Wine and Food Guide

Enjoy the fruits of your labours

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As this long hot summer rolls on, so too does the amazing fruit on offer. Roadside stalls groan with ripe peaches, apricots and nectarines.

Matters of taste put to the test

Matters of taste put to the test

Wine awards may may be a dime a dozen in New Zealand but do they make a difference? Charmian Smith looks at how they are judged.

Butter's healthy comeback?

Butter's healthy comeback?

Kiwi tastebuds are turning back to our old love of butter, prompting new warnings about heart attacks and fuelling an academic row said to have "nearly come to blows".

Christmas treats

Christmas treats

I'm sure Willy Wonka would agree: it's hard to believe that anything which tastes this good is entirely plant-based.

Christmas Stollen

Christmas Stollen

Daniel Pfyl, hospitality management lecturer at Otago Polytechnic, shares some professional techniques to make your cooking easier. This month he shows us how to make a German Christmas stollen with marzipan.

Students push culinary envelope

Students push culinary envelope

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.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

Slightly zany baking can be found in Sweet Envy (Murdoch books), by Alistair Wise and Teena Kearney-Wise.

Spiced chickpea and spring leaf soup

Spiced chickpea and spring leaf soup

This soup evokes memories of travels combined with offerings from the garden. I love soups like this as they are not only healthy but they seem to lift your spirits.

Ask a chef: Coffee Post's cinnamon scrolls

Ask a chef: Coffee Post's cinnamon scrolls

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

Pinot gris is better than it used to be, thank goodness. In the past year or so I've noticed many have interesting textures and are better balanced than they once were.

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