Wine and Food Guide

Students push culinary envelope

Hot water is poured over dry ice at Technique restaurant.

In a culmination of three years of study, the first bachelor of culinary arts students at Otago Polytechnic put on a memorable dinner last week for friends and associates.

Ask a chef: Espresso Garden Cafe's pumpkin and chickpea salad

Ask a chef: Espresso Garden Cafe's 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.

Recipe: Pear tart

Recipe: Pear tart

I love to cook pears and I love pears included in my puddings. This tart is simple, rustic and divine. It will work beautifully throughout the year with all varieties of fruit.

Wine reviews: Pinot Noir

Wine reviews: Pinot Noir

Southern Wines, owned by the Moffit family, is based in Alexandra and produces some excellent value pinot noir under several different labels - Pick & Shovel, Rock n Pillar and Dry Gully.

Striking a balance

Striking a balance

Chef Michael van de Elzen, of The Food Truck fame, has changed tack in his latest cookbook, Fast: Good home cooking, he tells Charmian Smith.

Fabulous combination to please the palate

Fabulous combination to please the palate

This is one of those recipes you will return to time and time again.

Recipe: Blackened broccoli with gomasio

Recipe: Blackened broccoli with gomasio

Broccoli has been fantastic this winter: firm, crunchy and nutritious. This Japanese-inspired dressing adds a simple twist to make this magnificent vegetable even more desirable.

Ask a chef: Cinnamon Cafe's cinnamon buns

Ask a chef: Cinnamon Cafe's cinnamon buns

This recipe needs to be started the day before. 

Wine reviews: Chardonnay

Wine reviews: Chardonnay

Big buttery chardonnays are becoming rarer as many winemakers are choosing lighter styles, sometimes with a little nuttiness and texture.

Brewery launches 99-pack of beer

Brewery launches 99-pack of beer

Beer packaging has just gotten a lot bigger in Texas, where a small brewery is launching a 99-pack of its "Peacemaker" ale.

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