Best of food from 2013

We've pulled together a feast of the most popular foodie stories of 2013.
We take a look back at the best food stories in 2013. Photo / Thinkstock
We take a look back at the best food stories in 2013. Photo / Thinkstock

Scotland Yard is seeking "to establish the facts" of an apparent violent row between the television chef Nigella Lawson and her husband Charles Saatchi during which he placed his hand around her throat.

Nigella Lawson.
Nigella Lawson.

The multi-millionaire art collector and his wife were photographed at their table outside the famous Scott's seafood restaurant in Mayfair eight days ago on Saatchi's 70th birthday during a seemingly bitter argument which left Lawson in tears.

Read more: Nigella 'choke' incident: Police involved

A plate of crispy battered prawns, mushrooms, tomato and arugula tossed with spaghettini and a cream sauce has taken the cake as the most calorie-rich chain restaurant dish in America.

Packing a whopping 3120 calories, the Cheesecake Factory's Bistro Shrimp Pasta, which sells in Washington for $US17.95 (NZ$21.30), loomed large over other gut-busting menu items on this year's Xtreme Eating Awards list.

Read more: The most unhealthy dish in America is...

Britain's Food Standards Agency has issued a nationwide warning about misleading and illegal claims made on the labels of manuka honey jars, in a worrying blow to the fast-growing Kiwi industry.

New Zealand manuka honey commands prices 10 to 20 times higher than other types of honey because of its unique and much-vaunted anti-bacterial properties.

Read more: The land of bad milk and fake honey

Beef burgers being sold in the UK and Ireland have been found to contain horse meat, the Republic of Ireland's food safety authority (FSAI) says.

The meat came from Liffey Meats and Silvercrest Foods in Ireland and Dalepak Hambleton processing plant in the UK and was on sale in Tesco, Iceland, Lidl, Aldi and Dunnes Stores.

Read more: Horse meat found in beef burgers

A man enjoying In-N-Out Burger's wares in Los Angeles. Photo / Janie Smith
A man enjoying In-N-Out Burger's wares in Los Angeles. Photo / Janie Smith

American burger chain In-N-Out Burger is operating a pop-up store in Auckland to test whether New Zealand has potential as a market for permanent outlets.

But fast food fans had to be quick. The temporary outlet, located at Ponsonby Central on Ponsonby Rd, was set up for one day only and sold out of food around 2.15. It was due to have shut its doors at 3pm.

Read more: In-N-Out Burger bites into New Zealand market

The Australian wine industry has hit out at New Zealand's sauvignon blanc, with one Aussie wine-maker labelling popular Kiwi sav "the McDonald's of wines".

Read more: Australian wine industry slams NZ's sauvignon blanc

A blacklist of foods heavy on calories but light on nutrition has been drawn up to help combat obesity - and honey, muesli bars, whole milk and frozen yoghurt are all included.

Otago University researchers developed the list of 49 "Needn't" foods, published in today's New Zealand Medical Journal, as part of a treatment research programme for obesity.

Read more: Fat List: 49 foods to avoid

Amelia Wade watches the timer as Geoff Scott of Vinnie's in Herne Bay attempts one of Jamie Oliver's 15 minute meals. Photo / Sarah Ivey
Amelia Wade watches the timer as Geoff Scott of Vinnie's in Herne Bay attempts one of Jamie Oliver's 15 minute meals. Photo / Sarah Ivey

Jamie Oliver claims in his new cookbook that all the recipes can be cooked in 15 minutes, so long as you've done the preparation. And without even breaking a sweat, the famous chef shows you how in his show on TV3. Oliver says his new book is his most accessible yet, "suitable for all ages and skill levels''.

The Weekend Herald, like other overseas media, put it to the test - the pro Geoff Scott, owner of Vinnie's, and the amateur, reporter Amelia Wade. It took more than an hour, two supermarkets and nearly $100 to get the ingredients for both dishes, then 10 minutes opening, heating and preparing the ingredients before the clock started.

Read more: 15-minute meals claim fails the test

Never mind Hottest Home Baker, teenager Lynlee Stout is New Zealand's most unlikely home baker.

That is because the high school student, who has built a bustling cottage industry selling her cakes and slices around the schoolyard, cannot eat.

Read more: Teen chef who can't eat

A South Auckland teenager has been helped in his dream to crack the culinary world - an invitation to call on superstar chef Gordon Ramsay issued by the man himself.

Ramsay, whose television shows include Hell's Kitchen and F-Word, is briefly in New Zealand and spoke at a corporate Dinner with Gordon Ramsay event at Auckland's Vodafone Events Centre last night.

Read more: See me in #*!@^&% London, Ramsay tells South Auckland teen

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