Wine and Food Guide

Roast of the day

The Sunday roast has been a New Zealand family tradition for generations, although it has fallen from fashion over the past decade or two. However, Selaks roast day is coming up on Sunday, Charmian Smith reports.

WINE REVIEWS: Red wines

WINE REVIEWS: Red wines

Some Hawkes Bay reds, variations on traditional Bordeaux blends such as merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and sometimes cabernet franc and malbec, can be superb, and good Hawkes Baysyrah has a wonderful purity of fruit along with a pepperiness and silkiness. But sometimes Australians can be better value.

Grilled or barbecue haloumi cheese with roasted courgette, peppers and cherry tomatoes

Grilled or barbecue haloumi cheese with roasted courgette, peppers and cherry tomatoes

Daniel Pfyl, hospitality management lecturer at Otago Polytechnic, shares some professional techniques to make your cooking easier. This month, he shows us how to grill haloumi cheese, make a chimichurri sauce and roast some vegetables.

West needs to get over insect 'disgust factor'

West needs to get over insect 'disgust factor'

If someone suggested New Zealand farmers raised a new kind of high protein livestock which had a potential market of about two billion people worldwide, most would jump at the chance.

Silverbeet gratin

Silverbeet gratin

Silverbeet grows well in our climate and we are constantly looking for ways to use it. I love this decadent dish, which when served alongside any dinner casts a new light on a sometimes overlooked vegetable.

Ask a chef: Pitches Store's individual ginger loaves

Ask a chef: Pitches Store's individual ginger loaves

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

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

Sometimes cheaper pinot noir can be a tad acidic for pleasant drinking but serving it at about 18degC or eating something savoury with it can ameliorate the sharp, sometimes lean or unripe edge.

Plenty to discover about iron absorption

Plenty to discover about iron absorption

This week is the inaugural Iron Awareness Week. Charmian Smith investigates.

Student food blog:Lemonade date scones

Student food blog:Lemonade date scones

Hello strangers! I haven't forgotten about you. However, it seems I have gotten a little caught up in the "real world''.

Easy, tasty - a winner

Easy, tasty - a winner

I love this succulent, exotic salad. Anything that tastes so delicious, is so little trouble to make and can be prepared ahead of time has to be a winner.

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