Wine and Food Guide

Roast of the day

The Sunday roast has been a New Zealand family tradition for generations, although it has fallen from fashion over the past decade or two. However, Selaks roast day is coming up on Sunday, Charmian Smith reports.

Ask a chef: Alto Cafe's date scones

Ask a chef: Alto Cafe's date scones

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

Jerusalem artichoke lasagne

Jerusalem artichoke lasagne

This recipe is one I make time and time again. It highlights the unique taste of the artichokes and comforts with the addition of pasta.

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Gris

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Gris

Pinot gris is diversifying from the sweet, fruity high alcohol wines of recent years. Now more savoury, textural versions are appearing as winemakers age the wine on lees or even do some barrel fermentation.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

Great meals tend to happen when you step back and let go, when you check how you are feeling before cooking, says Aaron Burnett, MasterChef winner and author of Cook With Me (Random House).

WINE REVIEWS: Riesling

WINE REVIEWS: Riesling

Riesling is so varied it can be difficult to tell what style you will find in the bottle unless there's a guide on the back. This tasting revealed dry, austere styles, sweeter ones, full-bodied ones, delicate ones and lush, rich ones with a dry finish.

 

BEST VALUE

Palliser Estate Martinborough Riesling 2012

Video: How to make placek layer cake

Video: How to make placek layer cake

Vita Badran shows how to make placek, a layered cake for special occasions, popular in Poland and Ukraine.

Rhubarb and custard

Rhubarb and custard

Dainty pink in colour and sweet, yet tart in flavour this jelly can go with so much. I simply added some custard and a little crunchy topping to complete this delicious dessert.

Ask a chef: Ombrellos' homestyle baked beans

Ask a chef: Ombrellos' homestyle baked beans

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

Parsnip, caper and parmesan salad with winter leaves

Parsnip, caper and parmesan salad with winter leaves

This salad is slightly warm and works well with our more robust winter leaves and strong flavours.

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