Recipes for success from best selling, multi award-winning cookbook author and syndicated newspaper columnist,

Jan Bilton

Let me share with you the pleasures and experience gained through a lifetime of working in the world of food. Author of 27 cookbooks, including the best-selling New Zealand Kiwifruit Cookbook (140,000 copies sold internationally) and Marlborough on the Menu (winner of Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards 2010 for Best Food/Wine Guide); food and lifestyle magazine editor (Living Today, The Foodtown Magazine); syndicated columnist, travel writer, restaurant owner — and home cook.

My Mantra is: Real Food for Real People. Please join me for a taste.

Recipes, Wines and Restaurants

FUN FOOD

Offer me a selection of interesting finger foods at five o'clock and I'm in heaven. At this time of the year, these delicious little morsels sometimes replace my traditional dinner.  Tapas — theRead more

VEGETARIAN PISTACHIO NUT LOAF

Based on a recipe from Jamie Magazine — but easier. Excellent served hot or cold with cranberry sauce. Risotto: 1/4 cup dried porcini mushrooms 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 each: celery stalks, smallRead more

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER CHEESE

I made this dairy-free, gluten-free cheese sauce with diluted coconut milk. 1 medium head cauliflower Cheese Sauce: 1/2 cup Angel Food Cheesey Sauce Mix 2 1/2 cups rice, soy or coconut milk Topping:Read more

MEATLESS TREATS

Meatless Mondays were first introduced by the US Food Administration during World War I because meat and other staple food items were being exhausted. Nearly 13 million families signed on. The campaiRead more

CHRISTMAS YUM

Yes, it’s time to make your Christmas cake. Make it now to allow true lusciousness to develop. Make it now so it’s easier to cut. Make it now and enjoy tempting Christmas aromas even beforeRead more

BIG ON BARBECUES

It’s time to dust off the barbecue, scrub the grill and enjoy cooking al fresco. Besides producing fabulous flavoursome foods, I find barbecues encourage family togetherness and conversation — itRead more

COOKIES PLUS

Nothing beats the aroma of freshly baked cookies. According to culinary historians, the first record of cookies was their use as test cakes. A small amount of cake batter was baked to test the ovenRead more

HALLOWE’EN HIGH JINKS

Evil will be abroad on the evening of October 31 as ghosts, demons and witches roam the land. But don’t worry — they are only the neighbourhood kids dressed up to celebrate Hallowe’en. It isRead more

LAID BACK LUNCHES

Last weekend I enjoyed a relaxed lunch on a friend’s patio. The sun gods were obliging, the slight breeze was balmy and I realised that summer was just around the corner. Hurray! Laid back lunchesRead more

FUN, FOOD & BEER

Oktoberfest originated in Germany on 12 October 1810, to celebrate the marriage of Ludwig, the Crown Prince of Bavaria, to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. He later became King Louis I. Read more

WHOLE IN ONE

Who needs the hassle of multiple cooking methods for a weekday meal? Who needs four pots to clean after dinner? Who needs 25 ingredients in Monday’s meatless dish? Well, not many of us.  Granted Read more

SEE THE LIGHT

Spring is here! Time to lighten up with lighter meals. It’s an opportunity to get in shape for summer. I want to be able to wear last year’s slim-fit ‘trou’ and shorts.    Although a recipeRead more

RECIPE COLLECTION

Enjoy the online recipe library. Recipes and photos by food writer Jan Bilton.

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LATEST COOKBOOKS

Celebrate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. From the team that brought you Marlborough on the Menu, Winner 2010 Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Award for Best Food/Wine Guide. Read More

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