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

MICROWAVE MAGIC

The microwave oven is a winner when it comes to TV sporting events. There’s nothing better than watching a game while enjoying a delicious meal in a mug. It’s easy to hold and eat with a fork.Read more

KIDS’ KITCHEN

1 slice wholemeal bread butter or table spread 2 cheese slices 2 thin slices luncheon sausage or salami 2 capers 1 black olive sprig dill or fennel Place the bread on a plate. Lightly spread withRead more

LIGHTEN UP

With warmer weather approaching now is the time to say ‘no’ to deep-fried foods, muffins for morning tea and snacks before dinner. If you want to look your best at the beach then now is the time Read more

SPICES OF LIFE

‘Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves’ has a musical ring — it could have been an alternative name for the Spice Girls. But no, the combination is one of baking’s most popular flavouringsRead more

CAN DO

As gastronome Andre L Simon stated: ‘Canned foods at times are essential — although there are probably many people who believe anchovies have been born and bred in a can.’ The French waxRead more

SUPER SIMMERS

Add a little variety and flavour to family meals with pickled or corned meats. The traditional method of cooking these treats is commonly known as boiling. However, the term is a misnomer. Boiling isRead more

BOWLED OVER

It’s ironic that we’ve come full circle. We start our lives eating or being fed from a bowl. And after years of designer food served on flat plates, there are now sections on restaurant menusRead more

LEMON ZINGERS

Is this the year of the lemon? My tree is laden and so are the trees of all our neighbours. Gifts of our lemons are being refused — for the first time in my lemon-growing life.   Mine are theRead more

MEXICAN MUNCHIES

The chimichanga might sound like a new dance craze but in reality it is a soft flour tortilla which is topped with a savoury filling then rolled and fried or baked. Tortillas — Mexican breads —Read more

KIWI CHEESES PLEASE

New Zealand cheeses are overwhelmingly tops. And the variety is such that you could savour a different delight almost every day of the year. Cheese is the perfect after school snack and the idealRead more

New Orleans comes to SOUL

It’s American Express restaurant month in Auckland and SOUL at the Viaduct brings some bohemian extravagance.Read more

CLEVER COFFEE COMBOS

There’s nothing quite like a good cup of freshly brewed coffee to rev up your day. However, coffee has other uses. Not only does it add flavour to desserts and bakes, the liquid and the groundsRead more
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Enjoy the online recipe library. Recipes and photos by food writer Jan Bilton.

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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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