Purple is grape, green is best!

Come summer many Kiwis and visitors are sure to find their way to the cellar doors of New Zealand’s wineries. While there is a multitude to chose from, the Peter Yealand Estate in Marlborough...

Cured duck

If your goose isn’t cooked come Christmas, there is a cure. However, as good things take time (up to eight months in this case), it always pays to think ahead! Thanks Scarecrow head chef, Damian...

French tarragon chicken with crispy little potatoes and a citrus rocket salad

Roller coaster weather over the spring/summer of 2015/2016 proved a blessing for Hawkes Bay’s Sacred Hill winery which ultimately produced a soft-textured 2016 Reserve Chardonnay featuring citrus, and stonefuit flavours with an added touch...

Chocolate perfect partner

Prahran Market in Melbourne is one of editor HELEN PERRY’S ‘must visit’ places whenever she is in Melbourne and after a recent visit there she thought she would share the market’s in-house chocolatier Tad Lombardo’s favourite...

Blackcurrent and Manuka & Lemon Blissballs

Christmas bliss can continue year round thanks to this recipe from Crown Range Cellar. INGREDIENTS: • 1/2 c raw (natural) almonds • 1/2 c Medjool dates, pitted • 1/4 c shredded coconut or coconut chips • 3 tbsp New...

Spiced nashi Muffins

Makes 12 average size muffins INGREDIENTS • 1 cup self-raising flour • 1 cup rolled oats • 3/4 cup brown sugar • 2 tsp mixed spice • 2 tsp cinnamon • 1/2 tsp ground cloves • 1/2 tsp baking soda • 1/2 tsp...

Italian Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

This Italian Meatball recipe is easy to throw together for family and friends leaving you with added time to spend outdoors enjoying the warm sunshine as it begins to make its presence felt. A truly...

Ginger a winner

Nuts though the concept may be, this spice is rather nice (and good for us) despite its awkward looks. The root of the ginger plant (or Zingiber officinale) is from the same family as turmeric...

Panfried tarakihi with Maori (Taewa) purple potato, cauliflower, green peas and lemon butter sauce

There’s nothing quite like a fishy ‘tail’ presented on a relaxed summer’s evening to bring cheer to the family and this version from EastLife contributor AJAY ZALTE, executive chef at Waipuna Hotel and Conference...

Dining in Style

Every month it’s a case of ‘guess who’s coming to dinner?’ at Ryman’s Bruce McLaren Retirement Village in Howick. This glamorous ‘fine dining’ event is always in hot demand and well attended with residents relishing the...
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