Food Archive

Recipe: Lemon, ginger and turmeric ice blocks

When you're hot and thirsty after a long day of doing not a hell of a lot because it's the holidays, you'll praise last week's you for having the foresight to make these bad boys.

Summer reissue: The Spinoff reviews and rates New Zealand’s best petrol station pies

Finally, the definitive ranking of Aotearoa's favourite snack – featuring notes of burnt marshmallow, wet undies and duplicitous giraffes. 

Summer reissue: Meet NZ’s most controversial food blogger

Albert Cho, the 21-year-old student whose sweary Instagram stoush with an Auckland cafe ended in racist abuse and thousands of new followers, opens up to Samuel Flynn Scott over some of Dominion Road's finest.

‘Like putting a magic spell in my mouth’: The Spinoff’s 2018 food and drink highs

The Spinoff Food whānau and friends reveal the best things they put in their gobs this year.

How I saved the planet by becoming a flexitarian

In 2018, Leonie Hayden decided she didn't want to each as much meat for the good of the planet – but also realised 'flexitarian' is a stupid word, and we're all going to die anyway.

Summer reissue: Meet the Ukrainian nuclear engineer making spirits in Puhoi

In an unassuming spot just outside of our biggest city, exacting standards and secret methods are producing some of the smoothest spirits you’ll ever try.

That one time I spent Christmas with Alison Holst

A chance encounter leads to a Christmas-phobe having a magical dinner with the first lady of New Zealand food.

Recipe: Strawberry and brown sugar frozen yoghurt ice blocks

Whip up these easy, classy ice blocks at home and save yourself a trip to the dairy on a stinking hot afternoon.

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 23

Every day in the lead-up to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Our arbitrary and strictly enforced word limit: 365. …

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 20

Today: Jihee Junn on Christmas desserts.

It’s a slam Dunc: Meet the beer that’s a bit like a gin

Alice discovers that juniper and hops are a match made in heaven, while Henry pops the cork on a bargain bottle of bubbly. 

Dinner with a cool granny in the neighbourhood? Sign us up

Working to combat New Zealand’s loneliness epidemic, Dinner Together matches volunteers with elderly people for a cup of tea and a spot of dinner.

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 19

Every day in the lead-up to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Today: José Barbosa on the perfect milkshake.

Podcast: It’s the Dietary Requirements Christmas special!

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

Pét-nat, what the heck’s that?

This lightly sparkling natural wine has been popping up on drinks lists all over the show, and it's not going away any time soon.

The festive joy of making your own fruit mince

Sure, you could buy it in a tub – hell, you could just buy a packet of ready-made pies – but that's not the point. The point is Christmas contentment.

Common ground: Behind the scenes of the hāngī

In the latest in the Frame documentary series produced for The Spinoff by Wrestler and funded by NZ on Air, we follow chef Luke Adams as he prepares a hāngī for his children's school fundraiser. 

Coconuts, curries and multiple courses: Living large in Sri Lanka

A whistle-stop tour of southern Sri Lanka is a culinary overload of colour and fragrance – but ordering a beer can be, er, weird.

The Spinoff Kitchen: How to glaze a Christmas ham

Sophie and Emerald Gilmour share two delicious glazes plus some ingenious tips for getting the best out of your Freedom Farms ham this Christmas.

Don’t bottle it: Drinks tips for summer parties

Whatever you do, don't leave people to their own devices. (But do ask them to bring ice.)

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 13

Every day in the lead-up to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Our arbitrary and strictly enforced word limit: 365. Today: Sam Brooks on why cocktail snobbery is for losers.

Is it ever OK to put ice in your wine?

A fruity rosé inspires Henry to issue some eyebrow-raising advice, and Alice gets into the festive spirit. 

It’s bubbles season, darlings! How to choose the right fizz for any occasion

From beach outings to barbecues to battling feelings of festive stress, December is jam-packed with moments made for popping the cork on something sparkling.