Wine and Food Guide

Living Wilde and free

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Anna and Roger Wilde are champions of healthy living.  he Nelson couple share their passion for life in their community and via a website called Wild Health, where they offer education about healthy eating and living through recipes and nutritional information. With a growing demand for recipes for those with special dietary needs, the Wildes have recently released Real Fresh Gluten-free Food. Colleen Thorpe talks to them about how to start on the road to a healthy, happy life.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Putting down roots

Putting down roots

After early ups and downs, wine growing in the Waitaki Valley is realising its potential, writes Charmian Smith.

New pumpkin variety available

It's pumpkin time, and there's a new variety available this year, the small butterkin, shaped like a small pumpkin but with flesh the colour of butternut.

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