Wine and Food Guide

Perfect picnic pick and mix

Muffuletta (pressed Italian sandwich).

Alison Lambert loves packing her picnic hamper, thermos and rug and heading off.

Chickweed and wild garlic pesto

Chickweed and wild garlic pesto

This is a forager's delight and one full not only of sweet spring flavours but rich in nutrients and minerals, writes foodie Alison Lambert.

Achieving more restraint and balance

Achieving more restraint and balance

For much of my time in wine retail, consumers have had a fondness for Kiwi whites and Aussie reds and there's no doubt that cooler weather and cuddly Aussie shiraz and cabernet do go hand in hand.

Aromas of spring

Aromas of spring

Dunedin chef Jack Gould keeps it simple and seasonal.

Chefs see food as much more than a commodity

Chefs see food as much more than a commodity

There's a new movement gaining momentum in the New Zealand food industry. ConversatioNZ, aiming to ''inspire and empower'' by creating a strong sense of pride and respect for the country's natural, edible resources, is a not-for-profit movement created to share the story of New Zealand food and push culinary boundaries. North Otago reporter Rebecca Ryan talks to North Otago chefs and ConversatioNZ advisory board members Bevan Smith and Fleur Sullivan about it.

Fresh ricotta with baked rhubarb

Fresh ricotta with baked rhubarb

Making ricotta is so easy and it has so many uses, Alison Lambert writes. As rhubarb is in season, she has served this alongside. And when the juicy summer fruits arrive, they will partner beautifully with the cheese.

Ask a chef: Ironic Cafe's beetroot salad

Ask a chef: Ironic Cafe's beetroot salad

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

A collection of aromatics

A collection of aromatics

Aromatics is a sort of ''catch-all'' term to cover white grape varieties that don't see any oak in their making and in which the aromas are an integral part of the wine, writes wine columnist Mark Henderson.

Processed meat linked to cancer

Processed meat linked to cancer

Eating processed meats like hot dogs, sausages or bacon can lead to bowel cancer in humans and red meat is a likely cause of the disease, World Health Organisation (WHO) experts said.

A sticky situation in Wanaka

A sticky situation in Wanaka

Federal Diner at the top end of Helwick St in Wanaka is neatly tucked down the back of an alley. It seems hard to find but it's worth the effort.

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