Food Archive

Not your average boozer: Boxer is set to raise the bar in Auckland’s cocktail scene

The small team behind the much-lauded Pasture is opening a bar – and true to form, it's going to be unlike anything we've seen in New Zealand before.

A love letter to Tony’s, a beacon of permanence in an uncertain world

Words of reverence for a culinary institution in downtown Auckland.

In defence of tofu, the maligned culinary chameleon

Jean Teng has had a lifetime of people telling her they despise tofu, when really they just don't know what to do with it – or have been served it by someone who doesn't.

Emily Writes: If you don’t know the price of cheese, you’re not fit to run the country

The leader of the National Party, Judith Collins, doesn't know how much cheese costs.

‘We deserve better’: NZ food writers respond to diversity concerns

A recent Spinoff piece prompted much discussion in the industry. Here, four writers respond.

Recipe: Cheese and onion sourdough waffles

Waffles don't need to be sweet – these cheese and onion numbers make an excellent savoury breakfast with an egg, or an equally tasty dinner with leftover mince.

Dietary Requirements: In praise of food courts

On this month's food podcast, we're hangin' at the mall.

Grazing boards and frozen grapes: A review of Simone Anderson’s cookbook

If you’ve ever wondered what influencers have to offer to the world, look no further than Simone Anderson’s new recipe book So Delish!

Recipe: Pumpkin, silverbeet and barley soup

Soup season is here! This flavoursome spiced pumpkin number is bulked up with the addition of grains and hearty greens.

Nadia Lim on how she helped a nation take to the kitchen

Sam Brooks meets the woman who saved him from six weeks of living on wine and toast.

Commercial Bay is weirdly radical and the future of malls

A new mall in downtown Auckland prizes food over shopping and public transport over private.

In celebration of the ‘Eskimo’ exit from NZ grocery shelves

I was appalled that New Zealand was still using the word, and I'm delighted it has seen sense.

Food product recalls are on the rise – but how much is slipping through the cracks?

From metal-spiked muffin splits and toxic fish to potentially fatal peanut traces, recalls have more than tripled in recent years.

The beautiful horror of the Australian Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Book

Who had the clown cake? Who had the terrible duck with chips for a beak? Who didn't have the bloody train cake?

‘New Korean’ restaurant Gochu is giving classic flavours a modern twist

The duo behind Parnell eatery Simon & Lee talk Gochu, their latest venture in Auckland’s Commercial Bay.

Where to eat and drink at Auckland’s Commercial Bay: A curated guide

It's been a long time coming. Does Commercial Bay live up to the hype?

Terrible news: the avocado crime gangs are about to strike again

For four years running, at the exact same time of year, New Zealand has been terrorised by gangs of avocado thieves.

Te Puke’s golden promise: Harnessing the post-Covid potential of a furry little fruit

The horticultural industry has picked up 2,000 New Zealanders made unemployed over the past few months. What lies in wait for them?

Food media’s diversity problem: What NZ can learn from the Bon Appétit saga 

As the American media giant comes under fire for its treatment of POC contributors, it's time to talk about the whiteness of food media in Aotearoa.

So fresh, so green: Hophead heaven is harvest time in Nelson

An urgent excursion to her hoppy homeland shows Alice Neville why brewers and beer drinkers the world over seek out Nelson's pungent bounty.

Recipe: Banana, chocolate and star anise muffins

Spice up the classic banana muffin with a subtle touch of star anise.

The good, the bad, and the fishy: The complicated truth about fishing quotas

Is the quota management system a global success story or an overly generous, unsustainable scheme that is doing lasting damage to our fish stocks?

What went wrong with Eat Local NZ?

Eat Local NZ promised a more ethical alternative to Uber Eats. Now its founder says he's 'devastated and defeated' after falling out with his Australian business partner.

A dog and its human taste-test Aotearoa’s poshest canine cuisine

We disregard commonsense and 'only for pet consumption' labelling to review dog food fit for a king.