Charmian Smith

Opposite roles in Irish romance

Opposite roles in Irish romance

Acting needs a completely different mindset from directing a play, says Lara Macgregor.

On the menu

Amanda Ewing began baking oatcakes 10 years ago for her husband, who missed them from his years growing up in Scotland.

Cool coffee

Cool coffee

Liqueurs, cocktails, cold brews; there are many unusual ways of drinking coffee. Charmian Smith talks to a Dunedin entrepreneur who is exploring interesting ways of using coffee.

Ken made meat ambassador

Ken made meat ambassador

Dunedin chef Ken O'Connell, owner of Bracken Restaurant in Filleul St, has been named a Beef and Lamb Ambassador for 2015.

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

There's such variety in pinot noir depending on where it comes from and how ripe the grapes are, how it is made and whether it is aged or not - the 6-year old wine in this tasting is drinking very well, but may not be to the taste of those who like big fruity numbers.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

Jessica Nadel's Greens 24/7: Quick easy and delicious recipes for eating leafy greens at every meal (Murdoch) offers lots of ideas and encouragement to help keep those healthy eating New Year resolutions.

Happier and healthier you

Happier and healthier you

New Year resolutions to live a healthier, happier life can easily fade but Claire Turnbull has some good advice to help you stay on track. Charmian Smith reports.

Art in all its facets

Art in all its facets

This year's Dunedin arts diary is filling up with a kaleidoscope of concerts, plays, exhibitions and other events. Charmian Smith reveals some of the delights in store for arts lovers.

WINE REVIEWS: Sauvignon Blanc

WINE REVIEWS: Sauvignon Blanc

A chilled sauvignon blanc is refreshing to sip over lunch or on a long summer evening. It's also good with salads and many other fresh summer dishes.

Mad about mjadra

Mad about mjadra

Flavours of home is a series of recipes from around the world cooked by people at home in Otago. This week, Sue Bidrose, of Dunedin, shows us how to make mjadra at addis (lentils, rice and caramelised onions).