Stop, dine, shop: Route 72 Café Bar Emporium

Canterbury’s heartland is a great place to explore, and located on the inland scenic highway Route 72 you will find the picturesque village of Cust. Route 72 Café Bar Emporium combines the best of great shopping and great food, served up by friendly staff, all in the one establishment. With a wealth of early settler […]

Beach-side in Sumner: Beach Sumner

Rumour has it that Christchurch is in for a hot, dry summer, thanks to the El Niño weather pattern. That’s welcome news after a dull, overcast, and wet spring. Cantabrians will definitely want to get outdoors and there is little that speaks of summer more than a visit to a seaside restaurant. Enjoy a drink […]

Make it a mocktail

Refreshing, fruity, and sometimes frozen are all words we associate with the drinks we enjoy during the summer months. Virgin cocktails, or mocktails, become a simple alternative when we desire a break from alcohol. Just as easy, just as delicious, but possibly healthier. Plus, almost any mocktail can be made frozen for the days we […]

Topsy-turvy lemon meringue pie

This recipe is a cross between a lemon meringue pie and a pavlova; a scrumptious festive season treat. Ingredients – Meringue: 1 Tsp butter 1 Tsp flour 2 Tsp white vinegar 1/2 Tsp pure vanilla extract 8 egg whites 1 cup granulated sugar Lemon Curd: 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar 1 Tbsp grated lemon zest […]

Succulent Christmas ham

As thoughts turn to Christmas, the age-old question of what to have for your festive dinner arises. Ham is always a popular choice, and with so many options for glazes it’s always a crowd pleaser. Regardless of your choice, a glaze will add colour, flavour, and succulence to your ham. The best glaze for a […]

Cheers to good health: Monday Distillery

The festive season with its special occasions and celebratory events is fast approaching. Then we can look forward to what we are informed will be a hot, dry summer because of the presiding El Niño weather pattern. All this certainly makes us think of thirst quenching drinks. Beer and wine are great, but too much […]

Smooth, velvety and eggy

If life gives you lemons, make lemon curd. A delicious way to use surplus lemons, it’s also great for using up egg yolks left over from making meringues and pavlovas. Here are a couple of options (see also a third method on the following page). Microwave lemon curd – Ingredients 1 cup granulated sugar 3 […]

A space for celebrations: Sprig + Fern Merivale

When the holidays near, an after-work drink, or meal out with friends, family, or colleagues no longer needs justification, because it’s Christmas. Sprig + Fern Merivale shows no signs of stopping when it comes to creating exciting, tailored celebrations. A favourite of theirs is Football Shirt Sundays, which can be “exceedingly busy” according to co-owner […]

Homemade chocolate truffles

Making your own creamy chocolate truffles could not be easier. Add a bit of butter to make them extra creamy. Ingredients 225g of 70% dark chocolate 2/3 cup cream 1 Tbsp softened butter 1 Tsp pure vanilla essence Method Warm the cream, and pour it over the chopped chocolate. Let the cream and chocolate sit […]

Devilishly good pickles: Gordons Pickles

Someone once said, “Good pickles are crisp, enduring and devilishly hard to make”.   That person clearly had not met the team at Gordon’s Pickles. They are passionate experts on pickles of all shapes and flavours, from sliced and whole gherkins with dill, or chilli and honey, to traditional pickled onions. One of the company’s […]