Ruth Pretty recipe: fresh figs

TheĀ figĀ season is upon us, so make the most of this wonderful fruit.

Katy Perry says bye to Queenstown

Pop superstar Katy Perry is on her way to Auckland after being spotted boarding her private jet in Queenstown this afternoon.

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.

Wagyu sirloin steak with potato gratin, asparagus and red wine sauce

Wagyu steak

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

Rosemary panna cotta with berry compote

panna cotta

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

Broken lemon tart

Lemon tart

A traditional dessert with easy serving.

Pan-fried salmon, buttermilk-dill dressing and spring vegetable salad


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

Lemon caramel meringue cake

By anna

Lemon lovers will delight in this citrus overload.

Ginger and sticky date cake

ginger cake

Sugar Baby Cakery's decadent creation puts a modern twist on the classic fruit cake.

Recipe: Bee-sting cake


Opawa Bakery and Cafe's baker, Detlev Stukenbrok, uses a versatile sweet dough to make his signature bee-sting cake. He tops it with honey and almonds, and fills with vanilla custard.

Chocolate, stout and caramel tart

Chocolate tart

Invercargill's Pitch Black sweet stout is the secret ingredient of this chocolate and caramel tart made by Pomeroy's Old Brewery Inn's chef, Brad Kneale.

Eat like a Crusader

Corey Flynn's honey-glazed roast chicken

Honey-glazed chicken

Veteran hooker Corey Flynn likes to spend a Sunday night indulging in a honey-glazed roast chicken with the family. He shares his secret recipe.

Jess Simson's almond fruit crumble

almond fruit crumble

This dessert can be reinvented over and over again.

Anna Thompson's zucchini fritters


Start with a fritter base and add a long list of favourite ingredients. In this case, zucchinis and cheese enter the mix.

Recipe of the month: Roasted hazelnut meringues with white chocolate mousse

Gluten-free special

Just Desserts

For Just Desserts' chef Nic Peters, there is no better ingredient with which to cook than chocolate. Here he uses Belgian white chocolate to create a silky mouse to accompany hazelnut meringues.

Strawberry meringue cake


If you've got strawberries to spare, this cake is a must.

Warm lamb salad

lamb salad

Fresh, light and with just the right amount of spice.

Three cheeses and spring green stuffed mushrooms


Parmesan, halloumi and ricotta make this a must-try for cheese lovers.

Roast muscovado brined turkey


For chef Jacob Stanley, a summer Christmas in New Zealand means delicious seafood, with all the trimmings. 

Pea salad

Pea salad

Goat's cheese, toasted hazelnuts and a mint and shallot vinaigrette really spice up this pea salad.

Trifle, Trifle, Trifle


The sweet joys of layered trifle topped with whipped cream and fresh berries.

Crayfish salad


A light but filling fix of crayfish, capsicum and spinach.

Mid-morning feast


Stack these pancakes high.

Brunch o'clock


An Italian favourite is given a brunch twist.

Savoury scrambled eggs


With a few extra ingredients, scrambled eggs can be taken to new heights.

Limoncello meringue pie


Will Sands uses limoncello liquer to give his meringue pie extra zing.

Shrimp and avocado salad


Will Sands' shrimp salad is an adaptation of the dish his father served at his gastro pub in England.

Grand Marnier and orange parfait


Finish the evening with an citrus dessert.

Lamb rumps on lentils


Lou Bentley serves up lamb with accompaniments sourced from Banks Peninsula.

Smoke your own salmon


Make a colourful plate with salmon as the centrepiece.

Seared venison loin


There is no doubt your dinner guests will be impressed by this dish.

Seafood chowder


John Gerrad serves up his favourite chowder.

A family favourite tiramisu


Glyn Abbott's tiramisu is a family favourite.

A tasty zesty dessert

Lemon delicious

A favourite in his home, Ronnie Fisher shares a citrus dessert.

Guatemalan black bean soup

Add flavours from Guatemala to your next dinner.

Texas-style braised brisket


A tantilising dish of brisket with Texan flavours.

Mulled wine recipe

Mulled wine

Warm up your insides with a glass or two of mulled wine.

A tangy pear tarte tatin

Saffron poached pear tarte tatin with blue cheese

Tarte tatin

With a chilli kick, this tart is a rich entree.

Chicken involtini with mash

Chicken involtini

Something satisyfing for a winter's night.

Mulled Pimm's

Something to warm the cockles


The perfect drink to enjoy by an open fire.

Rhubarb clafoutis

You'll master this first time around


Rhubarb and ground almond combine to make this tasty number.

Feijoa frangipane tart

A delightful dessert making use of feijoas


While these green gems are in season, turn them into a delightful dessert.

Quinoa fritters with chipotle aioli


It won't just be the vegetarians fighting over these fritters.

Vegetarian, gluten-free curry

Massaman curry

A curry that doesn't even need meat to knock your socks off.

Get creative with Angus

Served with malted onion puree and pumpkin

Beef fillet

Flavour and colour are key components of this designer meat dish.

Weet-Bix crumbed manchego

A flavour hit on a stick


These wee beauties have been on Fiddlesticks' menu since last year's opening.

Deconstructed Nutella cheesecake

Turn breakfast into dessert


Take Milo and Nutella and create an amazing cheesecake.

Taste of the ocean


This dish is designed to emulate the taste of the sea.

Single-origin coffee custard

Coffee custard

Take the finest coffee and turn it into a very tasty custard.
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