A new range of wines - with a twist!

I had been looking forward to our lunch date with Dan Shea from Mills Reef for a while, having heard a lot of talk about the new ‘Bespoke' range of wines. I am pleased to say, it was totally worth the wait! As always, perfect location, perfect... Read More


I heard that Carolie de Koster was running her cooking classes from her new kitchen in Omokoroa so I went along and joined in with the cheesemaking class. It was the coldest day in July but possibly the warmest-hearted kitchen in the Bay. The previous... Read More

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