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

Mollie's Bar and Eatery

Blenheim's relatively new Mollie's Bar and Eatery, attached to Hotel D'Urville, took top honours in this year's Great NZ Toastie Takeover, which attracted more than 120 entries nationwide and sawRead more

COUCH POTATO PICKS

I love a feel-good story and the winner of the 2021 Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover challenge certainly has one.  Steve MacDougall of Blenheim lost his job at a local restaurant when Covid hit.Read more

FRYING PAN FAVES

For my husband and I, frying pan meals have come into their own over the last two months. We have been waiting to shift into a new house. After initially staying with kind friends, we rented a tinyRead more

ON THE BALL

There are three good things about bliss balls and truffles. One, they are generally mixed by hand and easy to make. Two, they don't require baking and three they taste delicious. These winners can beRead more

TIME FOR TEA

The Chinese accepted the medicinal values of tea as early as the fourth century BC. Wild tea leaves were gathered from trees and bushes and combined with water to produce a tonic. During the MingRead more

HEALTHY HANDFULS

‘Tiny but mighty, nuts and seeds deliver protein, fibre and a nutrient punch with every bite’ Havard Health. Nuts are actually the seeds of plants with most coming from trees. However, peanutsRead more

MAKE MINE MICROWAVE

Like many great inventions, the microwave oven was a by-product of another technology. Developed in 1946 by Dr Percy Spencer, a specialist in radar research, the first oven was almost two metres highRead more

BAKES BEATS BLUES

The winter weather maybe frightful but your home-made bakes will be delightful! Baking requires attention to detail. Pans need to be prepared in advance and measurements must be exact. To get theRead more

Sea Fare

Eat healthy. Eat seafood. It can help prevent heart attacks and strokes, it can lower blood pressure and may even help ward off depression. The magic ingredients are the omega-3 fatty acids which areRead more

CHEAP AND CHEERFUL

Budget meals don’t have to be boring. Try different combos of herbs, spices or sauces to add interest to your dishes. They’re relatively economical and once your pantry is well stocked, yourRead more

FRUITFUL SEASON

Persuading kids – and even ‘big kids’ — to eat their veg is often a challenge. I tempt my family with broccoli trees and a dip of mayo and tomato sauce; or fresh Vietnamese-style spring rollRead more

COOKING USA

The Fourth of July is party time in the United States when families gather together to celebrate the Declaration of Independence from Britain in 1776. I’ve experienced a couple of Independence DayRead 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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