Recipes for success from best selling, 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

SPRING ZING

Rhubarb is the essence of Spring. Young stalks are tender and their tang and texture can be enjoyed raw (in moderation), sliced into salsas or savoury salads. Mature stalks become woody and requireRead more

CRICKETS SCORE + MORE

At this year’s Auckland Food Show, hemp products were a highlight but for me the most unusual palate pleasers were the insects. Established in 2013, Eat Crawlers claim their insects — crickets,Read more

The Red Barn Experience

Nestled amongst rolling green Waikato hills, the Red Barn was an early 1900’s livery stable which provided fresh horses for stagecoaches undertaking journeys across the region. Having undergone maRead more

NOODLING AROUND

It’s believed that the Chinese gave noodles the nod over 4000 years ago. And although there is an ongoing argument between the Italians and the Chinese as to who ‘used their noodle first’, bothRead more

SOLD ON SIDES

Plant-based diets are all the rage and health professionals are urging us to eat more vegetables. ‘Swap out most of the meat for more veg.’ This makes sense when animal protein is so expensiveRead more

CITRUS COMFORTS

Nature’s timing of the citrus season is impeccable, providing vitamin C-packed oranges and lemons to fight sniffles, coughs and colds. There’s plenty of choice. This year, limes — especiallyRead more

SWEET ON WINTER

Let it rain, let it blow, let it snow. All are great excuses for enjoying decadent warming winter puds. And some of the old traditionals have made a comeback. Rice pudding for example. I can’tRead more

ROAST TOAST

The perfect antidote to winter blues is a hearty roast. Over the years, roasts have evolved — a plain lamb roast has morphed into a Turkish delight sprinkled with fennel, caraway and cumin seedsRead more

Mercury Bay Wines

Sunny and surf-washed the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula seems an unlikely location for viticulture. But Cooks Beach on the shores of Mercury Bay is ideal for growing pinot noir. The areaRead more

CHAMPION CH-OICES

Chives, chowder and chicken — a tasty trio of winter winners. Chives are the most delicate member of the onion family and have been enjoyed for at least 5000 years. They can be used in just about Read more

LARGELY LENTILS

Lentils are a nutritious versatile food. A key ingredient in soups, salads, sides, casseroles and savoury bakes, they’re ridiculously cheap and can be stored in airtight containers for months.Read more

MALAMALA — THE SUN FUN ISLAND

Fiji is, understandably, a favourite destination for Kiwis fleeing the New Zealand winter. And just a short 25 minutes journey from the resort-dotted coastline of Denarau near Nadi is the world’sRead 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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