Wine and Food Guide

Summer's salad days

Seared tuna with chickpeas, iceberg lettuce, hummus and harissa.

Here in sunny North Otago, summer is definitely upon us if the browning of the hills are anything to go by.

Taking the plunge

Taking the plunge

Ask Mario Fernandez Alduenda what makes a good coffee and you'll get a fascinatingly informative reply that is perhaps not what you were expecting. Charmian Smith talks to the Mexican coffee expert who's living in Dunedin.

Emerson's wins national awards

Emerson's wins national awards

Southern breweries are fizzing after again gaining several awards in the 2014 Brewers' Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards.

Pumpkin, chickpea and potato soup

Pumpkin, chickpea and potato soup

This thick, hearty soup combines so many flavours and textures I love. It could be served as a vegetarian stew.

Ask a chef: The Food Department's herb, spinach and cheese muffins

Ask a chef: The Food Department's herb, spinach and cheese muffins

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

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

If you thought chips, aka frites or French fries, were simply deep-fried chopped potatoes, Anne de la Forest's Frites (Jacqui Small) will introduce you to the intricacies of this old favourite.

WINE REVIEWS: Riesling

WINE REVIEWS: Riesling

Black Ridge near Alexandra, is undergoing a renaissance with new owners Joss Purbrick and Belinda Green. One of the oldest vineyards in Central, it is known for its old-vine riesling and gewurztraminer as well as its pinot noir. Watch out for a new look and new developments as future vintages of wine come on stream.

Living Wilde and free

Living Wilde and free

Anna and Roger Wilde are champions of healthy living.  he Nelson couple share their passion for life in their community and via a website called Wild Health, where they offer education about healthy eating and living through recipes and nutritional information. With a growing demand for recipes for those with special dietary needs, the Wildes have recently released Real Fresh Gluten-free Food. Colleen Thorpe talks to them about how to start on the road to a healthy, happy life.

Our daily bread and all its delicious varieties

Our daily bread and all its delicious varieties

Dean Brettschneider, who styles himself the Global Baker, has yet another book out, this time simply called Bread (Penguin).

On the menu

On the menu

Anathoth has a couple of new products out, a hot chilli relish and a tropical jam, which is a blend of mango, pineapple, guava and passionfruit.

Syndicate content