Good Taste

Super foods

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Many diets are, unfortunately, often trendy "flavour of the month" fads that offer few or no discernible benefits.

Judging takes concentration - and sense of humour

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OPINION: Behind the grand old buildings of Thornbridge Hall, near Bakewell in Derbyshire, England, a small 10-barrel brewery has been shoehorned into an old stonemason's shop.

Breweries compete

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OPINION: Today I am heading to Christchurch to join a panel of two dozen judges for this year's Brewers Guild of New Zealand Craftology International Beer Awards.

Kaikoura Kai

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A recent trip from Blenheim to Kaikoura proved to be a foodie's delight.

Basic facts on beer types

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OPINION: Have you seen the Made to Match advertisements that have been running on television for the last few weeks?

One potato, two potatoes

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The various potato varieties have large differences in texture, flavour and shape, but whether big or small, waxy or floury potatoes are healthy, delicious and definitely not fattening.

Fabulous fruity puddings

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I've just read a blog about a special Bombe Alaska served at the Park Avenue Winter restaurant in New York. (The restaurant changes its end name according to the season.)

Craft-brew veteran

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OPINION: It's hard to imagine, but there was a time when Richard Emerson used to make beer and then deliver it in his Mini.

Special brew has a secret

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OPINION: Over the course of the year I get to sample hundreds of beers, but I hardly ever have the chance to brew one.

Get the most from a roast

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The great thing about our winter - despite the appalling weather - is that it is the perfect time to enjoy long lunches in front of the fire with family and friends. And what better way to celebrate than with a roast.

Beer is the big cheese

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OPINION: Soft, hard, mild, strong, smooth, sticky, sweet, tart or stinky - these days the stylistic diversity and quality of the best craft-produced New Zealand cheeses can be compared with that of our wines.

Allure of creamy clams

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Clams can be used in many seafood dishes and, with added flavours and textures, make hearty and delicious meals.

Kids in the kitchen

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The school holidays loom. What can we do to entertain the clan?

Celebration of the ‘brewski'

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OPINION: With the shortest day behind us, it's now only six weeks until Choice Beer Week, New Zealand's annual festival of all things beery.

Crafting a solution

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OPINION: Last week I was invited to Brothers Brewery in Auckland to chair a meeting on an issue that's troubling some craft brewers.

Southern comfort

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If you were served the following dishes - Hush Puppies, Hoppin' John, an Eton Mess, and a Fat Rascal - what would you expect?

It ain't half hot

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When most of us think of Indian food, terms such as "curry", "hot" and "chilli" come to mind.

Oysters add flavoursome note to intense midwinter stout

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OPINION: With a qualification in wine science and 10 years' experience as a biochemist and physiologist, Dr Ralph Bungard always hoped some day he would get into winemaking or brewing.

When Melbourne beers a strong resemblance to Brussels

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OPINION: The last time I was on a tram was 12 years ago, in Brussels, during a whistlestop beer-hunting trip to Belgium. That was until a fortnight ago. During a six-day visit to Melbourne, I used the city's trams every day.

Flavours find favour

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Vietnamese mint. Also called hot mint or laksa leaf.

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