Charmian Smith

Bringing order to Creation

Bringing order to Creation

Haydn wanted to write a work that would give him permanent fame so he created The Creation. Charmian Smith talks to conductor Nicholas McGegan about the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's concert of this oratorio featuring former Dunedin soloist Jonathan Lemalu and City Choir Dunedin.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

A perfectly roasted chicken is a satisfying centrepiece to a meal, but usually there's more meat left over for other dishes, and a carcass for stock.

Wine reviews: Pinot Noir

Wine reviews: Pinot Noir

There are more brands of pinot noir than any other variety, and each offers something different, in style, in reputation and prestige, in availability, and most importantly, in flavour and value.

A climate of unease

A climate of unease

Lungs is a little play with big ideas, director Stephanie McKellar-Smith tells Charmian Smith.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

If you thought chips, aka frites or French fries, were simply deep-fried chopped potatoes, Anne de la Forest's Frites (Jacqui Small) will introduce you to the intricacies of this old favourite.

WINE REVIEWS: Riesling

WINE REVIEWS: Riesling

Black Ridge near Alexandra, is undergoing a renaissance with new owners Joss Purbrick and Belinda Green. One of the oldest vineyards in Central, it is known for its old-vine riesling and gewurztraminer as well as its pinot noir. Watch out for a new look and new developments as future vintages of wine come on stream.

Connecting with the cosmos

Connecting with the cosmos

Inspired by the night sky, by Bauhaus concepts, by deep space and many other things, Dunedin-based choreographer Daniel Belton has created Satellites for the Royal New Zealand Ballet's season of ''Allegro''. Charmian Smith reports.

Our daily bread and all its delicious varieties

Our daily bread and all its delicious varieties

Dean Brettschneider, who styles himself the Global Baker, has yet another book out, this time simply called Bread (Penguin).

Cookbook: Slow Food Fast

Cookbook: Slow Food Fast

Simon and Alison Holst's latest little Everyday Easy book is Slow Food Fast (Hyndman Publishing).

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

To get the best out of pinot noir, especially high-acid ones, serve them at room temperature. Coax the aromas out by warming the glass in your hands and they can turn from lean and edgy to spicy and lively.