Fresh & fancy salads

A well assembled salad can make a delicious one bowl meal, especially as a fuss free, throw-together dinner. Salads are the ultimate way to use up leftovers from the night before, and with a bit of love, can become an interesting meal full of flavour and textures. A perfect salad has variety, and includes protein, […]

No fun without rum: Big Daddy’s Liquor

Metropol writer Nicholas Henare samples a few of the top drops on offer at Big Daddy’s Liquor this month. I first met Joy Spence from Appleton Estate Rum distillery in Jamaica when Newstalk ZB called on me for my opinion about the Appleton 30-year-old. A vibrant woman with exceptional knowledge, she puts her heart and […]

Peanut Chocolate Avocado Bars: Two Raw Sisters

Ingredients 1/4 cup cacao powder 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted 1/4 cup peanut butter 1/2 avocado 1 tbsp maple syrup Pinch of sea salt Method Add everything to the blender and blend until smooth. Line a loaf tin with baking paper and pour the chocolate into the lined tin. Place in the freezer to set […]

Naughty & nice

Incorporating vegetables into baking and desserts can bring delicious flavours and textures into sweet treats. We all know and love a good carrot cake, yet there is a range of other veggies that work well in baking and desserts. Carrots, beetroot, courgette, and pumpkin all add nice textures, flavours and work to keep baked goods […]

Indulge at Kin Bistro

On the ground floor of Ballantynes Department Store awaits a hidden gem, the perfect spot to get together to share a meal, enjoy a coffee, or indulge in a mid-shop treat. Since opening in October 2019, Kin Bistro and Wine Bar has become a favourite of CBD dwellers and Ballantynes’ customers alike. A light and […]

Setting the standard: Food & Health Standards

We need food for our very existence. We also need that food to be safe for consumption. Food safety does not happen spontaneously. It is highly regulated and there are organisations in our community dedicated to this task. Fundamental to the safety programme are food control plans (FCP) under the Food Act (2014). Every business […]

A winter love story: The Dish

We may well be looking forward to putting winter behind us, but let’s face it, Canterbury can still experience chilly weather right up to, and into, spring. That means food that warms, nourishes and feeds the soul is as necessary as that snuggly scarf and overcoat we can’t imagine being without. Asian fusion restaurant The […]

Views and venues: Harbour House

The view is unsurpassed. The food makes innovative use of ingredients, and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Harbour House Cafe is at the heart of Governors Bay, a fun place to gather and bring the community together.   “But it’s more than that,” says owner Nic Graham. “It’s a destination. Once you drive over […]

Mylk Made: Ricoh Innovating Business

An idea that originated in Indonesia is now a fully-fledged business in Rangiora, supplying versatile nut milk bases (or mylk) throughout Canterbury and beyond.   Jemma Turner and her partner Max spent 11 months in Lombok, embracing the Indonesian culture, committing to a slower pace of life, and eating a more wholefood, organic diet. “Each […]

Catering for all occasions: Hanmer Springs Four Square

Whenever you have a bunch of people together in Hanmer, it’s a good enough excuse to treat them to catering from the local Four Square. The reputation of its treat-laden platters is well-established, and there’s lots more on offer. The friendly staff cater for children’s birthday parties with food that kids and the grown-ups will […]