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Recipe: Braised pork shoulder

Pork shoulder

Cook the perfect pulled pork this festive season. It's easily prepared in advance and, served with roast potatoes and salad, stretches to cater for unexpected guests.

Around the Bays

Banks pen Banks Peninsula is the ultimate summer playground, with its secluded bays, rolling farmland and starry skies. Explore for a day or, better still, check out these interesting places to stay.

One for the road

Caravan "A fun family project" is how Mark and Nicola Wilson describe doing up their 14-foot 1972 Oxford caravan. The end result is enough to tempt anyone on a camping holiday.

At home in the city

Inner-city living What is being done to lure residents back to live within Christchurch's four Avenues?

Waimate. Why not?

Waimate Wonderful Waimate, where the sheep and wallabies roam, is just the place for a short city break.

Eat

Best city brunch spots

Mrs Hucks To start the day the right way, Avenues searched the city for some brunch favourites.

Restaurant review: Spice Paragon

Spice Paragon has branched out from its popular Bush Inn base to extend owners Bundit and Bo's upmarket Asian cuisine empire to the city centre.

Top five takeaways

Review: Chinwag Eathai

Review: White House Black

This Halswell restaurant is set well back from a busy arterial road, in a two-storey, 1880s homestead with an impressive fit-out.

Bar review: Dragons Den Social Lounge

Dragons Den The waitress's good instincts make up for a menu shortage at this contemporary Colombo St bar.

Review: Strange & Co

Strange's Lane is buzzing with people, ranging from bespectacled hipsters with sardonic facial hair to after-work drinkers in sober suits and tiny women in tinier skirts.

Review: The Institution

How important is good service?

Review: Sugarhorse Bar and Eatery

Courtyard drinking and dining might be accompanied by views of the latest furniture deals, but its the platter you'll remember at this horsey-themed Moorhouse Ave bar.

Recipe: Rosemary panna cotta

panna cotta With the berry season upon us, pair this traditional Italian dessert with a mixed berry compote.

A statement spring dish

Town Tonic chef Mark Collings whips up pan-fried salmon, buttermilk-dill dressing and a spring vegetable salad.

Barbecue lamb loin, yoghurt, tabbouleh and chimichurri

Broken lemon tart

Recipe: The ultimate steak dish

Take the best-quality steak you can find and pair it with a French-inspired potato gratin, asparagus and red wine sauce.

Beauty: Special extras

Makeup Apply a base coat and then enhance your features with a myriad of colours.

Gift ideas

Fine-tune your senses this season to find a fragrance that strikes the perfect chord.

Handy to have

Men's accessories

Healthy beauty habits

Keeping skin in top condition is a fulltime job. Are these natural beauty products up to the challenge?

Down by the bay

House Sweeping views of Lyttelton Harbour set the scene for a family home in Governors Bay.

Here's the ultimate man cave

Shaun Maloney has built an old English pub complete with a 'snug' for the ladies, in his backyard in North Canterbury.

Sumner, and the living is easy

Dyers House in Cashmere

House: The place to be

Two brothers have converted a Beckenham house into a stylish pad for laidback living and entertaining.

Travel: An overnight stay in Kaikoura

Kaikoura While whale watching and swimming with dolphins are high on the to-do list for many visitors to Kaikoura, there's also dry land to explore.

Christchurch's top walks

The Port Hills offer a bird's eye view across the expansive Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps.

Mackenzie mini-break

Call of the mountains

Travel: Exploring Peel Forest

You know you are leaving the city far behind by the driving instructions from the host: "Past a timber mill, up a shingle road, through a ford, past a hay shed on the left and over a bridge".

'Tis the party season

Theme Productions What's it like to be a professional party planner? Chris Stead knows. His job is to throw ultimate parties that people never forget.

The city debate

There's no shortage of opinion about how we really want Christchurch to look. What do the city's leading lights think?

Redcurrent celebrates 15 years

Home loan options

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Jess Simson's almond fruit crumble

This dessert can be reinvented over and over again.

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The best breakfasts in town

Avenues searches the city for the dishes worth waking up for.

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Beauty: Special extras

Apply a base coat and then enhance your features with a myriad of colours.

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