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Perfecting the summer salad

SIMPLE AND SEASONAL: Pomegranate, feta and nut salad.

Salads can be intimidating because of the number of choices. Here's how to make a great summer salad.

Glorious food at the waterfront

Sichuan Spice: Jing Jing Yang and Brad Howes offer "big bold flavours".

Wellington's waterfront will be dotted with trucks selling affordable food this summer, from Sichuan specialties to empanadas and sandwiches.

Single malt or a blend?

IS ONE TYPE BETTER? Whisky beguiles spirits connoisseurs with its diversity of tastes and experiences.

It's the subject of much snobbery and name-calling among whisky drinkers. But is one truly better than the other?

Cracking good curd

Two chickens are behind a product designed to give tourists "a taste of Hamilton Gardens".

Real wine ice-cream now exists

Pour me another scoop, stat.

Game-changing invention, sadly only available in the US, brings whole new meaning to the words "dessert wine".

What prisoners are eating this Christmas

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: An example of the meal that will be served to NZ's prisoners on December 25.

It's not exactly turducken and champagne, but those behind bars will be having a special festive meal this holiday.

Foods we will be eating in 2015

BIG NEXT YEAR: Matcha green tea powder is thought to offer extra health benefits.

A few years back it was chia, more recently kale and now it's time for kefir, matcha and quark.

This isn't what you think it is video

SWEET ACCOLADE: Sandy Tucker of Kaukapakapa was one of 31 cakemakers to be chosen to mark the release of the final Hobbit movie with a cake from a Peter Jackson film.

Ooh, is that an alien from District 9? Indeed. But it's crafted from choc and rice crispies.

Akld eateries pass hygiene tests

Dumplings

Almost 98% of Auckland eateries practise good food hygiene, the council has found.

Marine cuisine: Seafood from Spain

The table laid aboard Voodoo at Motouihi Island.

A selection of easy to prepare seafood recipes for a stunning dinner afloat.

10 quirky gifts for foodies gallery

CAKE BOSS PRESS CUTTER, DINOSAURS, SET OF 4, $19.99: Essential in any baker’s arsenal is cookie cutters and maybe a few cookie presses. These adorably cute dinosaur press cutters from Farmers are ideal to add some fun to making cookies. They will cut out the dinosaur and press the image on top as well. With a spring-loaded handle, even the littlest bakers can help out. Cute and functional!

We all know someone who loves to bake or cook up a storm. Here are 10 gifts to add to their kitchen arsenal.

McDonald's running out of fries

RUNNING OUT: The shortage means customers in Japan will be able to buy only small packs of fries.

There's no super-sizing here - McDonald's in Japan is starting to ration its french fries.

Pizza or brussels sprouts?

TASTE VS HEALTH: It's doesn't take long to figure out how good a pizza will taste.

If you lack self-control when it comes to food choices, you might want to slow down a bit.

Kiwi tequila captures local spirit

Terry Knight
has released
his TeKiwi
Blue Agave
tequila after
16 years
perfecting the
process .

Terry Knight can raise a toast to success after releasing a tequila he has painstakingly produced in Golden Bay.

Chef is quietly fermenting

Pickle perfect: Kelda Hains at Nikau Cafe shows of some of her pickled goods.

Nikau's head chef has discovered the secret of fermentation, which she shares with customers..

Trouble-shooting turkey tips

EVERYTHING'S BETTER WITH BACON: Cover the breast with strips of bacon.

Brining, basting, covering and, most importantly - gravy.

Cooking the perfect roast veges

The perfect roasties.

Master the festive classics with Fiona Smith's step-by-step tips... today, the art of the roast vegetable.

Cuisine's Christmas Toolbox: Prawn cocktail

Crayfish & prawn cocktail

Master the festive classics with Fiona Smith's step-by-step recipes. Today, the perfect starter in Cuisine magazine's Christmas menu.

Cuisine's Christmas Toolbox: Contemporary Christmas pudding

Cranberry, almond & orange Christmas pudding

Here, the classic Christmas pud gets a makeover.

Festive diners give back

SPARE CHANGE: Steve Logan of Logan Brown is among more than 25 restaurateurs and cafe owners getting behind DineAid, for those in need. Diners can have $2 added their bill or drop $2 in a coin box.

Diners are being asked to think about those less fortunate when they eat out this festive season.

Cuisine's Christmas Toolbox: Turkey stuffing recipes

Fennel & onions stuffing

Master the festive classics with Fiona Smith's step-by-step recipes...today, two tasty turkey stuffing ideas.

Cuisine's Christmas Toolbox: Roast turkey & gravy

Turkey with roasties & stuffing balls

Master the festive classics with Fiona Smith's step-by-step recipes... today, creating the perfect roast turkey and gravy.

The year I nailed Christmas

"Christmas is all about being organised and less is more," says Sydney chef Guillaume Brahimi.

Professionals and home cooks share tips and tales of the year when everything went right.

The best coffee in Hamilton

Dave Tourelle on the machine at Scotts Epicurean.

Coffee aficionado Aimie Cronin shares her top five places to drink coffee.

Five celeb diets to avoid

JURASSIC FAD: Chef Pete Evans is a fan of the paleo diet.

Be wary of celebrities and TV personalities peddling diets after the British Dietetic Association listed the Paleo and No Sugar diets as ones to avoid.

Avocado love leads to crime

RIPE PICKINGS: The fruit of Kate Hardcastle’s fiance’s secret tree.

Filched fruit: Glossy green orbs nicked from council land and stockpiled in a darkened room.

Hamilton's top five places to eat

Alpino restaurant, in the town's landmark old post office.

Foodie Denise Irvine picks her top five Waikato restaurants for 2014.

A plan most fowl

Honeeeeeey, I've got a surprise for you! (Bet she wasn't expecting that.)

We felt it was time to test the theory of the internet sensation called ‘‘Engagement Chicken’’.

New limits hit bars

DRINKER'S CHOICE: Aikmans, Merivale, has low alcohol beer on tap.

Canterbury pubs are losing out on after-work drinkers during their busy season because of caution over a lowered drink-driving limit.

Champers marks double celebration

Saint Clair winery owner Neal Ibbotson, of Marlborough, with his mother Dawn Ibbotson in Dunedin for her 100th birthday yesterday.

Neal Ibbotson says if his first ever champagne vintage is as bubbly as the family's fighting fit 100-year-old matriarch, it will be an award-winner.

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