Charmian Smith

NZ sheltered from food crises but diets will change

NZ sheltered from food crises but diets will change

What will we be eating in 30 or 40 years? With an extra couple of billion more people on the planet, how will everyone be fed, Charmian Smith asks.

Food wastage astounding

Food wastage astounding

Waste not want not: we all know the old aphorism. And it may never have been more relevant, as waste becomes a major global issue. Charmian Smith talks to Dr Miranda Mirosa about the scale of the problem.

Food for thought: What's natural?

Food for thought: What's natural?

Charmian Smith investigates what is in the food we routinely pull from the supermarket shelf or buy ready made to eat.  

Food for thought: Processed food star ratings

Food for thought: Processed food star ratings

Charmian Smith investigates what is in the food we routinely pull from the supermarket shelf or buy ready made to eat. 

Flower power in the figgery

Flower power in the figgery

Given our love of Mediterranean cuisines it's surprising we haven't embraced fresh figs as readily as we've taken wine, olives and olive oil into our kitchens. Charmian Smith talks to Murray Douglas, who grows and processes fresh figs in Hawkes Bay. 

Seasonal surprises

Seasonal surprises

After retiring from the ODT early last year, Charmian Smith took a gap year to explore the North Island, discovering the history and scenery, and the local produce.

Guided by the past

Guided by the past

For thousands of years Pacific peoples navigated double-hulled voyaging canoes over the ocean. Those skills and that knowledge has been rediscovered and are alive and well in Hawkes Bay, Charmian Smith discovers.

Video: How to make pineapple curry

Video: How to make pineapple curry

Lee Vandervis shows how to make a pineapple curry.

From garden to table

From garden to table

Food and books have always been part of Stephanie Alexander's life. Charmian Smith talks to the acclaimed Australian restaurateur, author and educator who will speak at the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival next month.

Wine reviews: Aromatic wines

Wine reviews: Aromatic wines

These aromatic wines ooze generous fruit, but some have such high alcohol they leave you with a burn in the mouth. However, the best, as always, are well balanced.