup

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

Watercress, apple and walnut salad with salad cream

Watercress, apple and walnut salad with salad cream

This salad is perfectly in tune with the oncoming warmer weather. However, I have added a British-inspired dressing to add a bit of decadence.

Wine reviews: Sauvignon Blanc

Wine reviews: Sauvignon Blanc

The new 2014 sauvignon blancs are coming on to the market and those in this tasting are delicious, ripe and mouth-filling with a lively fresh finish. Let's hope it's indicative of the vintage in general.

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