Salted caramel

Tip Top ran a stunt in Auckland recently to promote its new chocolate and salted caramel Trumpet. A company delivery truck “broke down” by the park in New Zealand’s media heartland and Instagram epicentre of Grey Lynn, with the hope of generating some social media excitement about its new flavour. Our biggest ice cream maker needed…

Southern barbecue

Down-home Americana has become a firm trend in casual dining out. Southern barbecue, in all its slow-cooked, hickory-shrouded glory, is now commonplace across all sorts of menus from the numerous new Mexican/US-influenced eateries to upmarket pub grub. The king of this Southern feast is pulled pork. Pulled pork is pig done well. A 4kg shoulder…

Tacos

You’ve probably noticed tacos are being reinvented for us – from the hard shells stuffed with chilli and cheese of our 1980s family dinners back to something more like the Mexican original – fresher flavours atop a soft-shell tortilla. This post isn’t just about tacos; it’s also an excuse to talk about food trucks. Because…

Montreal bagels

The City Works Depot is Auckland’s newest nook of regeneration, a municipal hangar on Wellesley Street West given over to casually artisan eating and drinking. Chef Al Brown has taken a chunk of the site for a Montreal-style bagel bakery called Best Ugly. The distinctive features of a Montreal bagel – over the more common…

Cheesecake

Creamy, sweet and dense, cheesecake has long had the last word on decadence. Modern cheesecake is a sweetheart of American cuisine (today, July 30 is their commerce-friendly National Cheesecake Day), but cheesecakes go back to Antiquity. Athletes at the Ancient Greek Olympics were given cheesecake – a baked concoction of soft white goats or sheep…

Pizza

Pizza is popular culture’s prevailing symbol of Italy, known with affection in every corner of the world.   Yet outside its home city of Naples Italians only really started eating pizza in the 1950s – before then, if it was known at all, it was for the wrong reasons.   It was in America that…

Betty Crocker cake mix

For people who don’t use cake mix, its popularity can be baffling. Cake is a gift of love or celebration, however minor. The relatively little effort of combining the first five or so ingredients to produce something better-tasting and, importantly, more sincere in its act of giving than a flighty boxed mix cake seems infinitely…

Peanut butter

We’re expecting marmite stocks in New Zealand to dwindle due to a factory damaged by the Christchurch earthquake. You could try making your own – by following MsMarmitelover’s recipe here (though modelled on the runnier English marmite).   Or, switch to peanut butter.     Peanuts (not technically a nut, but a legume) were first…