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.

WINE REVIEWS: Viognier

WINE REVIEWS: Viognier

Viognier produces full bodied, soft, lush wines and, like chardonnay, can be barrel fermented or oak aged. It does particularly well in Hawkes Bay.

Indian restaurant dishes adapted for the Kiwi home cook

Indian restaurant dishes adapted for the Kiwi home cook

When Sukhi and Joanna Gill opened the first Little India restaurant in Dunedin 23 years ago, they developed Sukhi's mother Premjit's recipes for their menu.

WINE REVIEWS: Sparkling wine

WINE REVIEWS: Sparkling wine

Sparkling wine comes in many styles, from easy drinking, to lean and elegant, and even fully flavoured with nutty, yeasty, biscuity characters.

Ask a Chef: The Coffee Post's berry and coconut cake

Ask a Chef: The Coffee Post's berry and coconut cake

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

In Season: Leek and bread pudding

In Season: Leek and bread pudding

I have been waiting patiently for leeks to come back in season and this recipe adapted from Thomas Keller makes the wait worthwhile. It just makes sense to use leeks in this manner, and it's a great way to use up old bread.

Pudding the day to rights

Pudding the day to rights

At some point each winter we are faced with one of those days when the weather turns irrevocably nasty.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

Any foodie going to Italy will want to take the 2014 edition of Fred Plotkin's Italy for the Gourmet Traveler (New Holland), preferably the electronic version that is in the pipeline, as the hard copy is hefty.

Ordinary vegetables, great result

Ordinary vegetables, great result

Creamy, velvet smooth and luscious, this is a very special soup.

Take it as read, these little pies are always good

Take it as read, these little pies are always good

These little pies can be enjoyed any time of the day. I served them warm with some vanilla ice cream and they went down a treat.

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