Swede, thyme and almond soup

Swede, thyme and almond soup

Swedes are readily available and very economical. This soup surprises even the most unimpressed swede consumers. The swede becomes creamy and silky, and the thyme and almonds bring it all together.

Ask a chef: Nichol's Garden Cafe's carrot cake

Ask a chef: Nichol's Garden Cafe's carrot cake

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

WINE REVIEWS: Merlot

WINE REVIEWS: Merlot

Even in good vintages like 2013 in Hawkes Bay, most merlots and blends benefit from extra bottle age to allow the sometimes rough edges of youth to mellow. When the premium 2013 reds are released, expect some fine wines.

Roast of the day

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.

Spanish immigrant seems to be making itself at home

Albariño may be a Spanish grape but judging by some of the wines made from it in New Zealand it is quite at home here.

On the menu: Quince cheese biscuits

On the menu: Quince cheese biscuits

Anathoth has a couple of new flavours in its range of preserves, a quince conserve - useful if you haven't got round to making your own (there's still time as they are still at the market) - and an old-fashioned chow-chow, full of vegetables such as cauliflower, onions, broccoli, beans, corn and red pepper.

Ask a chef: Potpourri's birdseed bar

Ask a chef: Potpourri's birdseed bar

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

WINE REVIEWS: Sauvignon Blanc

WINE REVIEWS: Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon blanc can bring a fresh breath of summer into the dark and cold of winter, but the richer, oaked versions, sometimes called fumé (smoky) blanc, have more complexity and interest and can be worth lingering over.

Pear flan with hazelnuts and dates

Pear flan with hazelnuts and dates

This dessert is certainly worth becoming familiar with as it never disappoints and with the winter combination of juicy pears, crunchy hazelnuts and sweet dates it ticks all the boxes for a winning dessert!

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