Turkish Delight

Cumhur (Jimmy) Akbaba's shisha pipes decorate the counter above his desk. A Turkish water pipe, also called nargile in Turkey, the pipes allow people to smoke flavoured tobacco as it bubbles through water. Watermelon, grape, blueberry and liquorice... Read More

Warm up with a decadent winter pudding

Ingredients:160g butter, soft100g brown sugar4 eggs80g macadamia nuts, chopped100g white chocolate buttons1/2 cup semolina flour1/2 tsp baking powder1 cup plain flour1/2 tsp salt1 Tbsp ground cardamon1 cup of milk For the sauce:150g butter200g brown... Read More

Crafting tempting dishes

Bringing a Mediterranean style of cooking to your kitchen is easier than you think, and it's a small change that your taste buds will thank you for. Using quality ingredients makes simple meals come to life. Open a can of true Italian tomatoes... Read More

From waste to waist

Pies, pizzas, roast beef, a crate of fresh produce, bagels, international sweets, 20 dozen eggs, a sack of bakery food, 20 2L milk containers; all packed high into four full trolleys – and that's just today's haul. All from one supermarket,... Read More

Delectable delights

Life is all about treating yourself and those you care about. If you've been out in the garden, you deserve a break. If you've taken your dog for a walk or cycled around the Brookfield boardwalk, it's easy to pop in for a well-earned... Read More

The hobby of honey

Wayne Apiti throws out apiary terminology and jargon like a seasoned pro, but although he's been involved with bees for five years, he's new to the apiary game. “People were keeping hives on the family property, after signing Dad to... Read More

A social breakfast

There is nothing better to start the day than a ‘social breakfast'. It was a real pleasure to review the new breakfast menu for Mount Social Club. My first impressions when handed the menu were: ‘Wow, finally a breakfast menu with a... Read More

Claire's Choices

December is upon us. Like most of you, I am left wondering where the year disappeared to? It's been a while since I wrote my wine columns, a subject dear to my heart. And I've had a lot of people ask me when I'm going to start writing... Read More

Legally sweet

Alan Tate talks about honeybees and their sweet nectar with a sparkle in his eye and an infectious enthusiasm in his voice; the former lawyer's personality goes against the legal profession stereotype of big egos and monetary motivations. So how... Read More

The Bay on display

The Bay of Plenty is aptly named, really – plenty of sunshine, plenty of cheer, plenty of produce – and Tauranga chef Peter Blakeway will be proudly showing off the Bay's plentifulness to the nation.“Any time we get to showcase... Read More