Wine and Food Guide

Vegan fare for tasty Christmas

It might be a bit daunting to have to come up with interesting vegan Christmas fare but with several vegans in my own extended family, I've had plenty of years to practise.

Ask a chef: Gibbston Valley Cafe's pear cake

Ask a chef: Gibbston Valley Cafe's pear cake

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

Recipe: Spring onion fritters

Recipe: Spring onion fritters

Spring onion fritters Serves 4

Wine Reviews: Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Reviews: Sauvignon Blanc

Classic Marlborough sauvignon blanc, assertive and overflowing with vibrant aromas and flavours may be what New Zealand is known for, but toned-down styles with texture and complexity are sometimes more interesting and often more food friendly.

Biodynamics bringing 'different energy' to C. Otago vineyard

Biodynamics bringing 'different energy' to C. Otago vineyard

When you see handsome hairy Highland cattle in the corner of a vineyard, they are likely to be part of a biodynamic system, providing manure for the compost, and later, other parts, such as horns, for the various preparations.

Sweetly citrus golden glaze

Sweetly citrus golden glaze

Light and lovely with lots of fresh, vibrant flavours, this chicken dish is succulent, special and simple to prepare.

Cookbooks

It's not expensive to eat healthy food as the Heart Foundation and Federation of Family Budgeting Services' new 40-page cookbook, Cheap Eats: Easy, tasty and economical family meals, shows.

Recipe: Spanish tortilla

Recipe: Spanish tortilla

You need only three ingredients - potato, onion and egg - to make this delicious Spanish tortilla (omelette).

Ask a chef: Two Chefs Bistro's panko crumbed sweetbreads

Ask a chef: Two Chefs Bistro's panko crumbed sweetbreads

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

Wine reviews: Pinot gris

Wine reviews: Pinot gris

When pinot gris has fruit, texture and good balance, it can be delicious, but if it's unbalanced by being overly sweet or high in alcohol, it's not so pleasant.

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