Wine and Food Guide

Pear flan with hazelnuts and dates

Photo by Simon Lambert.

This dessert is certainly worth becoming familiar with as it never disappoints and with the winter combination of juicy pears, crunchy hazelnuts and sweet dates it ticks all the boxes for a winning dessert!

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.

Blessed are the cheesemakers

Blessed are the cheesemakers

Marja Van Loon says her life changed when she attended a cheesemaking course five years ago, and shortly afterwards got her first calf, Daisy, from a fellow student.

A quince and almond cake to please

A quince and almond cake to please

Two ingredients that remind me of Spain are quinces and almonds. This delightful cake fits perfectly with this time of the year and will please all.

Ask a chef: Topiary Cafe's custard square

Ask a chef: Topiary Cafe's custard square

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

WINE REVIEWS: Chardonnay

WINE REVIEWS: Chardonnay

There are some delicious chardonnays in this batch, mouth-filling with well-balanced oak, creamy malolactic characters, nuttiness from lees contact, and lovely crisp finishes, but as always, it's the overall balance that brings it into harmony.

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