Wine and Food Guide

Sugar-free for the holidays

Ask most children what they like best about Easter and undoubtedly the answer will be chocolate eggs!

Homestyle cream corn

Homestyle cream corn

Corn has arrived and this homemade version of creamed corn is simply irresistible. Serve it alongside grilled chicken or pork, although I love it on hot buttered toast.

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

Fruit weight, concentration but not over-ripeness, persistence and balance are some of the keys to superb pinot noir, whether they ooze dark, textural power, sheath their steely strength in silky fruit, are lush with dark spicy fruits or lively with schisty red fruits. This tasting from two producers showed the variety of terroir from Otago vineyards.

Pickle your fancy

Pickle your fancy

There was a time when my thoughts of chutney and pickles were relegated to something my mother did that took all day, made a mess and was generally only appreciated at the local A&P show competition.

Comforting taste of summer

Comforting taste of summer

Clafoutis is a French pudding traditionally made with sour cherries. The cherries are placed in a buttered dish, covered with a thick batter and baked in the oven until the topping is risen and golden with a soft cake-like texture.

WINE REVIEWS: Chardonnay

WINE REVIEWS: Chardonnay

Chardonnay tends to undergo various wine-making processes, such as lees ageing, leaving the wine on spent yeast, which develops a hint of nuttiness, or malolactic fermentation, which converts sharp malic acid to buttery, sometimes even cheesy lactic acid.

A lesson in plum torte

A lesson in plum torte

This plum torte has very few ingredients, takes only minutes to prepare yet is moist, fruity and irresistible.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

Naked food is not hidden, covered or compromised by additives or preservatives.

Kiwis not eating '5+ A Day'

Kiwis not eating '5+ A Day'

Almost 75 per cent of New Zealanders still don't eat the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables, new figures show.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

Superfoods Cookbook (Penguin) is the latest from Australian diet and fitness coach Michelle Bridges, but these are not exotic expensive superfoods.

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