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

JINGE BELL BAKES

It's time to fire up your festive baking skills. A rich fruit cake will keep for years and like wine, it often improves with age. Prepare traditional cakes at least one month before cutting. DuringRead more

DELICIOUS DELI DELIGHTS

Delis are one of my favourite haunts whether it be our local stand-alone or the deli section of the supermarket. There’s always some new delight worth checking or old favourites to savour again.Read more

WEEKEND WINNERS

My weekends are a time for relaxation. If I can cook one big dish that will provide two dinners and a lunch — such as my Rolled & Roasted Meatloaf that follows — then I’m happy. This tastyRead more

VIVA VIETNAM

The unique blend of cultural influences in Vietnam has created a light cuisine with its own distinctive characteristics. Although related to Chinese cuisine, Vietnamese food could never be mistaken fRead more

SPRING REWARDS

Cheers for spring! And the fresh tastes it brings — like asparagus and strawberries. And although the weather has not been at all spring-like, I was still able to raid a friend’s asparagus patch Read more

CHEESE CHAMPS

‘Try a new New Zealand cheese’ is the catchcry for October – NZ Cheese Month. This annual event helps support local cheesemakers and introduces new taste temptations to Kiwis. Many of ourRead more

RECYCLED REWARDS

Another unexpected hunkering down at home has seen a complete cleanout of my pantry. I discovered large bags of sumac and ground turmeric left over from a photography shoot 18 months ago and justRead more

BIG ON BRASSICAS

Do you remember your mum saying ‘Eat your greens’? Followed immediately by those discouraging words ‘They’re good for you.’ Nothing about how delicious they were, nothing about theRead more

KITCHEN CAPERS

In many ways, there doesn’t seem to be much difference between school holidays and lockdown. But to keep spirits up during the hols, encourage the kids to enjoy some simple fun playing chef in theRead more

SOLD ON CITRUS

This is the season of citrus at its zingy best. Oranges, lemons, mandarins and grapefruit are versatile, tasty, and low in kilojoules. New Zealand-grown navel oranges are a one of my faves:Read more

PANCAKES AND PIKELETS PLEASE

The accidental creator of the famous pancakes, Crêpes Suzette, was a 14-year-old boy, Henri Charpentier. He was cooking a crêpe sauce for a special restaurant customer, Albert, Prince of Wales. TheRead more

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

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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