Here in sunny North Otago, summer is definitely upon us if the browning of the hills are anything to go by.
Slightly zany baking can be found in Sweet Envy
(Murdoch books), by Alistair Wise and Teena Kearney-Wise.
Many small to medium-sized family-owned vineyards make fine
wine and two I visited recently - Rippon in Central Otago and
Dog Point in Marlborough - were celebrating milestones.
Every Labour weekend for the past six years the Alexandra
basin winegrowers have held a new-release tasting in Clyde.
A gorgeously illustrated coffee-table book, Movida
Solera (Penguin) explores the food of Andalusia.
Cold pressed nut and seed oils from Uncle Joe's in
Marlborough can add a different flavour to summer salads and
There's a definite move towards more plant-based eating these
days as we become more aware of health and environmental
issues, as well as ethical considerations of farming animals.
Rockburn Wines winemaker Malcolm Rees-Francis has had his
fingers crossed for a ''No 1'' ranking for the past eight
years, since being named ''No 2'' in Cuisine magazine's
annual New Zealand pinot noir tastings in 2006.
When Tony Smith was growing up in Alexandra he grew to love
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