Wine and Food Guide

Happier and healthier you

Beef and chickpea casserole.

New Year resolutions to live a healthier, happier life can easily fade but Claire Turnbull has some good advice to help you stay on track. Charmian Smith reports.

Easier now at Mt Difficulty

Easier now at Mt Difficulty

Mt Difficulty is one of the best known wine producers in Central Otago, attracting many visitors to its superbly sited tasting room and cafe in Bannockburn.

A toast to bruschetta

A toast to bruschetta

The possibilities are endless when you put it on toast.

Pan-seared Southland hare (served rare)

Pan-seared Southland hare (served rare)

This is a simple dish with complex flavours, and a variety of textures, worth the time to make, writes Jason Moss, of Waitiri Creek Wines. If you are not interested in hare, replace it with another meat such as venison, beef or lamb.

NZ apples slammed as flavourless

NZ apples slammed as flavourless

Kiwi apples have been slated by an acclaimed British-based chef as flavourless and full of sugar.

Fromage blanc, rhubarb compote and granola

Fromage blanc, rhubarb compote and granola

Daniel Pfyl, hospitality management lecturer at Otago Polytechnic, shares some professional techniques to make your cooking easier. This month Chef Pfyl shows us how to make fromage blanc, rhubarb compote and granola, which can be used separately or made into a fresh, healthy dessert.

A tasty pie, be it ever so humble

A tasty pie, be it ever so humble

This pastry is perfect as a dairy-free option. I have added bacon to give a bit more flavour but it's totally up to you.

Ask a chef: The Roost Cafe's spanakopita

Ask a chef: The Roost Cafe's spanakopita

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

Wine reviews: Rosé

Wine reviews: Rosé

With warmer weather and longer evenings rosé comes into its own. It's lovely with light fresh food and the drier ones can be surprisingly versatile.

Best snarler found

Best snarler found

The best snarler to throw on the barbie this summer is a gourmet beef and blue cheese variety, made by the Allenton Meat Centre.

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