Going down the gluten-free road

Culinary Conversationswith Peter BlakewayFood writer, caterer and private chef For this week's recipe, I thought I'd go down the gluten-free route. We tend to think gluten-free is a modern phenomenon closely related to food processing's... Read More

Bring out all the good stuff

Culinary Conversationswith Peter BlakewayFood writer, caterer and private chef 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... Read More

Let’s eat local and in season

Culinary Conversationswith Peter BlakewayFood writer, caterer and private chef We're fast approaching the time when we need to use up or preserve the last of the summer produce in the garden. Or for those without a kitchen garden, the last... Read More

Buying and choosing mussels carefully

Culinary Conversationswith Peter BlakewayFood writer, caterer and private chef Some wonderful friends are in France at the moment. And to be honest, I'm madly jealous. This time a few years ago we took a trip to the Basque region of southern... Read More

Food for Christmas

Culinary Conversationswith Peter BlakewayFood writer, caterer and private chef Christmas is nearly upon us. So our annual attempt to eat and drink our own body weight is nearly upon us. As the whole summer stretches before us we get the glorious... Read More

Introducing Rose

Mills Reef Winery winemaker Paul Dawick introduces the new 2016 Reserve Rosé. The grapes for this sumptuous Rosé were sourced from our premier vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels wine growing district, crafted entirely from Merlot grapes harvested... Read More

Bay chef is back!

Culinary Conversationswith Peter BlakewayFood writer, caterer and private chef As some of you know by now I've started as a tutor of culinary arts at Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology – yes I know, it's still the Bay of Plenty... Read More

Understanding the seasonality of our food

Culinary Conversationswith Peter BlakewayFood writer, caterer and private chef With parents that were market gardeners, fishermen and farmers, we grew up with a strong understanding of the seasons and the anticipation of waiting for the new season's... Read More

The changing face of the kitchen

Culinary Conversationswith Peter BlakewayFood writer, caterer and private chef I know I'm biased, but the fact is our kitchens have reflected the social and economic changes in our society throughout history. Go back in time and the kitchen... Read More

Who still does a Sunday roast?

Culinary Conversationswith Peter BlakewayFood writer, caterer and private chef During the last few weeks I've been talking about the changing of the seasons and how that changes the way we eat. This has brought me, almost inevitably to the... Read More



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