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Don't call your cheese brie

AT THE FOREFRONT OF FROMAGE: New Zealand-born cheese expert Juliet Harbutt.

NZ makers shouldn't give their cheeses the European names of the styles they're based on, expert says.

Why Indian food is so delicious

INDIAN FOOD: Scientists have found variety really is the spice of life.

Scientists have discovered the molecular reason behind this cuisine's unique taste.

$1 coin found in Vegemite

SAFETY HAZARD: The woman later complained to the Ministry for Primary Industries about her $1 find.

Christchurch woman finds the yeasty spread is rich in more than just Vitamin B with mystery addition.

'Golden Mile' to promote food, wine

The Vines Village co-director Jeff Fulton sees a chance for keen cyclists to explore more of Rapaura and Renwick.

A new cycle trail on the outskirts of Blenheim will have wine lovers and foodies reaching for their lycra.

Wine labels flying under the radar

Easthope Family Winegrowers Pinot Noir Te Muna Road 2013 and Mangaorapa Estate Southern Hawke's Bay Pinot Gris 2011.

New Zealand is rich with wineries, but these little-known Kiwi tipples are well worth seeking out.

Recipe: crispy parmesan chicken

Crispy parmesan chicken

This flavour-packed dinner, with breaded chicken and red cabbage salad, is super speedy.

World Cup ground food prices: NZ vs Australia

TASTY: Hot dogs are cheaper at Wellington's Westpac Stadium than at Melbourne's MCG.

New Zealand is not only edging Australia at the bowling and batting - we appear to be winning the battle of the hot dogs as well.

All you need to know about tahini

DREAMY TAHINI: Tahini has a delicious nutty flavour.

Get the most out of this Middle Eastern sesame paste, which is excellent in sauces and dressings.

Vegetarian option: Mushroom pasta

HEARTY FARE: Pappardelle pasta with a mushroom sauce.

This comforting pasta dish, bursting with garlic and sage notes, will help you ease into the week.

You can't define terroir

A SENSE OF PLACE: Grape pickers harvest fruit at the Chateau Haut Brion vineyard in Pessac, near Bordeaux. Bordeaux winemakers define terroir not with romance, but with precision.

But you can taste it. When most wine lovers bandy the word about, we mean 'a sense of place'.

Marmalade gold

GOLDEN: Wairarapa couple Sally Duckworth and Alisdair Ross have just won two gold medals at the World Marmalade Awards in the UK with their grapefruit and kumquat marmalades.

Couple's marmalades win gold at The World’s Original Marmalade Awards and Festival.

$17k sundae shatters record video

RECORD SCOOPED: Cousins Manaia, Anahera and Reipai Falwasser celebrate after helping dish up record-breaking icecream.

Hundreds help to dish up a record-breaking 596-metre-long icecream - and get to tuck in afterwards.

Aus vs NZ: Who makes better beer?

Who brews a better beer?

Forget the World Cup - another classic trans-Tasman battle has been brewing.

When should staples be binned?

CAN GET STICKY: Though you won't become ill from eating old pasta, it should be eaten within the year.

From pasta to flour, here are nine pantry essentials and when you should get rid of them.

Food trends that need to stop

ENOUGH ALREADY: We have definitely reached peak kale.

Kale, "deconstructed" dishes, insect garnishes ... Here's the 10 things we want to see less of in 2015.

KFC launches edible coffee cup

THE SCOFF-EE CUP: KFC's biscuit and white chocolate creation is set to be trialled in the UK later this year.

Biscuit lined with white chocolate and laced with the smell of freshly cut grass ... Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas any more.

Recipe: banana & rum cake

This delicious banana and rum cake has nutty brown butter frosting,

Get the weekend off to a sweet start with this modern take on the classic cake.

Mark Richardson's guilty pleasures

SWEET TOOTH: Mark Richardson loves lollies.

The former NZ cricketer tells us his favourite gadget, his most embarrassing kitchen moment, and the weirdest thing he's eaten.

The perfect weekend brunch

Brighten up your weekend with blueberry fritters for brunch

Get your Saturday off to a tasty start with these blueberry fritters and honeyed sour cream.

When not to eat food off the floor

FIVE SECOND RULE: Foods high in sugar and salt are safer to eat after being dropped on the floor.

The five second rule may not be a complete myth, but here’s four times you definitely shouldn't eat that dropped bit of toast.

Raise a glass to craft beer

PASSION: Richard Emerson has invested in the brewery which bears his name.

Art and science is an intoxicating mix for brewery boss Richard Emerson.

Seresin finds the life in the land

LAND LIFE: Seresin Estate Manager Colin Ross sits in the organic vineyard where wild carrots grow under vines.

Marlborough wine company Seresin Estate has hit a milestone - 20 years of organics. Wine reporter Chloe Winter catches up with manager Colin Ross to see how far they have come.

This is a beer lover's dream

CHEERS: Live music, great beer and a top location – what's not to like?

Marchfest, at Founders Heritage Park in Nelson, showcases quirky new brews in a great setting.

From cronuts to quesadillas

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Dominique Ansel's Secret Recipes from the World Famous New York Bakery and My Abuelo's Mexican Feast by Daniella Germain.

Want tips from a New York baking trendsetter and feel-good Mexican family recipes? Then check out these cookbooks.

Exiled vodka magnate tries NZ wine

BIG AND BOLD: Super-yacht Serene, owned by exiled vodka magnate Yuri Shefler, cruised into the Bay of Many Coves last Wednesday.

Super-yacht owning Russian billionaire spends a day sipping wine at Cloudy Bay.

Kiwis seeking sugary cider kick

KNOW YOUR APPLES: Motueka traditional cider maker Caroline Peckham pours a glass of Peckham's Home Block Cider made with apples from the orchard behind her.

Sweet drinks drive a surge in Kiwi cider consumption, but our tastes are expected to mature.

Going loco for Mexican food

Food trucks have embraced Mexican because it is hand-held, quick to prepare and easy on the wallet.

Mexican food is taking off, but what makes it so appealing at the moment?

The half-hour hero: beef tacos

Get dinner on the table in half an hour with this delicious beef taco recipe

Get dinner on the table in just 30 minutes with this delicious beef taco recipe, plus avocado and salsa verde.

Fuel for the school day

LUNCH TIME: Kids need energy to get them through the school day.

A nutritionist and mum tells us what parents should think about when packing a school lunch.

Expert bakers share their secrets video

Knock the base of a sourdough loaf with your knuckles to test if it's baked.

Twelve tips and tricks for the best breads and pastries you've ever made.

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