Wine and Food Guide

Rhubarb buttermilk cake

Photo by Simon Lambert.

This simple cake recipe is great for impromptu parties or unexpected guests as it is simple to prepare and versatile.

More than a simple snag

On Friday, 20 butchers, chefs and food writers spent a day tasting sausages in Christchurch at the first South Island heat of the annual Devro New Zealand sausage competition. The winners from this and the North Island heat will go into the final in Auckland on October 14.

Wine Reviews: Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Reviews: Sauvignon Blanc

Classic Marlborough sauvignon blanc, assertive and overflowing with vibrant aromas and flavours may be what New Zealand is known for, but toned-down styles with texture and complexity are sometimes more interesting and often more food friendly.

Recipe: Spring onion fritters

Recipe: Spring onion fritters

Spring onion fritters Serves 4

Ask a chef: Gibbston Valley Cafe's pear cake

Ask a chef: Gibbston Valley Cafe's pear 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 Dutch apple cake

Video: How to make Dutch apple cake

Hannah van Turnhout shows how to make her Dutch grandmother's appletart (apple cake).

Biodynamics bringing 'different energy' to C. Otago vineyard

Biodynamics bringing 'different energy' to C. Otago vineyard

When you see handsome hairy Highland cattle in the corner of a vineyard, they are likely to be part of a biodynamic system, providing manure for the compost, and later, other parts, such as horns, for the various preparations.

Recipe: Spanish tortilla

Recipe: Spanish tortilla

You need only three ingredients - potato, onion and egg - to make this delicious Spanish tortilla (omelette).

Cookbooks

It's not expensive to eat healthy food as the Heart Foundation and Federation of Family Budgeting Services' new 40-page cookbook, Cheap Eats: Easy, tasty and economical family meals, shows.

Ask a chef: Two Chefs Bistro's panko crumbed sweetbreads

Ask a chef: Two Chefs Bistro's panko crumbed sweetbreads

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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