The New Zealand Food Awards means there are a lot of exciting dishes being created in the Bite kitchen.
Cooks love discovering new ingredients or getting confirmation that an ingredient they particularly enjoy is also liked by others. Ray McVinnie is on the judging panel for the awards and he has chosen a few of the many outstanding finalists' products to create recipes with.
Chicken and potatoes have been braised in Mamia's Wat Traditional Ethiopian Cooking Sauce. Keewai (freshwater crayfish) have been dressed with a simple Goulters Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, cucumber, radish and apple dressing.
If you've been avoiding the vege garden, Jenny Maidment is motivating us all to get out there and do it, and yes, that's Zoya Sahrawat picking the mint in the feature. Our Hospobaby was back in the kitchen with dad Sid, cooking chicken with Balinese flavours for dinner.
Also in Bite this week:
• Rick Stein's recipes for long weekends
• Louise Thompson's life envy part two