Wine and Food Guide

Kitchen a place to banish winter

I love a good frost as much as the next person, and, holy moly, we have had a few humdingers lately.

Beef olives, creamy mash and apple fool

Beef olives, creamy mash and apple fool

The classics never tire and this one I remember fondly in my childhood as I could never quite understand why they were called ''beef olives'' when we never had olives in them! But I do remember how moist and delicious they were, with the bonus of a parcel of stuffing inside.

Ask a chef: The Coffee Post Green Island chocolate brownie

Ask a chef: The Coffee Post Green Island chocolate brownie

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

Smooth, creamy and scrumptious

Smooth, creamy and scrumptious

These recipes were created by the wonderful Jessica Murnane of www.jessicamurnane.com

I've made some small adjustments and these dishes have been hugely popular whenever I've served them, so I'm excited to share them with you.

The stuffed mushrooms make an amazing dinner party entree and the puree is also delicious when served over vegetable noodles or cooked quinoa.

Winemakers pleased with quality of 2015 harvest

A good summer provided excellent conditions for ripening grapes, but a cool spring reduced the size of the crop by more than 20%, New Zealand Winegrowers chief executive Philip Gregan said.

Ask a chef: Spelt's orange and almond cakes

Ask a chef: Spelt's orange and almond cakes

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

Chicken and leek pot pie

Chicken and leek pot pie

Daniel Pfyl, hospitality management lecturer at Otago Polytechnic, shares some professional techniques to make your cooking easier. This month he shows us how to make chicken and leek pot pie with rice pilaf.

Softer acidities make for easier drinking

Softer acidities make for easier drinking

Joining me on the tasting panel today was Dunedin wine enthusiast Ricky Collins.

Making light work of winter

Making light work of winter

Each winter it is easy to fall back onto old favourites in the kitchen, especially a little comfort food.

Otago features in cookbook awards

Otago features in cookbook awards

Recipe books with Otago connections scooped the awards at the annual Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

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