Wine and Food Guide

Taking the plunge

Ask Mario Fernandez Alduenda what makes a good coffee and you'll get a fascinatingly informative reply that is perhaps not what you were expecting. Charmian Smith talks to the Mexican coffee expert who's living in Dunedin.

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.

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.

Cooking 101: Wholemeal spaghetti with prawn, tomato and white wine sauce

Cooking 101: Wholemeal spaghetti with prawn, tomato and white wine sauce

Daniel Pfyl, hospitality management lecturer at Otago Polytechnic, shares some professional techniques to make your cooking easier. This month, he shows us how to cook a prawn, tomato and white wine sauce to go with wholemeal spaghetti.

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