When Sukhi and Joanna Gill opened the first Little India restaurant in Dunedin 23 years ago, they developed Sukhi's mother Premjit's recipes for their menu.
Sparkling wine comes in many styles, from easy drinking, to lean and elegant, and even fully flavoured with nutty, yeasty, biscuity characters.
Although unburdened by talent and tone-deaf, Florence Foster Jenkins had a singing career in New York, culminating in a concert at Carnegie Hall. Her tragically comic story is told in Souvenir at the Fortune Theatre. Charmian Smith reports
As the new vintage wines are being made, last year's sauvignons tend to be drinking at their peak. Here are some I tasted recently. It's certainly not true that all sauvignon needs to be quaffed within 12 months.
Any foodie going to Italy will want to take the 2014 edition of Fred Plotkin's Italy for the Gourmet Traveler (New Holland), preferably the electronic version that is in the pipeline, as the hard copy is hefty.
Painting is a necessary part of Nigel Brown's existence. He feels bereft if he doesn't paint for a while, he tells Charmian Smith.
Deborah Manning saw plenty of food going to waste from businesses, and people going hungry; she saw dumpster divers fishing good food out of skips behind supermarkets, which supermarkets didn't like, and food discarded from businesses going to landfill, with detrimental environmental effects.
We shouldn't judge a pinot noir by its colour. Often we associate darker red wines with more flavour but that's not always the case with pinot. A lighter coloured pinot noir can still have concentration and length.
Prolific and popular author Alexander McCall Smith will be speaking at the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival next week. Charmian Smith talks to the professor of law turned best-selling author.
There are a few brands of wine that regularly offer great value. Main Divide wines, with their ripe fruit, complexity and texture, from the award-winning Pegasus Bay winery in Wairarapa north of Christchurch, is one of them.
Here in the South we tend to focus on Central Otago pinot noir, but a recent visit to Martinborough reminded Charmian Smith that it, too, is a specialised pinot noir region with its own character.
An exciting world of dance and choreography is opening up for Loughlan Prior, a dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. In Dunedin recently for iD Fashion, he talked to Charmian Smith about the upcoming production of Coppelia.
Marja Van Loon says her life changed when she attended a cheesemaking course five years ago, and shortly afterwards got her first calf, Daisy, from a fellow student.
There are some delicious chardonnays in this batch, mouth-filling with well-balanced oak, creamy malolactic characters, nuttiness from lees contact, and lovely crisp finishes, but as always, it's the overall balance that brings it into harmony.
This week is the inaugural Iron Awareness Week. Charmian Smith investigates.
Scones are popular in cafes these days, although few people whip up batches at home as our grandmothers used to. Charmian Smith and friends make some scones.
Aiming to encourage families to cook and eat together, Jas McPhee has attracted more than 66,000 followers to her Facebook page. Now she has written a cookbook. Charmian Smith reports.
St Kilda, the romantic, now uninhabited Scottish island, has several namesakes, including in Dunedin. Charmian Smith talks to Deirdre Nelson, who is working on a project connecting them.
An Irish couple who love food have bought and renovated the old villa at 95 Filleul St, home to numerous restaurants over the past 30-odd years.
Some Hawkes Bay reds, variations on traditional Bordeaux blends such as merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and sometimes cabernet franc and malbec, can be superb, and good Hawkes Baysyrah has a wonderful purity of fruit along with a pepperiness and silkiness. But sometimes Australians can be better value.