Charmian Smith

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.

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

I often think some top end pinot noirs are released too young. The best need time to mature. Cellar some of these for another two-five years to develop their full potential.

WINE REVIEW: Chardonnay

WINE REVIEW: Chardonnay

Some very stylish, complex chardonnay is made in New Zealand, often with indigenous yeast and barrel fermentation. These are wines to savour and linger over.