The big yeasty debate

The issue polarises families. They are one or the other. They are either Marmite or Vegemite. Like they are Protestant or Roman Catholic. They are never both. My family was Marmite. The next door neighbours were Vegemite. It defined us. But it's... Read More

Half of us need a coffee kick-start

If you feel you can't get through the morning without a coffee to kick-start things – don't worry, a new survey suggest you are not alone. A survey of 1902 Kiwis reveals 44 per cent need a coffee to get them going in the morning. Also,... Read More

It’s all about the flavour

What we eat is supposed to be fun and happy – not the scary and the competitive sport it is being portrayed as on our television screens. Delving into my Mediterranean food roots has reminded me that at the end of the day, it really is all about... Read More

Buffet dining at a new level

Would you like to dine on an entrée, main and dessert from just $39.90, or only $35.90 if you are a member? When you think buffet restaurant dining, forget thoughts of a few roast veges and some meat… Oak Tree Restaurant has so much to... Read More

Poached pear to remember

Like all chefs, there is a bit of a showman in me – some would say show pony – and so to get an ‘Oo-er' moment from an assembled crowd is, to be honest, what I do it for. Of course this is what I do for a living and what I realise... Read More

Country of origin labelling a step close

Bay of Plenty residents – along with fellow Kiwis – are one step closer to being able to identify exactly where the fruit and vegetables they purchase are from. The Consumers' Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill passed its... Read More

Bring out all the good stuff

Easter's coming, the musicians are warming up and the weather's going to be great –I hope! And that makes it time to celebrate before winter is upon us. How and why chocolate, eggs and bunny rabbits ended up being associated with Easter... Read More

Enjoying autumn’s fruit

The seasonal shift to autumn brings with it a new crop of great tasting and delicious fruit to enjoy, according to 5+ A Day. Autumn is a feast of riches for fruit lovers – and the charitable trust is encouraging Bay of plenty residents to chomping. From... Read More

Savouries to divide a nation

  The humble steak and cheese pie has proven to be a crowd favourite among Kiwis after beating out the mince and cheese by a small slice. Customer satisfaction research and ratings business Canstar Blue surveyed more than 2000 Kiwis to find out the... Read More

New tech for children

They're learning how to cook, how to sew, how to run a news channel and how to programme a robot – all before they hit their teen years. The pupils at Greenpark School in Greerton have taken to their new technology suite like ducks to water... Read More