Dining in

How to make your own doughnuts

These vanilla-glazed brioche doughnuts have a crumb that offers the gentlest chew and are coated with a glaze that is flecked with vanilla bean. Photo / Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post
These vanilla-glazed brioche doughnuts have a crumb that offers the gentlest chew and are coated with a glaze that is flecked with vanilla bean. Photo / Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post

This week we found out that Krispy Kreme is coming to New Zealand. We will have to wait until March next year for our first store to open its doors so, in the meantime, we're making our own with Kristen Hartke's recipe for vanilla-glazed brioche doughnuts.

See the full article and recipe over on viva.co.nz.

Start your day with oats

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Taking the time to make a warm and comforting breakfast definitely makes winter weekdays more bearable.

Food writer Delaney Mes has shared two of her favourite oat recipes with us this week. Carrot cake oats is the breakfast form of the classic cake and in her second recipe she uses tamarillo, lightly poached and served with walnuts and honey.

See Delaney's recipes here.

Baked vege chips with rosemary and aquafaba aioli

Megan May used parsnip, beetroot and carrot for her baked vege chips recipe but any root vegetables work well. Photo / Tam West
Megan May used parsnip, beetroot and carrot for her baked vege chips recipe but any root vegetables work well. Photo / Tam West

These vege chips are delicious fresh from the oven, and can be tossed through a salad for crispy texture or as a replacement for corn chips in a Mexican meal. Or, eat them on their own with homemade aioli. In this case, Megan May has made an aquafaba aioli using the liquid from a tin of chickpeas.

See the full recipe here.

Dining out

Brunch at Vevo Foodstore in Titirangi

Vevo Foodstore's house smoked salmon with hash cake, poached egg, wilted spinach and hollandaise. Photo / Getty Images
Vevo Foodstore's house smoked salmon with hash cake, poached egg, wilted spinach and hollandaise. Photo / Getty Images

It's hidden at the end of a line of shops in Titirangi Village and has been for six years. Canvas writer Greg Bruce checked out the brunch menu at Vevo Foodstore and raved about the big breakfast and smoked salmon meal.

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"The Vevo breakfast was a good size, with two particularly generous slices of oiled and excellent sourdough and a great-sized side dish of hollandaise."

Read Greg Bruce's full review here.
Indulge in a treat from one of NZ's best bakeries

Johnny Nations Chocolate Eclair Shop is known for its large sized eclairs and delicious pies. Photo / Facebook
Johnny Nations Chocolate Eclair Shop is known for its large sized eclairs and delicious pies. Photo / Facebook

This week we asked our nzherald.co.nz Facebook fans what their favourite bakery in New Zealand was, thousands responded with their opinions.

Three bakeries reigned supreme, in Auckland, Clendon and Ohakune.

From humble cream doughnuts to chocolate eclairs, here's what you, the reader, revealed as the best bakeries around the country.

See the full list here.

Health fix

The foods that make your metabolism faster

Some of these foods may be able to speed up your metabolism. Photos / Getty Images
Some of these foods may be able to speed up your metabolism. Photos / Getty Images

The human metabolism is very broadly defined but according to experts there are some foods that can (slightly) speed up your metabolism to burn calories faster. From the well-known metabolism-booster green tea to cayenne pepper, read on to see exactly how much you will need to get that boost.

See the full story here.
The teen who eats McDonald's for lunch 6 days a week

Palmerston North student Jack Aidem wrote a hilarious Facebook post to McDonald's after he was wrongly charged for his favourite meal: a double cheeseburger combo (with steamed buns, hold the onion and pickle). Aidem spoke to the Herald about his six-day-a-week habit which, after two years, has cost him an estimated $4,244.

Read the full story online here.

Why men should eat more chocolate than women

According to experts, regularly tucking in to a chocolate bar can be good for you - and it's better if you're male. Photo / 123RF
According to experts, regularly tucking in to a chocolate bar can be good for you - and it's better if you're male. Photo / 123RF

It is one of life's guilty pleasures and according to the Daily Mail, experts at Harvard Medical School found the sweet treat slashes our risk of developing an abnormal heart rhythm by more than a fifth.

But while regularly tucking in to a bar of chocolate may actually be good for us, one gender should be eating far more of it than the other.

Read the full story here.

Foodie events

Celebrate Russian culture and sample Russian fare

Experience Russian culture at Russian Days, a community-run festival set in the idyllic surrounds of Western Springs Garden. Sample traditional Russian teas and various fare from vendors such as Cinnamon Quills, Crepelicious and Paella Pan.

Entry is by gold coin donation. Be sure to have cash on hand for goodies.

See event details on Facebook here.

World Brisket Day

Chapel Bar and Bistro are hosting World Brisket Day with a traditional Sunday roast. Photo / Doug Sherring
Chapel Bar and Bistro are hosting World Brisket Day with a traditional Sunday roast. Photo / Doug Sherring

Apparently, World Brisket Day is a thing and we are more than happy to celebrate with a delicious Sunday roast. Chapel Bar and Bistro in Ponsonby will be putting on the finest tradition: For $20 you will get a plate of slow cooked beef brisket with jus, potato, kumara, pumpkin, peas and a Yorkshire pudding on the side. Yumbo.

For more info see the Facebook event page.
Last chance: Dans Le Noir? at Rydges Hotel

It's your last chance to dine in complete darkness at The Rydges' Hotel's Dans Le Noir? dining experience. You'll have a choice of three delicious menus (vegan, seafood or a mysterious "trust the chef" option) and you'll be guided by experts who are blind or have low vision.

For more info and to book tickets check out the website.