Food Archive

Cha chow down: A food comic about Courtenay Place’s cosiest cave

Liliana Mañetto Quick illustrates her love for Cha, a haven of calm on Courtenay Place.

When the savvy bubble bursts: Ending NZ’s love affair with sauvignon blanc

Of every dozen bottles of wine NZ exports, 10 are sauvignon blanc. That's a problem.

Mince charming: In praise of a humble Kiwi staple

From spag bol to nachos to dan dan noodles, is there anything it can't do?

Dietary Requirements: What is seltzer and why is it suddenly everywhere?

The Dietary Requirements team drag Lucy and Matt out of the office and into the studio to discuss some of The Spinoff’s most controversial food topics from the past week.

How AF Drinks is helping lift the non-alcoholic beverage game

This week, host Simon Pound is joined by Eat My Lunch founder Lisa King to talk about her new venture, AF Drinks.

Covid will change restaurant design forever. Are we ready?

The challenges of 2020 have cemented the importance of having flexibility and adaptability top of mind when creating hospitality spaces.

Recipe: Sourdough English muffins

Whether savoury or sweet, plain or piled high with toppings, these English muffins will take your sourdough game to a new level.

Beervana: a different kind of beer festival, viewed nine ways

After years watching it unfold on social media with a growing envy, Duncan Greive finally hit the road to Beervana 2019. 

Spice up your life: Putting Cassia in your kitchen

Anna King Shahab spoke to Sid and Chandni Sahrawat about their new range of sauces and spices blends for home cooks and shares some recipes. 

Nourishing community, nurturing culture: Why boil-up is so much more than a feed

Boil-up tells a story of connection to family, hapū, iwi or marae – and for urban Māori, it's a way to tap into the comfort of cultural connection.

Inside the secretive world of weird flavoured chips

What Big Chip doesn't want you to know.

Dietary Requirements: Monique Fiso on her incredible new book and the kai Māori renaissance

This month on Dietary Requirements, chef Monique Fiso joins us for a chat about Hiakai – her acclaimed Wellington restaurant, and the title of her stunning new book.

Every meat-free fast food burger in New Zealand, reviewed and ranked

Forget your $18 boutique-black-bean-and-quinoa-mushclump-in-a-brioche-bun numbers – these are the best meatless fast food burgers a few coins can buy.

All fired up: Māngere gets set for first-ever marae food festival

This weekend’s Te Ahi Kōmau festival will celebrate South Auckland's fiery volcanic past and amazing produce.

Deal-bakers: the very best biscuits for a winning negotiation, revealed

Mallowpuffs or mint slice? Krispies or Squiggles? NZ's finest minds on the biscuit of the deal.

Recipe: Water kefir

Kombucha is so 2019.

New Zealand’s gluten-free bread, reviewed and ranked

What qualities does one look for in a great gluten-free bread?

A world beyond our feet: Rethinking our relationship with where we grow our kai

A new book aims to centre matauranga Māori in the quest to stop treating our soil like, well, dirt.

Some friendly advice for Duncan Garner as he embarks on a year of veganism

Hints for a happy, healthy vegan life as the AM Show host prepares to adopt a plant-based diet for the next 12 months.

How to assemble a Kiwi classic: 25 years of culture and kūmara fries

One of New Zealand's most revered culinary exports, BurgerFuel is also one of our most enduring.

How to make the perfect election night party spread

The best party foods to help you throw an election night shindig, whatever your politics.

Masterchef’s Josh Emett on opening a restaurant of his own

The Michelin-starred Masterchef judge tells Simon Pound what it was like working for Gordon Ramsay, and what inspired him to open two new restaurants – in 2020, of all years.

We were lovin’ it: Farewell, McDonald’s Queen Street

We bid adieu to Auckland's oldest Maccas with some saucy stories from a Queen Street icon.

Why New Zealand needs a national food strategy

What we eat defines our economy, our health, our environment and our culture. That's why we need a plan for the future of our food systems.