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.

Pasta with cauliflower and hazelnuts

Pasta with cauliflower and hazelnuts

I often do cauliflower like this through salads but this unpretentious vegetable turns this pasta dish into a delicious surprise.

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

We shouldn't judge a pinot noir by its colour. Often we associate darker red wines with more flavour but that's not always the case with pinot. A lighter coloured pinot noir can still have concentration and length.

Watching our waste lines

Watching our waste lines

The food the world wastes is enough to feed all the world's hungry several times over.

Wine exports rebound to record levels

Wine exports rebound to record levels

New Zealand wine exports have rebounded to record levels as the wine growing industry continues its turnaround in fortunes.

Plenty of new offerings in Martinborough

Plenty of new offerings in Martinborough

Here in the South we tend to focus on Central Otago pinot noir, but a recent visit to Martinborough reminded Charmian Smith that it, too, is a specialised pinot noir region with its own character.

Leek croquettes

Leek croquettes

I think this method of cooking leeks is superb. They are juicy, sweet and crispy all in one!

Ask a chef: With Sugar Cafe's roast pumpkin and chickpea salad

Ask a chef: With Sugar Cafe's roast pumpkin and chickpea salad

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

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

There are a few brands of wine that regularly offer great value. Main Divide wines, with their ripe fruit, complexity and texture, from the award-winning Pegasus Bay winery in Wairarapa north of Christchurch, is one of them.

Student food blog: Baked rice pudding

Student food blog: Baked rice pudding

With the temperature having dropped around 8degC over the course of Easter, I feel we have truly entered the pudding season.

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