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Ruth Pretty's: Rockhopper Rocky Road

Ruth Pretty's rocky road is a delicious way to celebrate Bird of the Year.

Recipe: Chickpea Cauliflower Burgers

This flavour-packed vegetarian patty is anything but boring.

Red leicester cheese and pesto tarts

This is a take on a Jo Seagar recipe and a favourite with the Whalley family for Christmas pre-dinner nibbles. They use a 12-muffin tin but you could also make them mini-muffin size.

Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Japanese-Style Crème Caramel Custard

This Japanese version of the French classic is exceptionally creamy, with a generous amount of dark caramel.

What is switchel? Meet the Kiwi couple brewing kombucha's switched-on cousin

Chantel and Mike Priddy are quenching a thirst for living well with a traditional fermented drink.

How to grow good corn (from a self-confessed corn addict)

There’s very sweet corn and then there’s good corn.

This farmer's secret to award-winning cheese? Sheep milk

It took some persuading to get this humble Northland farmer to enter her sheep cheese in the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards.

The couple behind Forty Thieves share three ways to prepare hummus

Traditional hummus is a staple for Shyr and Brent Godfrey. Here's how they do it.

Recipe: Everyday Multigrain Sourdough Sandwich Bread

This no-knead sourdough bread is perfect for beginners.

Recipe: Danish Red Beet Soup with Ribs (Rødbedesuppe)

Kristina honours her Danish ancestry with a rub-red bowl of hearty rødbedesuppe.

13 great party food ideas for the Rugby World Cup

Planning a viewing party for the All Blacks during the Rugby World Cup? We've found our 13 favourite party dishes to feed  support crews around New Zealand.

Recipe: Vegan Banoffee Pie

This decadent dessert is not only easy to make, but equally easy on the eyes.

Recipe: Triple Chocolate Cookies

A medley of white, milk and dark chocolate make these cookies the ultimate crowd-pleaser.

Recipe: Coriander cake

Take any plain cake recipe and finely grind 1-2 tbsp of coriander seed and add to the mix, or use this upside- down apple cake.

Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Chicken & Asparagus Yakitori

Kick off the first rays of sunshine with these Japanese-inspired skewers on the barbie.

Why colostrum shouldn't go to waste (and how you can benefit from it)

Colostrum is essential for newborn calves, very beneficial to humans, and – as Sheryn has discovered – simple to cook and delicious to eat.

How Kiwi innovators are tackling food fraud in New Zealand

Science is at the forefront of detecting and prosecuting food fraud.

Recipe: Low sugar orange kūmara brownies

This sweet little brownie uses sweet potato and maple syrup as alternatives to refined sugar.

Recipe: How to create and nurture a sourdough starter

A beginner’s guide to getting start-ed with sourdough — how to create, feed and nurture the starter.

30+ of the best tomato varieties to grow this summer

There are hundreds of varieties to try but these ones get top reviews.

Yeshi Taye's homemade Ethiopian sauce is stirring up Wellington's food scene

A former refugee cooks up a taste of Sudanese culture in memory of her mum.

Are organic apples the secret to good gut health?

An apple carries about 100 million bacteria. Good luck washing them off.

What's On: Ruth Pretty puts the Fiesta into Festive Season

Ruth Pretty puts the Fiesta into Festive Season with her special Christmas cooking classes (classes start October 19 and run until December 21).

Bluff oysters, blue cod, cheese rolls – Southland is foodie heaven

You can eat well Down South. Here’s a taster of five top local foods.

Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Chirashi-Sushi

This deconstructed sushi bowl tastes as good as it looks.

Ruth Pretty's Ricotta and Pesto Torte

Impress your guests with this delicious dip from Ruth Pretty. One of the top cook’s most sought-after recipes, it’s great to have when entertaining.

The artisan tonic water from a once-secret colonial recipe

A once-secret family recipe that saved lives in Kenya’s colonial days has become available to New Zealand G&T lovers.

Tasting the future of sausage...

Emma Rawson encounters a strange new world of flavours while dining on sausages of the future.

Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Lemon Frippery

This tart mousse is a great way to use up extra lemons this season.

8+ ways to cook with shungiku

This humble little green is a hero in Japanese cuisine.

Recipe: Fresh Lactic Cheese

This soft cheese, traditionally made with goat's milk, has a delightfully light texture.

An easy recipe to reduce food waste

Thirty percent of all food produced on the planet is not eaten, and Kristina has a recipe for that.

Recipe: Cacao Almond and Fudge Slice

An easy no-bake slice that's a crowd favourite.

This couple ditched their jobs to grow mushrooms

The Krummenacher family business is based on an ancient and dynamic natural system that is going about its important business silently beneath their feet.

How to use thyme to combat winter ills

Kristina finds her garden has the cure for what ails her.

Recipe: Make your own kombucha

Brewing this popular fermented drink at home is easy, cheap and oh-so-satisfying.

Recipe: Gluten-free, dairy-free saffron almond cake

This cake is gluten and dairy-free - and delicious. It’s a beautiful saffron-gold colour, and has a delicious orange flavour and moist texture, plus it’s easy to make.

Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Grapefruit Cheesecake

When the trees are laden with those wonderfully sweet/bitter orbs we call the grapefruit, there’s only one thing to do – make cake.

How to make dairy-free milk (hint: that's not almond or soy)

Almond, coconut, soy and rice are all popular dairy-free milk alternatives, but there are easier options you can grow and make yourself.

Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Marmalade Baklava with Chocolate Crème

Orange marmalade and a side of rich chocolate crème make this Mediterranean classic truly sing.

10 non-edible uses for grapefruit

Grapefruit seem to be one of those contentious, love-it-or-loathe-it kind-of fruit. Here are some easy DIY ways to use up grapefruit that don’t involving eating them.

Recipe: Garden Greens & Feta Filo Pie

A simple tart to use up excess garden greens, heavy on the fresh herbs and complemented with briny feta.

Omaka marae 'aunties' say their preserves are 'Maori culture in a jar'

Manaaki condiments, made in Blenheim with traditional Māori ingredients, aren’t just delicious. They also spread hospitality and generosity.

Topp Secret Gingernut recipe

The Topp Twins had to beg their mum Jean to share their nana’s famous Gingernut Biscuit recipe for their new cookbook Topp Country: A Culinary Journey.

Recipe: Blackcurrant Muffins

Put a fresh and healthy twist on muffins by swapping out blueberries for antioxidant-rich blackcurrants.

This chrysanthemum is pretty and tasty

Chrysanthemums are a florist favourite, but one type makes a great dish too.

Recipe: Fresh pasta with truffle

Truffle flavour marries perfectly with butter, cream and eggs and  exceptionally well with food that is white: potato, rice, bread or pizza dough, cauliflower, pasta and fish.

Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Brussels Sprouts with Honey & Toasted Pepitas

Fresh brussels sprouts are the star of the show in this healthy-yet-tasty side dish.

Recipe: Lemon Meringue Cake

A cake on a grand scale that tastes as good as it looks. Make it from scratch or buy the best sponge cake, meringues and lemon curd you can and proceed to assembly. Use a cardboard cake round if possible. The cake is lovely to eat the day after making.

Two ways to get into a cauliflower pickle

If you are struggling to eat up your cauliflower, Kristina Jensen can get you into a pickle.

Why you need to grow this ancient herb

It’s always exciting to find a new herb, even if it’s one that has been around for thousands of years.

3 warming apple recipes for a chilly day

A glut of apples is easily transformed with a little brown sugar and pinch of nutmeg.

Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Winter Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

This hearty salad combines sweet, savoury and tangy flavours for a refreshing dinner accompaniment.

Three zesty recipes to celebrate Meyer lemon season

It's lemon season, and in celebration of this New Zealand backyard stalwart we've created three tangy, citrus recipes to add some zest to your winter menu.

29 delicious NZ products that should be on every foodie's radar

Here’s a list of some fantastic New Zealand artisan food producers you should be adding to your shopping cart.

How to grow finger limes — the new foodie favourite

Tagged “citrus caviar”, finger limes are a fresh take on a standard citrus.

Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Lamb with Lemon & Oregano, Hummus & Lamb Jus

Make merry with this chill-beating med-inspired feast to warm a cold night.

Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Baked Chocolate and Amaretto Cheesecake

This indulgent cheesecake is not only pretty, but worth every single calorie.

Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Cabbage, Pear & Fennel Slaw

Cider vinegar, mustard and caraway punch up this simple, elegant slaw.

Recipe: Go-to Ginger and Walnut Tan Slice

Ruth Pretty's chewy, buttery, ginger slice will soon become your go-to-recipe for morning teas and special occasions.

Recipe: Turkish Baked Cauliflower with Spiced Lamb Sauce

The bed of spiced lamb mince sauce packs some serious flavour in this hearty winter dish.

Pan-fried and vegetable scones

One of New Zealand’s best-loved children’s authors shares the secret to his childhood scone recipe.

Recipe: Green Leek & Potato Soup

Celebrate cold weather with sweet leeks and hearty potatoes.

8 warming soup recipes

Warm up from the cold weather with these hearty and easy soup recipes.

kiwifruit dessert

Kiwifruit, Passionfruit and Mint Salad with Amaretto Dressing

A refreshing and simple dessert.  Green or gold kiwifruit, or a mixture of both can be used.

Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Rugelach with Apricot, Walnuts and Chocolate

Pair a few of these sweet Jewish scrolls with your morning coffee.

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Recipe: Cream of Watercress Soup

Our make your own Cream of Watercress Soup from this easy to grow green.

Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Devils on Horseback

This classic party-favourite is dressed up with almonds, honey and lemon zest.

Recipe: Salted caramel macadamia slice

Impress at your next work morning tea with this paleo vegan slice from Buffy Ellen at Be Good Organics

Putting Gisborne oranges on the map

A delivery business with a twist boosts returns for a Gisborne orchard.

Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Perfect Garlic Bread

Ruth Pretty shares the secret to creating restaurant-quality garlic bread.

Homegrown Farm Fresh Meats' lamb hot in demand

Wairarapa sheep and beef farmers Dion Kilmister and Ali Scott of Homegrown Farm Fresh Meats are focused on ensuring what their customers eat is as good as what they eat at home.

How to tell when a persimmon is ripe

The softer and squishier persimmons get, the better they are.

Walnuts 101: How to grow, store and cook walnuts

It’s technically not a nut, but Kristina is nuts for this nut.

Recipe: Quick and Easy Walnut Tart

Walnut tart is a favourite in France, known as tarte aux noix.

Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Apple Crumble Cake

This classic crowd-pleaser is all about the harmony between warm spices and granny smiths.

7 creative ways to celebrate mum's special day

Mother’s Day is almost here (it’s this Sunday, May 12th) so get sorted with these fresh ideas for activities, gestures and gifts to show you care.

Why mustard is a garden must-have

Mustards are the most feared of leafy greens, but they’re now essential in Jenny Somervell's kitchen.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

These little cupcakes are moist and tasty and are just the right size to enjoy with tea or coffee.

Recipe: Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Smoked Mussels

Celebrate the earthy jerusalem artichoke with this warming, potato-based soup.

Lassi three ways

My Indian Kitchen author Ashia Ismail-Singer shares three variations of this classic Indian drink.

Recipe: Spicy Peppers in Tomato Sauce

A  mid-week vegetarian option from My Indian Kitchen author Ashia Ismail-Singer.

Guest Blog: Ashia Ismail-Singer’s journey to My Indian Kitchen

It was a bout of homesickness that prompted Malawi-born New Zealander Ashia Ismail-Singer to start her blog.

Magnolia Kitchen Recipe: Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Bernadette Gee's cookbook Magnolia Kitchen is an internet sensation. These chewy delights were named after Bernadette's one-and-only light-of-her-life daughter Charlotte.

Recipe: Kristina Jensen’s Crab Apple & Walnut Streusel Cake

It takes a little more work than the average cake, but this streusel-topped treat is well worth it.

Recipe: Red Wine Poached Pears

An elegant yet simple dessert, perfect for autumn evenings.

Oamaru's Whitestone Cheese rakes in medals for top-notch cheeses

Whitestone Cheese may not be reinventing the wheel, but it is certainly giving it a twist — one that earned them the Spirit of New Zealand award at the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards for 2019.

Provenance Meat owner says healthy soil is behind award-winning lamb

Bio-farmed and ethically raised, the lambs grown for Provenance Meat are owner David Crutchley’s pride and joy — and reason for winning the paddock category of the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards for 2019.

A Gisborne fishery delivers transparency and sustainability

In Gisborne, two men are delivering fish that’s not only wharf-side fresh but traceable and sustainable — and are much deserving of winning the water category at the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards of 2019.

The Chia Sisters reach new heights for award-winning, solar-powered juicery

The success of a South Island soft-drinks company has its owners juiced — and selected as winner of the earth category in the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards for 2019.

Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Easter Buns with Lemon Icing Drizzle

Please a crowd these holidays with Ruth Pretty's zesty Easter buns which are packed with spices, dried apricots, raisins and sultanas.

Wooden Spoon Freezery's ice-cream makers get playful with flavour

A scoopful of fun is included in every tub made by these award-winning, boutique ice-cream makers.

Wooden Spoon Freezery named Supreme Champion at 2019 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards

The ice-cream makers at Wooden Spoon Freezery are proof that business and pleasure can be mixed.

Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Feijoa, Date and Ginger Loaf

This flavour-packed loaf makes the perfect afternoon snack with a cup of tea.

4 recipes to help use up an apple glut

It’s difficult to use every apple you grow, but Jane has the recipes if you want to give it a go.

13 tricks to increase the storage life of seasonal produce

Give excess fruit and veg a long shelf life with some simple storage and harvesting tricks.

Recipe: Venison Shepherd's Pie

Venison brings an extra level of luxury to this humble classic.

9 tips for growing big, juicy grapes

Grapes are easy to grow and nothing has to go to waste.

Recipe: Chunky Monkey Feijoa Chutney (the best-ever feijoa recipe)

Kristina reluctantly shares one of her best-ever chutneys.

A Marlborough distiller is putting New Zealand bitters on the map

Marlborough-made bitters are making waves in the cocktail world, and their creator is just getting started.

Seaweed 101: How to forage, harvest and use seaweed

There’s a great source of free greens in the sea, if you know the ones to look out for.

How to bake lighter, fluffier cakes with duck eggs

You can use duck eggs for any recipe that uses chicken eggs if you take a few things into account.

Fresh As° a global freeze-dried success

Take fresh produce, freeze it, remove the moisture and wow professional chefs and home cooks alike with a range of exciting new ingredients.

Recipe: Chicken and Vegetable Bake with Tarragon Butter

Take roasties and savoury chicken to new heights with fragrant tarragon butter.

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Is this the feijoa cake of your dreams?

Kristina Jensen's gooey upside down feijoa caramel cake is the autumn cake you've been waiting for.

The best NZ cheeses of 2019

Over 200 medals have been handed out to NZ’s top specialty cheese makers.

Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Oven-Baked Quinces with Vanilla Whipped Coconut Cream

Recipe: Baked Quinces with Vanilla Whipped Coconut Cream

An old-fashioned fruit is transformed with a little heat and a lot of airy coconut cream.

Kate's favourite broad bean salad

Kate Coughlan shares a simple zesty recipe using fresh broad beans.

Self-sufficiency with sweet chestnuts

It's easy to process, stores for a long time and is incredibly versatile. There’s no other fruit or nut that makes a great baking flour, a lovely soup, or a great-tasting pesto.

Recipe: Apple, Fennel and Pork Sausage Rolls

These gourmet sausage rolls are hearty enough for morning tea, lunch or dinner.

Tips to the perfect grazing platter

Learn how to turn cheese and crackers into a work of art to impress your guests.

Recipe: Feijoa and Apple Sorbet

This simple sorbet is tangy, refreshing and delicious, with a lot fewer calories than ice cream. The key is to use very ripe feijoas.

ONZFPA Awards: Medal winners revealed

Foodies have a slew of top-quality products to look out for when they are shopping following today’s announcement of the 2019 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards medal winners.

Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Iceberg Salad with Cucumber, Beans, Mint and Buttermilk Dressing

Cucumber Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Stay cool as a cucumber by pairing this simple salad with any main dish.

12 sweet treats to make for anyone who loves butter

Grab a slab a butter and get baking with these butter-laden recipes, perfect for an indulgent weekend treat.

Recipe: Hokey Pokey Melting Moments

This classic biscuit is taken up a notch with crunchy hokey pokey.

How to grow a good roast chicken

Chicken is the cheapest meat you can buy, but a home-grown roast can be well worth the effort.

Recipe: Parmesan-Crumbed Eggplant with Red Pepper Mayo

Late summer calls for lovely finger food that celebrates fresh ingredients, like eggplant and red pepper.

elderberry cordial

Recipe: Kristina's Elderberry Cordial

Make the most of ripe elderberries with this lovely homemade cordial that will last up to two years.

10 ways to help make cut flowers last

These simple steps will keep your cut flowers looking fresh for longer.

 

How to make luscious, lemony limoncello

Whether you sip it straight over ice or dilute it with soda to make a spritz, this sweet sensation tastes of southern Italy.

Classic baking: Yoyo recipe

These Yoyos are guaranteed to melt-in-the-mouth. This classic sweet treat is quick to make and will no doubt be an absolute crowd pleaser.

beeswax food wrap

Make your own beeswax food wraps: updated recipe

This environmentally friendly alternative to plastic cling film is easy to make at home.

Francesca Voza's Baked Sardines

If you’re not in the mood for pasta with your sardines, another great use for these tasty fish is to bake them instead, as Francesca's Italian Kitchen does. This is their version of a dish they found all over Sicily.

3 delicious ways to use up a peach glut

Make the most of a late summer peach glut with three quick (and tasty) recipes.

Recipe: Chilled Gazpacho with Avocado and Soft Goat Cheese

Start a simple yet sensational late summer lunch with some autumn flavour.

Camanda tiny house on wheels

In Your Backyard: Living Lightly on sale now

Learn to live a greener and more sustainable life with our special edition. In Your Backyard: Living Lightly.

Nicola Kawana's Tomato and Horopito Chutney

NZ actor Nicola Kawana is also a talented gardener.  She shares her favourite chutney recipe, perfect for using up a tomato glut.

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Stewed Plums, Yoghurt and Cinnamon Meringues

Make a decadent version of an eton mess using summer plums and cinnamon.

feijoa turnover pastry

Recipe: Feijoa and Almond Turnover Pastries

These delicious feijoa pastries will be a hit at your next morning tea.

Eleanor Ozich's recipes for the simple life

Could making your own larder staples, cleaning products and beauty creams really be a simpler, healthier way of life?

Recipe: Courgette, Apple and Orange Mini Cakes

A recipe that is both indulgent and virtuous, these courgette, apple and orange-scented mini cakes are irresistibly moist and beautiful to eat.

Cooking with capers: 3 recipes to try

You don’t need a lot of capers, but they can give a dish a real flavour punch.

A beginner's guide to foraging in New Zealand

There are plenty of edible wild plant foods in the NZ countryside, if you know where to look and what to look for.

On the BBQ: Grilled Flatbread with Spiced Yoghurt

Add some Mediterranean spice to your summer BBQ with homemade flatbreads and yoghurt dip.

The lazy gardener’s way to save garlic

How to save time by sorting your seed garlic during the harvesting process.

How to grow your own bath sponge

There aren’t many mouth-watering veggies that can also be a bath sponge and a dishcloth.

Recipe: Ginger and green tomato jam

Tomatoes won't ripen? This green tomato jam might be the solution to the green tomato glut.

Why you need to give kale another chance

Kale is a trendy healthy option but it can be tough and chewy if not handled with care. Jenny Somervell shares her tips on when to plant and harvest kale and how to cook it properly.

Coffee and a “brewmance"

What Tom and Benita Ormond knew about business when they took over a prominent Hawke’s Bay coffee roastery could have been written on one of those nuggety brown beans. Now they are winning awards.

How to make ginger beer

The secret to good ginger beer is in the bug, says Sheryn Clothier.

Recipe: Ginger, Lime and Peppermint Rock Melon with Mango Sorbet

An easy-to-make fruity dessert that epitomizes the taste of summer.

Recipe: Soba Noodle, Wakame and Cucumber Salad

Ruth Pretty's fresh take on a refreshing summer salad— the perfect plate to bring.

Iced Watermelon Smoothies and Lotus Root Crisps

Iced watermelon is a refreshing summertime treat that can be made into a mocktail or served with a dash of gin for a cocktail.

Recipe: Panzanella with nectarine

This is a non-traditional panzanella (bread salad) with the addition of nectarine. Central Otago is famous for its stone fruit and the nectarines are perfectly ripe at the same time as tomatoes, the combination of which creates a nice acidity and sweetness.

On the BBQ: Ginger and Soy Salmon

Grilling on the barbecue one of the easiest ways to cook salmon.

Tasty ways to use avocados

The smooth, creamy texture of avocados makes them a great ally in baking. Give these delicious recipes a try.

How to make the most of a cucumber glut

When you’re knee-deep in cucumbers and zucchini, it’s time to make a mouth-watering preserve that has stood the test of generations.

10 delicious vinaigrettes for salads

Whether you like to dress up or dress down, there is an analogy here for salad creators.

10 hard-to-find edibles (that you can easily grow at home)

These are tasty foods you typically can’t get in supermarkets but are easy to grow on your property.

Recipe: Ukrainian fermented tomatoes

Make the most of a tomato glut with this simple fermenting technique.

Recipe: Mussels with chilli, ginger and garlic

Deeane Sara from Stewart Island's Church Hill Restaurant serves local mussels steamed in the shell.

Why gooseberries deserve a second chance

They’re the alternative grape of the garden, can be sweet or sour, and have nothing to do with geese, but gooseberries are one traditional kitchen garden berry that will liven up your cooking.

Recipe: Lavender Ice Cream

Lavender goes beautifully in dessert recipes. Just add to any liquids in a recipe that require gentle heat, then strain the flowers out.

Cooking camp-out style

Potatoes, s'mores and sausages: Campfire cooking is caveman stuff but even burnt the food tastes better.

Recipe: Rhubarb Frosé Ice Blocks (alcoholic)

For a refreshing twist on the popular frosé cocktail, try these adult ice blocks with stewed rhubarb.

On the BBQ: Pork and Lemongrass Fritters

Let these bold flavours and colourful combinations brighten up summer barbecues.

Recipe: Sugar-cured venison

This luscious dish makes good use of seasonal produce. You need to make the red pepper relish at least a day ahead.

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12 tips to cooking the perfect Christmas turkey

Don't end up with a dried out bird on Christmas Day.  Here's 12 tips to ensure your turkey is cooked to perfection.

Full menu: Ruth Pretty's Make-ahead Christmas Feast

With a little planning, a touch of prep and — voila — a make-ahead Christmas lunch menu that leaves plenty of time for hosts to spend with guests.

Recipe: Perfumed punch

A fruity non-alcoholic drink, fit for a festive feast.

Recipe: Green Bean Salad with Cranberries

Green beans with a tangy cranberry twist, a delicious side from Ruth Pretty's make-ahead Christmas lunch menu. 

Recipe: Honey-Glazed Pork Loin with Guava & Raisins

A pork roast with a fruity filling, fit for Christmas Day.

Recipe: Tropical Eton Mess

A fresh and tangy twist on a classic summer dessert with passionfruit curd and bananas.

Jo Seagar's BBQ St Clements Lamb

‘Oranges and lemons say the bells of St Clements.’ This is the inspiration for this easy but fabulous way to cook lamb on the BBQ. What more perfect choice for our New Zealand Christmas feast than lamb.

Recipe: Spicy Korean-Style Meatballs

These tasty meatballs will be a hit at your next barbecue.

Recipe: Strawberry and peppermint cocktail

This summer strawberry cocktail can be made with soda water or dry sparkling wine.

Recipe: Easy tamarind glazed ham

This is the easiest ham glaze you will ever make, and the tamarind flavour works beautifully with the ham.

Career change: entering the ice age

A mid-life career change is just what the doctor ordered for Auckland film editor Jacks Jackson

Round cucumber varieties to try

If you like the long green cucumbers, you're going to love these extraordinary orbs.

How to infuse vodka

Vodka infusions are surprisingly simple to create and hugely rewarding. Plus, they can make a great gift.

Recipe: Pepparkakor gingerbread biscuits

These delicious little spice biscuits are not too sweet, easy to roll out and quick to bake.

Recipe: Beetroot Salad with Horseradish Dressing

Horseradish dressing gives this beetroot salad the x-factor.

Recipe: cheesy eggplant bake

This dish is a household staple at tomato grower, Gemma Romano's home. Her grandson Anthony likes to eat it as an afternoon snack, sandwiched between two slices of white bread.

Recipe: Jude’s Chocky Rocky Road

This gourmet version of a classic sweet makes a great homemade Christmas present.

A comprehensive guide to growing, using and cooking with daylilies

If you love daylilies, you’ll be delighted to know they’re a delicious option in the kitchen too.

Recipe: New Potatoes with George’s Guacamole

Give new potatoes a Caribbean twist with a healthy dollop of  zesty Cuban guacamole.

Recipe: Blackcurrant Ice Cream

You don't need a fancy machine to make this berry delicious ice cream.

From forbidden fruit to superfood

In South Canterbury, Tony and Afsaneh Howey are building the reputation of a remarkable but oft-overlooked berry.

Recipe: Wholesome Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Everyone knows carrot cake is just a vehicle for cream cheese frosting.

Nelson gardener brewing strong tea business

A herbal tea hobby has brewed into a strong cup of business for a Nelson gardener.

Have you done enough for a chocolatum rotunda?

The humble New Zealand biscuit is celebrated in a new tea towel and poster.

Buy the best artisan food products in our new Farmers' Market

NZ Life & Leisure and thisNZlife's involvement in the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards has opened our eyes to the wonderful boutique products New Zealanders are making.

thisNZlife Farmers' Market Recipe: Spicy Tamarind Ribs

This pork rib recipe from Jenny's Kitchen is so delicious and easy-to-make it will become your summer go-to. Make them in the barbecue or the oven and order  Jenny's Kitchen Tamarind Chutney direct from the thisNZlife Farmers' Market .

Recipe: Tomato Cashew Soup

This tomato soup with carrots, celery and cashew cream is a local favourite.

Recipe: Raw vegan coconut yoghurt tarts

Breakfast for a sweet-tooth doesn't get much better than this.

Recipe: Pineapple sage tisane

A tisane or infusion is a drink made by steeping fresh or dried herbs in hot water.

Recipe: Moroccan honey and mint syrup cake

This cake from East End Café in Wairoa is delicious served with a dollop of cream or unsweetened Greek yoghurt.

DIY Project: Build your own Pizza Oven

A comprehensive step-by-step guide to building a pizza oven for your backyard.

Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Christmas Fruit Mince Croissants

Get Christmas morning off to a cracker start with coffee, perhaps a glass of champagne and this festive take on filled croissants.

Recipe: Chilli Prawn, Roasted Kūmara, Yellow Pepper & Pistachio Salad

A little planning, a touch of prep and — voilà — a  make-ahead Christmas lunch menu that leaves plenty of time for hosts to spend with guests.

Kingsland brewery's Champagne pilsner

A brewery and tasting room in Kingsland is planning to convert as many as possible to craft beer. It’s fermenting a potent name for itself, including with thirsty international visitors, fresh off the plane.

Three Asian-inspired sides to try

The season's fresh flavours are celebrated with recipes that use local favourites (think roasted lamb and kumara mash) and are given a touch of Japanese elegance.

Recipe: Frenched Lamb Racks with Ponzu Sauce

Jazz up new season lamb with this classic Japanese citrus-based sauce and pink-peppercorn rub.

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Dr Libby's Beetroot chocolate mud cake

This cake packs all the divine flavor of a traditional chocolate cake but is so much more beneficial for your health.

Recipe: Homemade cultured salted butter

Add some local flavour to the traditionally homemade staple.

This cheese sold out before the cheesemaker cut the curd

Kirsty Silvester and Dave Chapman are true DIY cheese producers,  from pasture to pecorino.

Recipe: Lavender & Lentil Lamb Pie

Lavender and lamb may not be the most obvious flavour combination, but a Moutere lifestyle block owner swears by it.

Know and grow your grains

When you start reading about what goes into making the daily loaf, you realise what a luxury item bread is.

Recipe: Bird of the Year Rockhopper Cocktail

Feel the spirit of the Eastern Rockhopper Penguin with this salty, zesty cocktail, a great way to celebrate Bird of the Year.

Recipe: Salted Caramel Sauce

This delicious sauce keeps in a container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Anthony Hoy Fong's big bites in the Big Apple

From deep-fried chicken to fine-dining foams, and from family man to food warrior, this New York-based New Zealand chef loves his kai – in more ways than one.

Artisan sea salt created with buckets of ingenuity

With a custom-made vacuum chamber Greg Beattie turns seawater from the Hauraki Gulf into New Zealand’s first truly artisanal sea salt.

My day as a chocolate judge

From “bottom leakage” to “fat bloom”, Emma Rawson brushes up on her chocolate lingo to join the world of bonbon judging.

Recipe: Tropical Grilled Salmon

A sweet and savory glaze gives grilled salmon big flavor.

Ruth Pretty's top tips for setting a beautiful table

Ruth Pretty 'the host with the most' shares tips for how to create a dinner party to remember.

Make your tempeh without using plastic

Once you’ve got the hang of fermenting tempeh in plastic bags, you can move onto the real deal by producing it in leaves, with a Kiwi twist.

Recipe: Coconut Panna Cotta served with Citrus Salad

This is a very satisfying dessert and should be enjoyed with a wee glass of late harvest riesling.

Bolt-resistant coriander varieties to grow

Coriander can be a little bit fussy to grow, but with the right care you can prolong leaf growth.

Recipe: Slow-Cooked Korean Pork in Lettuce Wraps (Bo Ssam)

Anthony Hoy Fong shares one of his favourites – pork wraps Korean style. Don’t be scared off by the eight or so hours this meal takes to prepare: most of that time, the pork is just roasting slowly slowly in the oven, so it’s fall-off-the-bone succulent.

Which tomatoes are the healthiest to grow?

Studies have shown that high lycopene intake is associated with decreased risk of heart disease and cancer, especially prostate cancer. But it’s not the red tomatoes that score the highest for tetra-cis-lycopene.

Recipe: Salt and Pepper Taro with Szechuan Pepper Salt

Think you've tasted taro, wait until you try Ruth Pretty's tasty take on this Pacific Island staple, a sneak peek from the upcoming September/ October issue of NZ Life & Leisure, on sale August 24.

Recipe: Homemade 100's & 1000's Biscuits

Laura MacDonald from thekiwicountrygirl.com shares her homemade version of  this New Zealand kids' favourite.

How to grow mustard greens

Mustards are an easy-to-grow, cool season crop - follow these  quick tips to grow them in your garden.

The benefits of yacons and how to grow them in your backyard

It's and ugly veggie with a fruit flavour and perfect for winter. Here's how to grow yacons in your backyard.

Recipe: Award-winning Moolander burger

Mouth-watering burgers are the stars of the Visa Wellington on a Plate festival this month. But for those who will miss out on this burger-mad feast, we present the award-winning Moolander.

Sauvignon blanc jelly with lemon verbena & baked rhubarb

This is a light, cleansing dessert, however it’s also lovely served with softly whipped cream. Remember, only cook with wine you would be delighted to drink.

Make your own lavender mint tea

For the best tea, pick flowers first thing in the morning, after any dew has evaporated – the fresher the flower, the better the flavour.

How to cook with culinary lavender

You can cook with lavender in sweet and savoury dishes, but there is an art to it.

Recipe: Truffle pizza

Truffle adds its unique aroma and umami savouriness to any ingredient with which it comes in contact.

Garden tasks for August

It’s still officially winter, but there’s plenty to do before the days get longer and warmer.

Recipe: Stecca bread with roasted butternut dip

This all-time favourite bread is exceptionally easy to make. The dip can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to three days.

 

The grown anywhere green

If you are missing summer’s salad greens, this is the plant for you.

Recipe: The best marmalade ever

Marmalade is easy to make if you get organised in advance. This is a great recipe which produces a wonderful, bright yellow marmalade that keeps well.

Menu sneak peek: Harbourside Winner Dinner

Harbourside's head chef, Shaun Tyagi is serving up a menu to die for at the Auckland Outstanding Food Producer Winner Dinner

Recipe: Crumbed terakihi with creamed mushrooms

You can also try this dish out with gurnard or blue cod (although, these will take a little longer to cook than terakihi).

Recipe: Cauliflower and truffle soup

Cauliflower never had it so good. This is a fabulous starter for an evening meal or serve in espresso cups or shot glasses as an amuse-bouche.

The most ambitious (and delicious) Lemon Meringue Pie

Looking for something special to bake? Why not try Simon Wright's Lemon Meringue Pie.

Is it time for mead to make a comeback?

By rejuvenating an ancient tipple, Oren Dalton hopes to breathe new life into our regions.

Vegan probiotic caramel slice

A sweet no-bake made with coconut yoghurt and raw cashews.

Recipe: Ruth Pretty's pommes purées

Reserve this decadent potato mash for special occasions.

8 things you need to know before you try growing hazelnuts

Hazelnuts are still a niche product in New Zealand but they have the potential to be the country’s main nut crop.

The high-protein, low-fat fermented food you can make yourself

If you’re interested in eating more plant protein, a little fermentation can go a long way.

Roasted beetroot with sorrel

An earthy salad to warm up any winter gathering.

How the Coromandel environment inspired Cathedral Cove Naturals

Wholesome ingredients and happy memories of childhood holidays on the Coromandel form the DNA of  coconut yoghurt and cereal business Cathedral Cove Naturals.

12 things you didn't know about salad burnet

This backyard herb has a colourful history, it was prized by Roman soldiers for its medicinal qualities and used in the 16th Century as a wine additive.

Recipe: Lavender lemonade cordial or cocktail mixer

This refreshing cordial also makes a terrific base for a cocktail – just pour with gin over ice, then top up with soda water.

chocolate cake stevia

Have your chocolate cake and eat it without sugar

Unlike sugar, stevia doesn't add calories or carbs. So you can afford to have an extra slice or two of this chocolate cake delight.

Recipe: Tamarillo & Cranberry Chutney 

Put a New Zealand spin on cranberry sauce with this tangy tree tomato chutney.

Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Pork Meatballs with Buttery Apple Sauce and Make-Ahead Gravy

Many food cultures claim meatballs, albeit in different guises, as one of their specialities but Scandinavia happens to take the crown. 

Pumpkin and Sunflower Seed Rye Crackers

These grainy crackers can be stored in an airtight container in the pantry for up to 3 weeks.

Outstanding New Zealand products every foodie should know about

NZ Life & Leisure is very proud to celebrate people who create beautiful food. Here's a list of some fantastic New Zealand artisan food producers you should be adding to your shopping cart.

Recipe: Cos leaves with pear, walnuts, mozzarella

These cos leaves make a delicious, healthy nibble. Use the best of fresh seasonal pears to really bring out the flavour.

Such sweet sorrel – how to grow the perennial lemony herb

Sorrel is a robust and persistent sort that grows like a weed (which it’s not) and can be used to tart up your tastebuds in a variety of dishes.

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Recipe: Tamarillo Cheesecake

The rosy blush of tree tomato lifts this delectable dessert to luscious new heights.

Recipe: Soy and honey chicken nibbles

This classic flavour combination is always a party favourite.

From posie to plate: How to cook with scented geraniums

From garden to posie to plate, scented geraniums are a delight to the senses and fabulous fodder for the experimental gardener/cook.

Banana Peel Sticky Toffee Upside Down Cake

Part sticky toffee pudding, part banana cake, this sticky, gooey and surprisingly light and easy recipe takes dessert to a whole new level.

Recipe: roasted potato wedges with aromatic salt

Give classic potato wedges a gourmet twist with Ruth Pretty's turmeric, almond and fenugreek aromatic salt blend.

Why you should grow ginger in your garden

Posh, Sporty and Scary have nothing on Ginger spice. Brush up on your planting and harvesting skills for this winter.

How to make apple cider vinegar

There's no need for any part of an apple to go to waste.

Recipe: Thai fish pie

An Asian spin on a winter Kiwi classic from Japanese-born cooking tutor Sachie Noumura.

A culinary journey through Wellington's Cuba Street

The flavours of Cuba Street are celebrated in a new book Cuba Street: A Cookbook. We meet the passionate foodies behind three colourful Wellington businesses.

 

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Step-by-step recipe: Fish dumplings with garlic shallot dipping sauce

The powerhouse behind House of Dumplings shares her recipe for this fWellington Night Markets favourite.

Recipe: Dairy-free Tamarillo Pillow Cake

Get ready to sink your teeth into this billowy tamarillo cake.

Make a lemon verbena herbal tea

Take good care of lemon verbena in your garden and its herbal tea will take care of you.

Recipe: Cheese Shortbreads and Cauliflower Mousse

Why serve plain old cheese and crackers when you can dish up these simple cheese shortbreads topped with cauliflower mousse?  Place a tablespoon of cauliflower mousse in the centre of each shortbread and garnish with tomato.

Growing, dividing and harvesting garlic chives

This chive is not meant to be eaten raw, but cook it properly and your dishes will dance.

 

Recipe: Decadent chocolate-stuffed dates

Serve up this decadent, fruity finger food at your next party.

A Pink Ribbon Mocktail

The clever team at the Cocktail Collective have put on their mixing aprons to create a pink mocktail worthy of the Breast Cancer Foundation's Pink Ribbon Breakfast.

You be the judge in the Silver Fern Farms Restaurant Awards

New Zealanders have the chance to step into the judges’ shoes to sample 12 finalist dishes in the Silver Fern Farms Restaurant Awards.

2 apple stevia recipes

Serve up stevia instead of sugar in your autumn baking for a diabetic-friendly dessert.

Recipe: sticky pork ribs

This recipe uses 3 kilos of pork spare ribs - and you'll never have enough.

Recipe: Jess Daniell's Breakfast Burrito

Here’s a breakfast burrito worth waking up for! Easy to eat on the run and enjoyed fresh or toasted, these wraps are packed with all of your early morning essentials, plus they’re delicious to boot.

cauliflower

5 bright and beautiful vegetables to plant now

If you love a plate full of colour, why not try planting some of the more bright winter vegetables?

Trading London life for paddock-to-plate

Getting to grips with the grassroots of growing, and of a community, Lloyd Rooney and Michael Fraser found contentment by leaving the glamour of London for the quiet backwaters of the Waikato.

feijoa crumble cake

Recipe: Feijoa Cake with Crumble Topping

This recipe takes the cake for the simplest feijoa dessert.

2 vegetables to spice up this winter

Plant salsify and scorzonera soon and they'll be ready in time for all your winter soup and steamed veggie needs.

sourdough

How to make the perfect sourdough bread

Pandoro co-founder turned viticulturist Richard Tollenaar shares a video on the secrets of baking a perfect sourdough loaf.

Ruth Pretty's Mother's Day menu

Stir the love and mix happy memories into Ruth Pretty’s autumnal three-course Mother’s Day menu

NZ's finest food producers revealed

We raise a glass, and a tasty morsel or two, to the winners of this year’s Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards.

Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards Supreme Winner announced

Richard and Helen Dorresteyn are committed cheesemakers, inadvertent buffalo farmers and deserving Supreme Winner of the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards for 2018.

How to substitute stevia in baking and preserves

If you take sugar out of baking and use stevia as the  sweetener, you need to replace the 'bulk.' Test out these stevia baking tips with a hazelnut shortbread recipe.

Cocktail delivery service? Sign us up

Cocktails look and taste great, but are tricky to do at home. Meet the NZ entrepreneurs making them easy. Plus 2 bonus cocktail recipes.

What to do with unripe tomatoes

Ways to ripen those green tomatoes that just won't go red and a handy recipe for green tomato salsa.

International cheese expert's new Hawke's Bay venture

Global cheese aficionado Juliet Harbutt hosts foodie tours from her home with vineyard views.

cute baby goat

25 producers in the running for Outstanding NZ Food Producer Supreme Award

 After judging more than 180 of the country’s finest food products, 25 New Zealand food producers have been named as Gold Medal winners in the 2018 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards.

Whitestone wins big at the world’s largest cheese comp

Oamaru's Whitestone Cheese Co. is riding a wave of international critical acclaim after recent achievements at the world’s biggest cheese competition in Wisconsin USA.

Two great feijoa recipes: feijoa chutney and feijoa loaf

It's feijoa season - prepare for the onslaught of delicious fruit with these two recipes - plus fruit storage tips.

18 baking ideas for the long weekend

Having guests around for the long weekend? We're serving up some baking inspiration.

5 easy forage food recipes

Additional foraging recipes from our special edition In Your Backyard: Urban Harvest.

A beginner's guide to goat's cheese

Goat's cheese is a hot culinary trend - but do you know which flavours to match with it? Take a course in goat's cheese 101 with two new cheeses from Whitestone.

Recipe: Roasted baby turnips

A simple turnip recipe that makes a great addition to a weekend roast.

Chive talking: tips for planting alliums

The onion family make a pretty and tasty addition to your garden.

Recipe: 20-vegetable salad with cucumber dressing

Ruth Pretty's recipe is based on a salad she loved eating in Tokyo. Change the veggies depending on what is in your fridge or the garden.

 

Tips to growing and preserving great capers

They’re small but pack a piquant punch to a dish, and it is possible to grow them in NZ, if you know what they like.

Recipe: Gingerbread Kisses

These little individual cakes are very, VERY good. You can keep a stash of unfilled cakes in the freezer for emergencies.

 

Why vermouth is enjoying a revival

Otago winemaker Duncan Forsyth agrees it's almost counter-intuitive a top pinot noir producer should start making vermouth.

Bonus recipe: Tuna Ceviche with Charred Sweetcorn Salsa

Chef Josh Emett introduced Ruth Pretty to the beauty of this style of ceviche. Ruth uses tuna but kingfish, trevally, snapper or salmon would all be great substitutes.

 

Final call for entries for Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards

Entries close Friday 2 March  for the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards.

How to grow great raspberries

Raspberries are a great option for the lifestyle block. Ben Gaia looks at how to get the best production.

5 steps to the perfect cup of tea

Mindfulness is a key ingredient in the preparation of your daily cuppa, explains Tea Master Anna Kydd.

3 irresistible plum recipes

When plums go crazy, these recipes will help you use them all up in the most delicious ways possible.

 

Recipe: The ultimate vanilla marshmallow recipe

Squares of gooey marshmallow are a delight to eat, easy to make and can be given a gourmet touch.

How to make damson gin

It’s a funny-looking cousin of the plum, and it can tarten up your gin too.

Recipe: honey-roasted pork belly

Use strong honey, such as manuka, so the flavour permeates this rich and sticky pork dish. To make it easier to carve, ask your butcher to remove the bone from the pork.

11 tips to marketing a successful food business

Three experts share their wisdom on how to create a profitable food product.

Recipe: Citrus cooler

You can use any mix of citrus to make this perfect evening drink, and dress it up with mint and borage flowers.

Recipe: Ginger and peach jam

For this recipe, the peaches don’t have to be super-ripe. In fact, the jam turns out nice and chunky if you choose slightly harder fruit.

4 kid-friendly summer campfire recipes

Keep it simple and get the kids on board to gather around the fire and get cooking.

Tried and tested bottled Blackboy peaches

Blackboy peach fan Kristina Jensen shares her overflow method for bottling with her favourite peach.

 

Truffle growing experiments

It’s an underground treasure whose production is unpredictable, but a delight chefs will pay $3500 per kilogram to shave over a dish.

How to get your preserves on supermarket shelves

Havelock North's Margie Chambers understands the importance of knowing your market when pitching preserves nationwide.

Recipe: Beer-can chicken

A Kiwi-summer favourite has been given a tasty upgrade with a spicy rub.

Watercress, the king of superfoods

Watercress is the most nutritious plant you can grow in your garden.

Recipe: Coconut sago with Malibu custard

With creamy coconut, pearls of sago and a hit of fresh fruit, this summery dessert is inspired by the Pacific flavours of South Auckland.

Recipe: Holiday braised leg of lamb

This dish can be cooked at a leisurely pace in a lidded barbecue or pizza oven.

Villa Maria founder's Waipu Cove escape

A bach at the beach yields vintage holidays for one of New Zealand’s best-known wine-making families.

How to make a living from preserving

If you’re a dab hand at making jams and preserves, you could consider selling your homemade goods.

Recipe: Campfire couscous

A couscous perfect for summer with spring onions, dates and feta.

Why scientists are researching health benefits of Moonglow tomatoes

There are tomatoes, and then there is this great-tasting heritage variety with a very special secret.

Watch: How to make wild sauerkraut

The founder of Forage & Ferment demonstrates gives a lesson in fermenting 101, demonstrating how to make her wild sauerkraut with turmeric, ginger and marigold.

9 secrets to turning your artisan product into a supermarket star

Food product developer Martyn Atack looks at why you need to start with pen and paper in your office, not the kitchen.

Video: The buzz about Kelli Walker's booming business

Kelli Walker felt a business was brewing inside her, and found one that can’t stop bubbling, burbling and babbling about itself.

 

lemon tart recipe

Recipe: Kiri's lemon tart

An easy lemon tart from the ladies behind the Tora Coastal Walk in the Wairarapa.

Top tips for a thriving watercress plant

Watercress can be grown in pots, is surprisingly hardy and tolerates being frozen.

Recipe: Tomato fritters with feta

These little fritters are a treat to eat, especially when made with late-season, sun-ripened tomatoes.

Debra Cruickshank named supreme winner of Enterprising Rural Women Awards

A boutique winemaker has taken out the top prize at the Enterprising Rural Women Awards.

Nelson family growing capri tomatoes since the 40's

Thanks to one very determined grower, Nelson’s favourite tomato is still growing strong after 60 years.

11 ways to use edible flowers

A dish isn’t complete without a little petal power.

From derelict barn to award-winning berry business

A Wairarapa couple have transformed a derelict wee barn and rundown lifestyle block into a successful fruit and berry business.

7 tips to growing Japanese wineberries

Don’t be afraid of trying new fruits, especially ones as delicious as this.

Imake's 50M home brewing success story

A NZ home-brew company has doubled its turnover after launching an electric brewing machine called The Grainfather.

Recipe: Southland cheese rolls

The best cheese rolls are found in Southland – and don’t dare suggest otherwise.

Video: Watch Amelia Ferrier transform a cake into a work of art

Cakes are a blank canvas for a talented baker and author of Melie's Kitchen.

Sawmill Brewery scales up to 1M capacity

A Matakana couple find that brewing beer, staying creative and living in the country is the best medicine for what ails you.

How to make lemon balm and rosemary-infused olive oil

This oil makes a great dip for bread with dukkah, or it can be used as a salad dressing, or drizzled over new potatoes and barbecued meat. If you don’t have lemon balm, use ½ cup of rosemary instead of the amounts below.

A Southern treat: Black-eyed peas recipe

Christmas on the barbie menu

Have yourself a very merry Christmas barbecue with these show-stopping recipes by Anthony Hoy Fong

barbecue turkey

Recipe: Spatchcocked turkey with sage chimichurri

Take Christmas dinner outdoors this year with this delicious spatchcocked turkey. Part of our Barbecue Christmas Menu.

Recipe: Market Vegetables with Buttermilk Ranch & Bagna Càuda

Recipe: Market vegetables with buttermilk ranch & bagna càuda

Get the barbecue started with these delicious grilled veggies with ranch dressing and bagna càuda, an Italian anchovy dip.

Recipe: Shrimp & corn fritters with sriracha aioli

These barbecue corn fritters might be the best corn fritters you've ever tried. Part of our Christmas Barbecue Menu.

Recipe: Smoked Kumara with Peas & Parma Ham

Recipe: Smoked kumara with peas & parma ham

Use this simple smoking technique to add oodles of flavour to kumara. Part of our Christmas Barbecue Menu.

Recipe: Toasted farro salad with blistered red grapes & feta

Recipe: Toasted farro salad with blistered red grapes & feta

Blister grapes on the barbecue to turn up the flavour on a summer salad. This recipe is part of our Christmas Barbecue Menu.

 

bourbon peach cobbler

Recipe: Barbecued bourbon peach cobbler

Use a cast-iron skillet to cook this delicious dessert directly on the barbecue. Part of our Christmas Barbecue Menu.

Recipe: Moonshine cocktail with boysenberries & mint

Kate tries her hand at cheesemaking

NZ Life & Leisure editor Kate Coughlan, aka Little Miss Muffet, takes a voyage around her great-grandfather and makes cheese.

Tickets available to the Outstanding Food Producer Dinners

Readers in Blenheim, Christchurch and Dunedin can sample the award-winning cuisine at the Outstanding Food Producer Dinners.

The veggie that helps break the sugar habit

Kristina is trying to break her addiction to sugar and she's found there's a veggie on her side.

The 10 best lettuces for a 365-day salad supply

Jenny Somervell selects the best lettuces to grow this summer (and the rest of the year).

Water Cooler: We cook like Chelsea

As a nod to NZ Life & Leisure’s cover star Chelsea Winter, the team put some recipes from the MasterChef winner’s new cookbook Eat to the taste test. It wasn't really a bake-odd just a really good week in the office.

Behind the scenes at the NZ Chocolate Awards

Being a chocolate judge would be many children’s dream. thisNZlife goes behind the scenes at the NZ Chocolate Awards to discover how to taste chocolate like a pro.

Game on for Lumsden salami business

A passion for hunting and a taste for cured meat prompted Chris and Sally Thorn to start their own artisan business in Lumsden.

Recipe: Roast leg of lamb with broad beans with easy gravy

Mint enhances the flavour of both the lamb and the broad beans, bringing a freshness to this dish.

steamed fennel

Recipe: Steamed fennel

This fennel dish makes a lovely addition to a traditional roast meal, or is a good accompaniment to fish and chicken.

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Recipe: Blackberry fool

The case for planting manuka

It can be expensive to plant manuka as a crop, up over $1000 per hectare so it’s not for everyone.

Maori herbal tonic business in growth mode

A young entrepreneur from Great Barrier Island is tasting success from his own bitter medicine

lemon ice cream

All about Meyer lemons PLUS lemon ice cream

Learn how to look after your citrus - and treat yourself with this yummy ice cream recipe.

How to preserve lemons

Preserving lemons requires lots of lemon juice so do it when you have a surplus of lemons on your tree, or they are in season and on special at your local shops.

Simon Gault from plot to plate

Former MasterChef judge Simon Gault’s diabetes diagnosis is a 'sauce' of inspiration for a new food venture and at his restaurant Giraffe where he serves veggies grown in his own garden .

Water cooler: fun with soap, why NZ avocados are very special, and chicks for Ag Day

Recipe: two great avocado ideas

NZ avocados are particularly special, with double the amount of vitamin B6 and 20 per cent more folate than those grown in other parts of the world.

Recipe: Okroshka soup

This cold summer soup, made with kvas, is Russia’s answer to gazpacho.

The Russian fermented drink, brewed in Christchurch

A Christchurch-based couple who met in Russia had a gut feeling a tasty new probiotic would be a hit in New Zealand. They were right

Recipe: Berry yoghurt smoothie

A fruity breakfast treat for when you want to impress.

9 tips for starting a local food co-op

For more than 25 years, the locals of a small rural Southland community have co-operated to provide themselves with mostly locally-grown, organic food. They encourage others to try it, and to learn from their years of experience.

Recipe: Red onion marmalade

Take your cheese board to the next level with this onion marmalade recipe.

Sustainable crayfish venture wins accolades

A flagship venture in the forests of Southland and Otago aligns commercial interests with conservation ideals

Recipe: Koura in a spicy coconut sauce

This recipe is from Luke Adams at Caffe L’affare in Auckland

Recipe: Quinoa fried chicken with coriander salsa

Switch breadcrumbs for quinoa for a gluten-free version of fried chicken.

5 tips for growing in a tunnel house

Whether home-made or custom-designed, having a large covered area in our climate enables us to extend our range of growing times and species.

Recipe: Poor Man's Orange marmalade

Kelly Farrimond's Poor Man's Orange marmalade is a reduced sugar version of a family favourite.

Komatsuna the delicious leafy green (you’ve probably never heard of)

This is one of the most under-rated greens and a great staple vege to get you through winter.

Recipe: Maureen-Ann Farrimond's Pineapple Fruitcake

Maureen-Ann Farrimond's Pineapple Fruitcake is a family favourite.

10 tips for growing saffron

It’s worth as much as gold per gram, but fortunately it’s easy to grow.

Andean superfood quinoa grown in Taihape

A little experiment with a superfood has turned into a win-win business for a young farming couple.

KIMCHI

Recipe: How to make kimchi

 

This Korean fermented cabbage dish has many health benefits.

Recipe: Fermented beetroot

Try fermenting beetroot to add to your next burger or salad rather than opening a can of the sliced stuff.

A beginner's guide to fermenting veggies

From kombucha to kimchi, sauerkraut to sourdough, kefir to kashk, the fermentation bug is catching because it’s tasty, easy and good for you.

Mixed berry & apple yoghurt cake

This yummy berry and apple cake can be served warm like a pudding, or cold with lashings of yoghurt.

No-fail pumpkin and coconut soup

This easy-to-make pumpkin soup is packed with flavour.

Water cooler: In praise of persimmons

This week in the water cooler: We wage a fruit war with Lynda Hallinan over persimmons explore a handy travel photo app, and mow our support for Emirates Team New Zealand.

How to make pumpkin pie in NZ

How to make the classic North American dessert using New Zealand produce.

3 easy ways to share pears

How to preserve pears and two pear chutney recipes to try.

Water cooler: long weekend movies and wild Waikato roads

This week in the water cooler: we review McLaren and Wonder Woman, avoid some nasty slips in the Waikato and put porridge to the test.

Port for duck hunting season

Boutique winemaker Debra Cruickshank has produced a port especially for duck hunting season.

Growing kale over winter

If you’re a bit bored by cabbage for your winter garden, its ‘cousin’ kale is a great-looking, great-tasting alternative.

The 10 most cost-effective edibles to grow

Food is the biggest household expense after accommodation, and the cost of it seems to be skyrocketing year after year, so what are the most high value things you can grow to save money?

Recipe: Windsor Blue cheese, pear and walnut pizza

Is eco-friendly Mangarara Station the future of NZ farming?

Greg and Rachel Hart share a mission: to connect New Zealanders with what they eat, how they live and with the planet itself.

Tips for your best broccoli crop

Broccoli has hit sky-high prices in supermarkets - so why not try growing your own?

Recipe: Gluten-free quinoa tart

This easy-to-make quinoa tart is a tasty and filling dish to serve to guests on a gluten-free diet.

Rigatoni con Salsiccia Siciliana e zucchine

This is a simple dish, yet to do it well you need to concentrate.

Recipe: Spanish cream

This recipe comes from  Jersey Girl Organics, winner of the Dairy Primary category of the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards.

Wild mushroom risotto with prawns and hot-smoked guanciale

This recipe by The Prodigal Daughter founder, Rachel Priestly showcases her own Italian- styled cured meats.

And the winner is...

Meet Sean and Jodi Brosnahan – East Coast farmers, breeders of supreme Angus beef and winners of the inaugural Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards 2017.

Full list of winners for the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards

NZ Life & Leisure proudly supports the annual Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards. With 150 entries, from the Catlins to Kaitaia, the judges were spoilt for choice.

Judges’ kitchen cupboard secrets

It’s almost time for the announcement of the winner of the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards 2017 so thisNZlife asked the award judges to reveal their kitchen secrets.

Vanilla pear, parma ham and blue cheese salad

This recipe by The Mountain Cafe's Kirsten Gilmour is perfect for a light, fresh,  lunch or evening salad.

NZ chef wins over Scottish food critics

Kirsten Gilmour is winning the hearts and stomachs of Scottish food critics one sweetcorn fritter at a time in her cafe in the Scottish Highlands.

Recipe: The Mountain Cafe’s ginger crunch

Scotland based New Zealand chef Kirsten Gilmour, is winning the hearts of UK food critics by serving classics such as ginger crunch.

The brewery that uses wild yeast from Kapiti Island

The wild yeasts of Kapiti Island star in a new brew from a Waikanae company known for its barrel-fermented sour beers.

boiling water to sanitise

How to sanitise water

If water is contaminated after a disaster, there are several ways to purify it.

A healthy food plan for post-emergency power cuts

Food in a refrigerator won’t last long without power so plan your food usage carefully to avoid contamination.

Scientists explore cancer-fighting properties of heritage apples

An everyday accountant is working with New Zealand scientists to explore the disease-fighting properties of heritage apples and orange tomatoes.

The return of the community fridge

Zero-waste blogger Amanda Chapman discusses the community fridge project and her eco heroes.

The mischievous goats behind an award-winning cheese

Naughty yet loveable, the Goodman family’s goats are not just pets but the raw and rather vocal talent in a cheesemaking success story.

Make your own old-fashioned apple jelly

Getting wobbly at the knees about apple jelly.

Gluten-free bread business on the rise

An Auckland entrepreneur is earning a crust with a clever bread mix business.

How your kitchen can go pro

If you think selling food you’ve made in your home kitchen can’t be done legally, you could be in for a delicious surprise. We meet some small-time home-based business people with a passion for food who show how they work within the rules.

How to make herb vinegars

These vinegars look fantastic, taste great, and are very easy to make.

5 weird but really tasty things to make using basil

If you only think pesto when you think of basil, Jenny has some recipes to tickle your tastebuds.

Recipe: peanut butter burgers

Spice up your homemade burgers with a good dollop of peanut butter relish.

Annabel Langbein’s flash-roasted chilli lime salmon

Feeding a crowd?  Annabel Langbein's zesty salmon dish with Nam Prik sauce is ready in 20 minutes.

Water cooler: lettuce soup and pumpkin growing tips

It's a garden harvest special in this week's water cooler as we share tips for growing pumpkins, harvesting fruit and transforming mature lettuce into a delicious soup.

The ultimate self-sufficiency nut

If you love flour and want to be self-sufficient, go nuts.

We try NZ's top artisan cheese

Nadene Hall samples New Zealand's top artisan cheese and comes away smiling.

Pic's Peanut Butter's $50m success story

Serial entrepreneur Pic Picot has learned that nothing pays better than peanuts.

cheese

Why this artisan cheesemaker doesn't get paid

The award-winning owners of Lonely Goat say the costs of compliance are nothing to yodel about, and explain why they are working for love, not money.

How to make fruit leather

The ultimate guide to the do's and don'ts of fruit leather.

Recipe: Esther's gluten-free gingerbread recipe

A favourite gluten-free recipe from Mary Bigg's Country Cooking School.

Berry Frozen Yoghurt

During our March/April 2017 issue, all subscribers (new, current and renewing) will be in the draw to win one of two Vitamix Professional Series 750, valued at $1595 each. Here is something delicious the winners will be able to create.

Recipe: Freshly minted berry smoothie

During our March/April 2017 issue, all NZ subscribers (new, current and renewing) will be in the draw to win one of two Vitamix Professional Series 750, valued at $1595 each. Here is a delicious smoothie recipe the winners will be able to create.

Recipe: Chocolate peanut butter cookies with salted date filling

These chewy and gooey bite-size sweet treats are not only delicious, but gluten-free.

Behind the scenes on the March/April NZ Life & Leisure cover shoot

We share the apple and date cake recipe which appears on the cover of NZ Life & Leisure.

Two fab fig recipes

Kristina Jensen shares two fab fig recipes and the secrets for ensuring they always taste delicious.

'Why I eat with the seasons'

When Loveday Why discovered she had chronic fatigue syndrome, she found the answer to good health was in her garden.

How to choose the right fruit species

You probably shouldn't try growing mangoes if you live in the South Island but don't give up on dreams of citrus, tamarilloes and nashi pears.

Yes, this cow is made of cake

Kim Donker has turned a baking hobby into a thriving home business. She shares tips for getting started without breaking the bank.

The colourful history of carrots

The carrot might seem like one of those boring but reliable veges, but they have a colourful past and a much brighter future in terms of health and organic growing.

The ugly, indispensable quince

It’s completely inedible when raw and dangerous to cut up, with a heady, perfumed scent that is completely at odds with its appearance. Sound like your kind of fruit?

Monique Fiso

How Monique Fiso is raising the bar on Maori cuisine

Monique Fiso is one of the most innovative young chefs in Maori and Pacific cuisine, but it took a job halfway around the world for her to discover her true passion.

Kate's classic tomato recipes

Kate Coughlan shares her great-great-grandmother Elizabeth Parsons'  tomato recipes (converted from pounds and ounces, of course).

Recipe: honey rice crisps

Use a mild-flavoured honey, such as blue borage, in this toasted sesame version of the classic treat.

When is a peach a plum?

Peacherines and nectarines are peach-plum crosses, but there's some debate as to whether they are the same thing.

3 fantastic green bean recipe

Turn a bean overload into three fantastic summer dishes.

Garden pesto

A garden lover's pesto

Basil, parsley, rocket - use whatever greens you have growing in your garden to make this zesty pesto.

How to make a great beetroot juice

It's bright, bold, very red and packs a powerhouse of nutrients. Beetroot's distinguished, rich, purple-crimson colour alone should be a clue to its natural potency.

How to start small in the cheese business

Many people have a dream to become artisan cheesemakers. It was 20 years in the making for Adrian and Jill Walcroft of Cartwheel Creamery, but they’re maturing nicely.

Couple switch corporate life for barrels of rum

An Anglo-American couple find their adventurous spirit by swapping international careers for a Golden Bay distillery and its stock of barrel-aged rum.

Recipe: Chilled cucumber soup

Do you have borage growing in your garden? Try using the petals in this refreshing summer soup.

Recipe: Chilli lime prawn burrito with coriander slaw

The following recipe is fast, low fuss and delicious. It is ideal for feeding a crowd at the family bach.

Martinborough firm riding Mexican wave

Surf-loving foodies Jason and Melissa Philips downsized and relocated to the Wairarapa to give their hand-rolled burrito business the best chance of catching a big break.

Date and almond balls

Recipe: Date and Almond Bliss Balls

These date & almond balls are super easy-to-make recipe and are one of my favourites. They are delicious, bite sized, healthy snacks that I can whip up, freeze and grab when needed, and my kids love them!

chiapudding

Recipe: creamy coconut chia seed pudding

Carine Claudepierre shares a  dairy-free, egg-free breakfast option inspired by tapioca.

How to make cashew cream

Cashew cream is an easy to make dairy-free alternative to whipped cream.

Recipe: Balsamic strawberry bruschetta

If you're looking for something fresh and fancy for Christmas lunch this year, give this balsamic strawberry bruschetta a go.

seared scallops and microgreens.

Zesty scallop and microgreen salad

These zesty summer flavours are the perfect partner for microgreens.

14 tips to a great pumpkin crop

Research is proving that the simple pumpkin is packed with beneficial nutrients. Jenny Somervell tells us just how healthy pumpkins are.

Recipe: Strawberry salad.

Don't reserve strawberries just for  pavlova - liven up your salads with a few colourful berries.

Recipe: Elderflower cordial

This has to be the most divine cordial ever. I can never make enough of it. You just need a small amount in a glass topped up with water and you'll be in heaven. This is how one writer describes it.

Blackcurrant and Honey Bliss Balls

Looking for a treat? These bliss balls will satisfy any sweet craving.

Gluten-free, dairy-free blueberry Christmas tart

French-born New Zealander Carine Claudepierre shares a  dairy-free, gluten-free version of a classic Alsace Christmas recipe.

Why you should give nashi pears another chance

You’ll never know the joy of a truly magical-tasting pear until you grow your own.

How to create the perfect salad

A salad is the celebration of homegrown, leafy vegetables but there’s an art to mixing the perfect salad.

This root is the secret to cooking authentic Thai at home

This root is a spicy little cousin of ginger and a great addition to the garden, especially if you love Thai cooking.

Why the Beer Baroness misses beer

She may have named her first craft beer after a famous lipstick, but brewer Ava Nakagawa is certainly not making beer just for the girls.

How to make Green Tea Smoked Beef

The Pitches Store chef shares his award-winning recipe for Green Tea Smoked Silver Fern Farms Reserve Beef with Beetroot Mustard.

Recipe: Danish crackers

We shared lunch this week, celebrating yet-another milestone, but we would never need a reason to sit down to Rebecca’s crackers.

Recipe: Peanut butter chocolate bites

These peanut butter bites are an easy sweet treat to store in the freezer.

Recipe: Chocolate cranberry oat biscuits

These biscuits were described as 'the best biscuits ever'.

No machine Blackcurrant Ice Cream

This recipe is based on British food writer Delia Smith’s non-churn Blackcurrant Ice Cream.

The quick and slow of Christmas cakes

There is always an easy way and a hard way to do something, and Christmas cake is no different.

Harvesting a culinary profit

Starting a backyard herbal enterprise can be a viable means of earning extra cash. Donna Lee of Cottage Hill Herbs spills her secrets to success.

Can you grow juniper berries in NZ?

Juniper berries aren't typically found in your average kitchen, but this exotic fruit offers a flavour that jumps out at you and can add that extra punch needed to spice up a dish.

How to make almond milk

Kristina Jensen talks about the health benefits of almonds, how to make milk from almonds, and what to do with the leftover pulp.

Recipe: coriander and coconut chutney

This refreshing chutney makes a delicious filling for vegetarian sandwiches. It can also be used as a dipping sauce for meatballs, kebabs or crudités.

Recipe: Fish caldine curry

Seafood is found in abundance in Goan cuisine. The curry gets its colour from turmeric, one of the stars of the spice world, and has a hint of sweetness from the coconut.

From tragedy to red hot business

Jen Viegas is bringing the rich and evocative flavours of Goa to New Zealand gourmets, one spoonful at a time.

Recipe: Bolo de coco coconut and semolina cake

Bolo de Coco is a favourite Goan  sweet treat.

Recipe: Spiced roast potatoes and cauliflower

Recipe: Salted Caramel + Chocolate Chip Cookie

Salted caramel is all the rage at the moment. Yet to be converted? These cookies from Bluebells Cakery and Karla Goodwin may just tempt you over the line.

New Zealand sake scoops international award

New Zealand-made Zenkuro sake is ranked among the world's best.

bakedapple with cheese

Recipe: Blue cheese stuffed apples

This is a gorgeous and simple alternative to the traditional after-dinner cheese board.

The tweet that transformed a cheese business

Mt Eliza raw milk cheese has been described by one foodie as like watching colour television after years of black and white.

A guide to wheat-free pizza bases

Try these gluten-free alternatives to a standard wheat-based pizza crust.

How a coffee addiction led to a tea business

Wellington tea maker’s three herbal blends are led by gut instinct, ensuring what’s tasty also nurtures body and mind.

How to reduce food waste

More than half the food thrown out by Kiwi households could be eaten.

Recipe: Cacao nib bliss balls

These cacao bliss balls are a yummy sweet treat - without the guilt.

How a 100kg bag of cacao beans changed lives in two countries

A Havelock North's desire to support  Pacific Island farmers has led to sweet business success.

A beginner's foray into pickled onions

Urban eco warrior, DIY enthusiast and experimental cook, Jessica Rose finds herself in a pickle.

Sheep hard at work at organic winery

Going organic was a pragmatic decision for the owners of Bellbird Winery.

banana bread waffles

Recipe: Banana bread waffles

For organic month, Kiwi firm, All Good Organics shares with us a recipe for delicious banana bread waffles and whipped coconut cream

wood burner stove

A beginner’s guide to wood burning stoves

Fans of the wood-burning stove explain why they find an old-fashioned form of cooking far more satisfying than modern gadgetry.

Finding work/life balance

A personal quest for work/life balance is at the core of a new restaurant and wellness centre run by a top chef and his yogi wife.

Recipe: 5 Seed Sourdough

This delicious wheat free bread takes a little planning but is easy to make.

Take a leek & make a cake

Leeks are a vegetable that Kristina loves and hates, and then she gets baking.

10 things to know about growing walnuts

The fabulous walnut is a tasty treat for the home orchard owner, or a potential future crop with New Zealand’s climate meaning we can produce high quality nuts.

Gingko tree

Grow your own ginkgo tea

This tree species survived the annihilation of dinosaurs and is still a garden favourite and makes a good cuppa too.

SALAD

The 100 mile diet

In 2005, a city-living couple from Canada decided to try eating only food grown locally within a 100 mile radius of their home.

Brendan Seal of Urbn Vino

Winemaking in the city

A canny Central Otago winemaker gives Pinot Noir some good city legs.

giant pumpkin

Grow a giant pumpkin

If you've ever wondered how people win pumpkin-growing competitions, get ready for some seriously strange gardening.

chocolate stout cake

Recipe: chocolate stout cake

Kristina  Jenson brews up some great beer-based recipes, including a fabulously decadent chocolate cake.

parsnip

Three amazing parsnip recipes

Don't overlook this gourmet low calorie vegetable. Jenny Somervell shares three tasty parsnip recipes.

Using herbs to aid stress

When she began she thought $100 was a good day's takings, now Brownwyn Lowe is helping hundreds of people cure the symptoms of stress.

Turn this banana peel into cake

Turn this peel into a cake

Don't throw away your banana peels, they are the secret ingredient in this cake.

chocolate chilli sauce

Chilli facts for the chilly weather

What happens to your body when you eat chilli and how do you put out a chilli fire in your mouth? Jenny Somervell answers these burning questions.

Recipe: deconstructed cheesecake

This edible flower cheesecake tastes as good as it looks.

Auckland edible flower business blooming

A South Auckland grower shares the secrets of her edible garden.

CUP OF TEA

The perfect cup of tea

New Zealand has a good climate for growing tea. Here's our guide to making the perfect cuppa from garden to table.

baguette making

How to make baguette

This simple no-knead baguette is perfect for beginners.

rhubarb and rosehip jam

Rhubarb and rosehip jam

Gather rosehips and rhubarb to make this yummy winter jam.

mallard ducks

How to pluck a duck

Brush up on your plucking skills for duck shooting season.

Passionfruit macadamia truffles.

Macadamia passionfruit truffles

Make these truffles even when passionfruit is out of season.

Gluten-free spiced apple cake.

Gluten-free spiced apple cake

Pantry adventurer Duncan White shares this gluten-free alternative to this afternoon tea classic.

beetroot red velvet cake

3 easy beetroot recipes

Easy to grow and delicious, beetroot are a versatile vegetable in the kitchen.

4 Reasons why microgreens are our health heroes (and how to grow them)

Easy to grow and  nutritious, microgreens are a winter garden goer.

Does a cup of tea taste better with Jersey cow milk?

A Waikato farming family takes the cow by the teats and markets its own jersey milk.

Macademia

Maori macadamia industry tough to crack

Vanessa Hayes, aka the Nut Lady, is on a mission to establish a nut industry for Maori on the East Coast.

8 must-try microgreens

There isn’t anything else you could grow this easily that tastes this good.

Tagines in Morocco,

How to cook with a tagine

The accidental inheritance of a tagine has meant more food experiments for Jenny Somervell and Chef Ken.

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From a crop of potatoes to a booming enterprise

Starting with a single crop of potatoes, a Gisborne farmer has created one of New Zealand's largest and most innovative horticultural businesses.

Norfolk fruit chutney recipe

Kate’s favourite Norfolk fruit chutney

NZ Life & Leisure editor Kate Coughlan has been making this delicious chutney for more than 30 years.

New Zealand's first sake brewery.

Turning Japanese: brewing sake in Queenstown

There's a new sake brewery in Queenstown. How it got there involves three middle-aged men, helicopter honeymoon flights, rugby and karate all knitted together.

Recipe: Roasted carrot salad with goat's cheese cream

This recipe from Little Poms is made with a kaleidoscope of vegetables from Cultivate Christchurch’s gardens.

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