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Wine tasting tips and tricks

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Some of us have no idea how to taste wine, some of us would call ourselves professionals.  For those of you open to learning here are some great tips and tricks for tasting wine: Using your nose The majority of your sense of taste comes from your nose. This is the most important part of… Read more »

Are your tastebuds up to scratch for tasting wine?

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We have all come across it before, your tasting a new food or wine, you find it appealing, while your friend finds it disgusting. Why is that? And how does it happen? Sure, we all have taste buds in our mouths but we all have different amounts, with different strengths. Therefore, food and wine tastes… Read more »

Recipe of the Week: Grilled chicken salad

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Inspired by the popular curried chicken salad, this grilled chicken salad recipe calls for an Indian tandoori-style yogurt marinade for the chicken. Then it’s grilled, chopped, and stirred together with tangy dressing, which includes store-bought mango chutney. If you prefer more spicy heat, add a bit more ground red pepper. Ingredients 1 tablespoon canola oil… Read more »

Food and Wine pairing of the week: Chicken, tomato and mozzarella gnocchi

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Chicken, tomato and mozzarella gnocchi is a simple dish that gives you the alternative to mashed, boiled or fried potatoes with chicken. Gnocchi are little Italian potato dumplings that cook quickly and will mop up some of the lovely, garlicky, tomato sauce. Ingredients Small head of broccoli, cut into small florets 500g pack fresh gnocchi… Read more »

Food and Wine pairing of the week: Slow-roasted shredded pork with thyme, taleggio & lemon-dressed rocket pizza dressing

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We can’t bring Jamie Oliver to your house for lunch or dinner, but we can bring one of his delicious recipes to your computer for you to create. This week we have found a scrumptious pork and thyme pizza for all you Friday night social butterflys to enjoy in the comfort of your own home…. Read more »

Food and Wine pairing of the week: Soy glazed New Zealand king Salmon with pak choi, ginger & garlic chips

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Ingredients 400gms New Zealand King Salmon – skin removed & portioned into 100gm pieces 40gm Fresh Ginger root – peeled and sliced very thinly into wafers 4-5 Large garlic cloves – sliced thinly into wafers 1 tablespoon Sesame seeds – lightly toasted 4 stems Pak choi 100mls Dark sweet soy sauce Ginger & Garlic Chips… Read more »

Food and Wine pairing of the week: NZ Greenshell mussels with tomato, pesto and bacon sauce

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Did someone say mussels? Yes please! This delicious meal packs an amazing flavoursome punch. Impress your house guests with this beautiful serving at the dining table. Ingredients 1 kg (2.2 lbs) New Zealand Greenshell mussels – frozen half shell (thawed) or live mussels scrubbed and de-bearded 150mls Olive Oil 1 large Garlic Clove – minced 1 Onion… Read more »

Does the size, shape, look of your wine glass actually matter?

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Why exactly are wine glasses shaped in particular ways? Is it actually relevant to the wine? And does it really matter? The answer is yes! It does matter and even those people who are new to wine drinking or tasting can easily learn to identify the best glass to use. There are hundreds of styles… Read more »

Food and Wine Pairing of the week – Thai Eggplant Salad

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We just love eggplant! The iron, calcium and other minerals in eggplant supply the essential nutrients required by the body.  All this, while relishing a highly  flavorful veggie. Eggplants contain certain essential phyto nutrients which improve blood  circulation and nourish the brain. But remember—these nutrients are concentrated  in the skin of the eggplant, so don’t peel and… Read more »