A remarkable collaboration between artists Bill Culbert and Ralph Hotere produced some striking works of art. Charmian Smith talks to Culbert about an exhibition of their work at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
Flavours of home is a series of recipes from around the world cooked by people at home in Otago. This week, Courtney Campbell, from Mexico, shows us how to make Chilaquiles rojas de pollo.
Central Otago wine growers hosted their annual new-release tasting of 58 pinot noirs recently.
This attractive bunch of pinot gris includes simple ones with lovely fruit and others with lees character which give a suggestion of creamy nuts, texture, and the ability to develop with a year or so's bottle age. They are best served chilled.
Two works on Scottish themes feature in this month's Celtic Festival: a historical masque about the tragic heroine, Mary Queen of Scots, and a new interpretation of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth. Charmian Smith reports.
From Scotland 500 years ago to Dunedin 500 years hence, the Globe Theatre's upcoming production of Shakespeare's Macbeth will be different from many, director Dale Neill said.
Many of us live on tight budgets but few of those reading this will be at the extreme poverty level, having to subsist on the equivalent of $2.25 a day as 1.2 billion people in the world do.
Sitting round a table enjoying a meal and a bottle of wine with family and friends is what the annual Selaks New Zealand Roast Day is about. Charmian Smith talks to this year's chef, Nici Wickes.
Contradictory advice about what to eat or how to lose weight can be confusing. The Nutrition Foundation's inaugural Nutrition Week aims to clarify some of the myths, fads and fashions in eating. Charmian Smith reports.
I was surprised by the overt oak in these wines. It comes through as flavour (like chewinga pencil), or as part of the structure, (like a dusty grip on the finish). Oak can enhance a wine but unless you relish it, wines of this type are usually more delicious with a few years bottle age.
The trend for using grains is growing fast, judging by the number of recent cookbooks on grains, often referred to as ancient grains.
Gasworks are not usually associated with the arts, but as the Dunedin Gasworks Museum celebrates a 150th anniversary, many art activities are in the pipeline. Charmian Smith reports.
When Stephen De Pledge was a small child growing up in the Wairarapa, he played his little coloured xylophone all day, so his parents bought a piano, which led him to an international career as a pianist.
With warm weather coming early this year, it's time for rosés, one of the ideal lazy lunch or easy evening wines to go with fresh salads and other light food.
Guigal is a family wine producer in the Rhone Valley in France that has developed an enviable international reputation for its wines over several decades.
An all-Dunedin line up of singers, including two of Dunedin's favourite sopranos, Anna Leese and Emma Fraser, will be singing in the Southern Sinfonia's last subscription concert for the year on Saturday. Charmian Smith catches up.
A new commission by Wellington composer Gareth Farr features in a concert by the Goldner Quartet in Dunedin on Tuesday.
Pinot noir can vary from fruit bombs to dense, extracted wines with almost too muchflavour, from complex, textural, savoury ones, to fresh, charming ones that dance on the tongue.
I've been enjoying using samples of Laughing Frog's oils flavoured with rosemary, lemon and garlic.
Music written 400 years ago still has the power to move us today, according to John Griffiths. He talks to Charmian Smith.