Photographing food like a pro

PERFECT PROPS: Raw ingredients around the finished product will appeal to cooks.

Because every good cook knows the mark of a great meal is how it looks cropped and filtered on your Instagram feed . . .

Weird: Pardoning turkeys

Eating out while on holiday

Recipe: Pumpkin coconut curry

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This simple coconut dish is the perfect base for any meat or seasonal vege curry.

Weird: Pardoning turkeys

FREE? Does the pardoned turkey get to live out a long life on the farm post-pardoning? Well, not really ...

It has to be one of America's oddest food traditions: the strange life of a pardoned bird.

Cafe of the Year contest heats up

Cafe Credit: Scott Barrett at his Elements Cafe, one of three Wellington establishments in the running of Cafe of the Year. He is up against Sweet Vanilla Kitchen in Lower Hutt and Karori Park Cafe.

Loyal customers are watching with interest as their favourite eateries go head to head.

Stop giving my kids junk food

TOO MUCH?: Kids today are getting about 500 calories daily from snacking.

Could we please agree to stop turning most kids' events into free-for-all sugar sprees?

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recipes

Hot and spicy

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Mexican cuisine has found favour Down Under.

A perfect spring lunch

This smart chicken salad has a great texture and makes an ideal lunch with its mix of quinoa, farro, rice and greens.

Recipe: Figgy cake

Cheesy peasy balls of flavour

readers' recipes

Cauliflower-base pizza stuff nation

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If you love the idea of pizza but don't fancy a doughy bread base, this recipe could be your answer.

Dessert even Fools can make stuff nation

This dish - originally called a Fool - dates back to the 16th century, but it still looks and tastes delish.

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Sweet, sweet gluten-free stuff nation

Just because something is gluten free doesn't mean it can't taste sensational. Wendy Hay shows us how.

drinks

Cold-brewed coffee ready video

The team at Ozone Coffee Roasters have created a new Cold Brew coffee, just in time for Summer.

An innovative cold-brewed coffee drink is hitting New Plymouth streets in time for summer.

Bay wine named NZ's best

A Hawke's Bay chardonnay has an appreciative audience among the Air New Zealand Wine Award judges.

Craft beer

Nelson defeated in beer taste-off

The capital has topped the top of the south to take out the first ever Craft Beer Taste-Off.

food news

How to photograph food like a pro

PERFECT PROPS: Raw ingredients around the finished product will appeal to cooks.

Because every good cook knows the mark of a great meal is how it looks cropped and filtered on your Instagram feed . . .

The perfect starter

Flutes and finger food make the perfect pair, says Waikato born cook Gillian Flower.

Cafe Credit: Scott Barrett at his Elements Cafe, one of three Wellington establishments in the running of Cafe of the Year. He is up against Sweet Vanilla Kitchen in Lower Hutt and Karori Park Cafe.

Cafe of the Year contest starts to heat up

Loyal customers are watching with interest as their favourite eateries go head to head.