Wine and Food Guide

Vegan fare for tasty Christmas

It might be a bit daunting to have to come up with interesting vegan Christmas fare but with several vegans in my own extended family, I've had plenty of years to practise.

Nice as rice

Nice as rice

Either raw cauliflower or parsnip can be used in this recipe; when pulsed in a food processor, both transform to a rice-like consistency.

Serve in place of rice or couscous, it's a clever way of adding another helping of vegetables to your day.

Utterly scrumptious

Utterly scrumptious

One of the amazing things about eating a more plant-based diet is the way in which ingredients such as nuts, seeds and dried fruit can be transformed into sweet treats when prepared in unusual ways.

Coffee time: every method has its flavour

Coffee time: every method has its flavour

There are many ways to make coffee. Espresso is the most popular these days, but there are other methods that coffee aficionados love to explore.

Surprise advice widened vineyard's horizons

Surprise advice widened vineyard's horizons

Is this the secret source of Central Otago pinot noir?

Ask a chef: The Esplanade's eggplant parmigiano

Ask a chef: The Esplanade's eggplant parmigiano

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

Sauteed spring greens with white beans and garlic

Sauteed spring greens with white beans and garlic

Fresh spring greens, with their peppery, crisp taste, go so well with creamy white beans and a pinch of chilli. This is great served simply as an appetiser or alongside a grilled pork chop or juicy fillet of fish.

WINE REVIEW: Merlot

WINE REVIEW: Merlot

Merlot and blends from Hawkes Bay can be raw and assertive when young. They need time to mellow and integrate in the bottle but if you are impatient, glugging them from the bottle into a jug and back again will help aerate and soften them a bit.

In food heaven in Vietnam

In food heaven in Vietnam

Sometimes you just need to make things happen. Earlier in the year, Monique and I found ourselves on the couch watching Luke Nguyen travel around Vietnam, his country of birth.

Central Otago growers produce fine wines despite weather

Central Otago growers produce fine wines despite weather

Central Otago winegrowers held their new release pinot noir tasting recently with six wine writers gathering in Cromwell to taste more than 80 pinot noirs that have just been, or will soon be, released.

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