Wine and Food Guide

From the heart

Raspberry chocolate upside-down cake.

When you want to impress your loved one just that little bit more, Valentine's Day is a great time to get out of your comfort zone in the kitchen and get cooking, Alison Lambert writes.

In season: Smoky tomato sauce

In season: Smoky tomato sauce

Take advantage of tomatoes while they are tasty and plentiful, Alison Lambert writes.

Food events to whet your appetite

As Christmas approaches food events for next year are being announced, including a second International Food Design Conference and other food and wine experiences.

Gift ideas for budding oenophiles

Gift ideas for budding oenophiles

Wine reviewer Mark Henderson shares a few gift ideas for the festive season.

Classic combos

Classic combos

The combination of peas, ham and cheese is a classic in Italian and British cuisine, chef Jack Gould writes. Here it's put to use in a delicious risotto. 

Queenstown home to NZ's best cafe

Queenstown home to NZ's best cafe

Nestled into the hills with a view of the Remarkables, you'll find the best café in the country, Bespoke Kitchen, in Queenstown.

Classic combos

Classic combos

The combination of peas, ham and cheese is a classic in Italian and British cuisine. Here we will put it to use in a delicious risotto.

Festive fare

Festive fare

Alison Lambert likes to keep it traditional at this time of the year, with a ''proper'' ham, a light fresh salad, oven-roasted new-season potatoes and a scrumptious sauce.

In season: Strawberry cake

In season: Strawberry cake

This cake is laden with fresh, sweet strawberries,  Alison Lambert writes. "I like to keep the cake this size so the strawberries play the main role and the cake just nestles between."

Ask a chef: Steam Cafe's beef and black rice salad

Ask a chef: Steam Cafe's beef and black rice salad

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

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