Food Archive

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #91: Currizza, the capital’s curry-pizza hybrid

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Alice Neville critiques a curious culinary union. 

Recipe: Carrot top pesto

Don't chuck those lovely feathery green carrot tops in the compost bin – make this instead!

Why are we fighting so hard to save milk?

While the debate around methane continues to stink up the place, we are overlooking countless different ways to protect our food security in the future, writes climate activist Melanie Vautier. 

How scary is no dairy? The Spinoff’s great big vegan cheese tasting

A crack team of Spinoff taste testers munched their way through 34 dairy-free cheese alternatives to bring you this definitive list of the good, the bad and the ugly.

It takes more than a month to save the planet

Plastic Free July is over, but Josie Adams is still fighting for the environment. After a month of minimising plastics, emissions and even recyclables, she reflects on what she’s learned.

Why Wellington is the world’s best food city

Simon Day has eaten great food in iconic cities all over the world. Nothing beats Wellington's food scene, even on a bad day.

If life gives you grapefruit, make marmalade

Sure, it's not as easy to love as the versatile lemon or the alluring tangelo, but the grapefruit has its place, says Amanda Thompson – and that place is on your toast. 

The pickles of New Zealand, reviewed and ranked

Pickle fanatic Dara Flaws brings us this definitive list of which gherkins are worth their brine.

The beloved Auckland eatery that quietly opened an UberEats ‘ghost restaurant’

The staunchly independent and popular Auckland eatery Coco's Cantina has launched a ghost restaurant on UberEats, and it 'shows that our industry is not in a healthy place', says the restaurant's owner.

Recipe: Pumpkin and blue cheese pasta

Pumpkin and blue cheese is one of the most comforting flavour combos of our time, so make a big pot of this and dive in (literally, if you want – we won't judge).  

When all the world’s a stage and all the stage’s a kitchen

In Mrs Krishnan's Party, Kalyani Nagarajan plays the lead role and cooks the audience dinner to boot. What could possibly go wrong?

Food podcast: Crispy bottoms and scones – a cross-cultural culinary journey

In this month's Dietary Requirements podcast we're joined by comedian Pax Assadi to discuss the merits (or lack thereof) of white people food.

Kale is cancelled: Here are five greens that are better

The modern zeal for eating this cruciferous crap must count among the most ridiculous food fads of our time, says Amanda Thompson.

Low waste living with my best friend, Miriama Kamo

For the month of July, Josie Adams is taking on the challenge of being low-waste. That means minimising plastics, emissions, and even recyclable. This is week three.

Recipe: This fermented lime pickle is your new secret weapon

A little bit of effort and a few weeks of patience will reward you with a secret weapon that'll jazz up all manner of dishes.  

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #89: ‘Edible’ packing peanuts

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Josie Adams eats packing peanuts.

Sharp relief: One of New York’s best bartenders on the rise of bitter drinks

Why are bitter cocktails so hot right now? It could have a little something to do with Sother Teague. 

Tech is taking over retail, which is why investing in humans is crucial

At the same time as supermarkets adapt to increasing demands for online shopping, some supermarkets are investing in the development of their people.

Kombucha, kava and Coke, oh my! Behind the scenes of my wild Dry July bender

Committed alcohol enthusiast Samuel Flynn Scott investigates whether it's possible to have fun – and find drinks that hit the spot – when booze is not an option. 

Auckland bar owner left Canada under cloud

Cave à Vin founder Zane Kelsall says he has been in 'intense therapy' following sexual misconduct claims in Halifax.

How to live low waste when you ooze waste from every pore

"It turns out being low waste is compromising my love life."

A definitive ranking of the apples of New Zealand

Tara Ward sets out on a valiant quest to find the best apple in Aotearoa. 

Ranking the fish from THAT fish and chip poster

Every fish on the iconic New Zealand Commercial Fish Species poster, ranked. 

Recipe: Easy breakfast rice pudding

For when toast or cereal just doesn't cut it, but you don't have the time or inclination to do any actual cooking, try this.