Raspberry & Orange Shrub

Words and Images by Emma Galloway I don’t drink alcohol, so I’m always playing around with alcohol-free beverages that still have a celebratory air about them. Fruit shrubs (aka drinking vinegars) are one I turn to throughout the year, using all manner of seasonal fruit and flavourings. Here I’ve kept it simple with raspberries and […]

Coffee Conversation

If, as café customers, we’ve learnt one thing post Covid, it’s patience. The hospitality industry has been hit hard by a pandemic of staff shortages. Most have signs on their doors advertising for baristas, chefs or wait persons. The government-imposed hoops to jump made acquiring permanent staff from overseas arduous and time consuming. Many of […]

NZ vs France

I fell in love with Pinot Noir in France. Exploring a French supermarché with baguette, ham and Camembert in hand, I entered the wine aisle to pick up a bottle of red to enjoy. Gone were the labels I was used to. Where was the Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé? Replaced with Chateau de something, […]

GRAPE – ness

In 1817 novelist and poet Thomas Love Peacock wrote, “The juice of the grape is the liquid quintessence of concentrated sunbeams.” And as I nurse a fresh throbbing wasp sting on my hand, I can’t help but agree. Harvesting a few bunches from my own vines for this shoot was not without risk, such is […]

Refreshing and Sparkling, Iced Herb Teas

Words Natalie Jaques, Images Vicki Ravlich Horan Long sunny days and balmy evenings, BBQs, Christmas and New Year functions, these all symbolise the Kiwi summer. It is customary to feel like something refreshing to drink at the end of the day, whether it is to share with friends, to cool off with, or to just […]


Recipe Bar Centrale, Images Brydie Thompson A simple and refreshing Italian classic that relies on just three ingredients. Campari is an Italian aperitif infused with herbs and fruits that will bring a little punch of bitterness to the drink. You can choose your favourite sweet vermouth here, but it should be stored in the fridge […]

Heidi’s Spring Breeze Juice

Recipe Heidi Jennings, Image Ashlee Decaires Aptly named Spring Breeze because of its refreshing, zesty taste, this juice will make your insides sing! Serves 2 4 green apples, cored and quartered 2 whole cucumbers, roughly chopped 5–6 stalks celery, roughly chopped leaves of 4 mint sprigs juice of 1 lime Place all ingredients into a […]

Like a Virgin

The consumption of alcohol is falling, both globally and here in New Zealand. There are many reasons for this decline, from social media through to a more health-conscious population, especially among the younger generation. Whether you have eliminated alcohol completely, are embarking on Dry July, or just cutting down there is a growing number of […]

Lamb Loin with Smoked Kūmara Mash, Kawakawa Pesto & Horopito Salt

Recipes Vicki Ravlich Horan, Images Brydie Thompson On June 24th we will be celebrating Matariki for the first time as a nation. This special time of year is traditionally a time to give thanks for an abundant harvest, to gather whānau around and share food, remembering the past and looking to the future. Like with […]

Cucumber Mint and Lime Ice Blocks

Cucumber, Mint + Lime Ice Blocks With just a handful of simple ingredients, you can make these flavour-packed ice blocks that scream of sunshine and good times. Makes 10–12   Zest of 4–5 limes, plus juice (1/2 cup) 2 cups water ½ cup raw caster sugar handful mint leaves 1 medium telegraph cucumber, roughly chopped […]