Wine and Food Guide

Grilled or barbecue haloumi cheese with roasted courgette, peppers and cherry tomatoes

Grilling the haloumi.
Daniel Pfyl, hospitality management lecturer at Otago Polytechnic, shares some professional techniques to make your cooking easier. This month, he shows us how to grill haloumi cheese, make a chimichurri sauce and roast some vegetables.

Flavours to relish with almost anything

Flavours to relish with almost anything

This relish is fresh, spicy and crunchy and good with almost everything!

Taking a bite out of common food mantras

Popular philosopher Julian Baggini tackles some of the common mantras associated with food with a large pinch of salt: orthodoxies of the day that many of us follow, such as ''eat local and seasonal'', ''small producers good, multinationals bad'', and the pros and cons of fair trade, organic and free range versus industrial food.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

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

Oyster mushroom, blanco pizza

Oyster mushroom, blanco pizza

Any pizza is great, but when scattered with oyster mushrooms, garlic and Parmesan, it becomes a match made in heaven!

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Gris

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Gris

Pinot gris tends to be a wine people either enjoy or can't be bothered with. Apart from appreciating a few stylish versions, I have to admit I fall into the latter camp, especially when they are sweet and unbalanced by high alcohol that leaves a burn in the mouth.

Ask a chef: Craterscapes' gluten-free mud tarts

Ask a chef: Craterscapes' gluten-free mud tarts

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

On the menu

On the menu

Elderflower cordial may be old-fashioned but there's been a revival of it in both cordials and sparkling drinks.

Mixed spice blends

Mixed spice blends

Daniel Pfyl, hospitality management lecturer at Otago Polytechnic, shares some professional techniques to make your cooking easier. This month he shows how to mix spice blends to make your cooking more flavoursome.

Not too much of a good thing

Late last year, New Zealand Wine Growers announced a research programme into high quality, lower calorie and lower alcohol ''lifestyle'' wines facilitated by a new Primary Growth Partnership between the wine industry and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

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