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

CANNED DELIGHTS

Health professionals encourage us to eat more fruit and using canned varieties is an economical way to bump up your daily intake. However, where possible, choose canned fruits in juice rather thanRead more

GO GEORGIAN

Recently I received a message out of the blue from a client in Georgia (SE Europe) asking me if I could develop suitable recipes for a local (Georgian) product to be sold in Japan. An intriguingRead more

WINE DINING

Men are like wine — some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age. Pope John XXIII Most cooks will agree that it’s wise to cook with a wine that you would be happy to drink. But thatRead more

Lychee Lamington Sponge

Make your own sponge cake or use a bought unfilled sponge. Sponge cake: 4 eggs 3/4 cup caster sugar 1/3 cup boiling water 2 teaspoons butter 1 cup self-raising flour 1 tablespoon cornflourRead more

SIMPLY SUPER GRAINS

Although they have only recently become a foodie favourite around the world, nutritionally-rich super grains have been enjoyed for thousands of years. Quinoa has been used as a cereal for over 5,000Read more

KHACHAPURI

Georgian cheese bread. Dough: 1/2 cup warm milk 1/3 cup warm water 1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar 2 teaspoons each: active yeast granules, olive oil 2 1/4 cups plain flour 1 1/4 teaspoons saltRead more

WINTER VEG TRIFECTA

Savour the spud! The ever-popular potato was first cultivated in South America between 5000 and 8000 years ago. However, it took until the 16th century for the pleasures of the potato to beRead more

COCONUT COOL

Venetian explorer and writer Marco Polo is considered to be the first westerner to pay any attention to the coconut. ‘One of these nuts,’ he wrote, ‘is a meal for a man, both meat and drink’.Read more

TRIPLE K TREATS

Kale, kumara and kiwifruit — all nourishing winter nosh.  Kale comes in several varieties including the common curly and the long-leafed cavelo nero. All are great sources of vitamin A, C and K pRead more

COSY COMFORTS

One of my favourite winter warmers is a casserole. The combination of meat (usually), vegetables, spices and herbs slow cooked in the oven or on the hob to mouth-watering deliciousness is a cosyRead more

GET TOASTIE

During July the toastie — a lunchtime favourite — is being celebrated nationwide. The third Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover has attracted over 80 entries from restaurants, cafés, bars andRead more

MAD ABOUT MINCE

I’m not going to mince matters. (As they say!) I think mince is a better invention than sliced bread. And we have a German, Karl Drais, to thank for this popular mealmaker. Drais invented theRead 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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