Buyer's Guide New Zealand Wines 2015: 'Growing sense of optimism'

Buyer's Guide New Zealand Wines 2015: 'Growing sense of optimism'

Essential for wine lovers, Michael Cooper's annual Buyer's Guide New Zealand Wines 2015 (Upstart Press), now in its 23rd edition, is more upbeat than in recent years.

Summer salad

Summer salad

Summer is here and so are fresh juicy salads. Adding fruit and a good dressing will liven up any dinner party.

Ask a chef: Otago University's Staff Club Perky Nana slice

Ask a chef: Otago University's Staff Club Perky Nana slice

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

BBQ Reds

BBQ Reds

A simple, fruity red with lots of flavour is ideal for barbecues. Try some of these.

Tempting little devils

Tempting little devils

Although we were penniless students in the late 1950s, some of the more sophisticated student parties we attended served both ''angels on horseback'' and ''devils on horseback'' for supper.

One-dish wonders

One-dish wonders

Busy cooks often make a one-dish meal that only needs a simple accompaniment such as bread or pasta or a salad.

Ask a chef: Dispensary Cafe's gluten-free peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies

Ask a chef: Dispensary Cafe's gluten-free peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies

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

Among the vines of Nelson

Among the vines of Nelson

When Tranja Fry of Fossil Ridge Wines in Nelson produced some of her own freshly roasted macadamia nuts and a flowering stalk from one of the trees behind the vineyard restaurant, it struck me that Tasman Bay has a remarkably mild climate for the South Island.

Strawberries and cream muffins

Strawberries and cream muffins

Strawberries and cream muffins Makes 12 large or 15 medium muffins

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