Why is there still so much plastic in our supermarkets?

OK, so we've got rid of plastic bags. But what about all the other stuff? Phasing plastic packaging out is a mammoth task, but some of the industry's main players are working hard to promote change.

Why I love: Cielito Lindo, mind-blowing Mexican food next to the dump

In the second in our (rather sporadic) series "Why I love", Hayden Donnell is convinced that Auckland’s best Mexican food is tucked away in an unlikely spot in Henderson.

Recipe: Blackberry and peach muffins

Easy baking to celebrate the best of late-summer fruit. 

Ending the magical thinking on compostable packaging

Is switching to compostable packaging a solution for New Zealand's plastic problem? Don't get too excited too soon, warn experts.

Food Archive

DOC hut gastronomy: How to banish the bleak from your tramping food

You may be far from civilisation, but there's no need to resort to the depressing or the dehydrated while getting amongst the wilderness. 

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #83: Magnum dairy-free ice cream

Today, Jihee Junn taste tests Magnum’s new dairy-free ice cream.

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #82: Whittaker’s new coconut ice chocolate

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Whittaker's controversial coconut ice 'gender reveal' chocolate.

Our Stories on Plate: empowering migrant women by sharing food

Women from migrant and refugee backgrounds celebrate food and storytelling from their cultures at Renu Sikka's Auckland workshops.

Recipe: Vanilla honey cashews and tamari almonds

Resist the call of the vending machine by having a batch of these tucked away for afternoon cravings.

Food podcast: Fritters, cocktails and the resurrection of Al Brown

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms.

These are the 10 best sandwich fillings

Emily Writes is hungry so she wrote about sandwiches, the most perfect food in the universe.

The Health Star Ratings are set for a major shake-up, but how much is really changing?

Five years on, proposed changes to the Health Star Ratings could see one in five products have their ratings change. But does it really go far enough? 

Why we need to make composting cool

Composting plays a huge role in the fight against climate change, but how do we inspire people to actually do it?

10 more lollies that Cadbury can ruin next

It might feel like Cadbury has done enough damage already, but things could just be getting started.

The perfect dish: Unctuous, gooey, soul-nourishing knafeh

Jo Bates tracks down the elusive sweet Middle Eastern cheese delicacy that is as at home on the breakfast table as it is on a dessert menu.

Recipe: Sesame, coriander and chicken sandwich filling

Reboot your school lunch repertoire – or your office lunch repertoire, for that matter – with a delicious new sandwich filling.