Wine and Food Guide

First Dunedin restaurant to win 'hat'

Another of Bracken's signature dishes.
One of Dunedin's newest restaurants has won a coveted chef's ''hat'' in New Zealand's premier restaurant awards - the first to be awarded in the city.

Pickled red cabbage

Pickled red cabbage

The older I get, the more I turn to things I once overlooked, and now I am not only appreciating popping open a jar of my jam or relish but I really enjoy adding pickled this and that to any meal. This simple pickle is one that is enjoyed all over the world.

Ask a chef: With Sugar Cafe's white chocolate brownies

Ask a chef: With Sugar Cafe's white chocolate brownies

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

Go wild with a Cretan recipe

Go wild with a Cretan recipe

As World War 1 commemorations continue, trying a Turkish-inspired recipe or two seems appropriate.

Wine reviews: Chardonnay

Wine reviews: Chardonnay

A vaulted cellar, serried ranks of dusty bottles gaining in profundity, exclusivity and value with the passage of time, as the mysterious alchemy that is ageing transforms humble bottles into things of wonderment.

Warming winter dishes made easy

Warming winter dishes made easy

As Mother's Day approaches, many New Zealand cookbook authors are releasing their latest efforts. Among them is Annabel Langbein, who grows much of her family's fresh produce in organic vegetable gardens on the shores of Lake Wanaka.

Rhubarb and custard tart

Rhubarb and custard tart

Some combinations work better than others and this one is made in heaven. This recipe has a few more steps than usual but I feel the need for a little something special. Perhaps it's the weather?

Why am I offered a taste of wine?

Why am I offered a taste of wine?

You are sitting in a moodily-lit restaurant perusing the wine list, wanting to impress your dinner date: wine waiter standing over you.

Doing it for themselves

Doing it for themselves

Sisters Karena and Kasey Bird were audience favourites when they won the reality television cooking show MasterChef 2014 title. But as Rebecca Fox discovers, they have not rested on their laurels during the past 18 months.

Smoked salmon kedgeree

Smoked salmon kedgeree

Smoked salmon kedgeree is luxurious, elegant and just a little extravagant. I regard this as the ultimate comfort food.

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