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Tarta de Santiago

"Gordita makes a splendid version of the Galician almond cake Tarta de Santiago, with its dramatic design. Would you please publish the recipe?" Michael MacDermott, Taringa, Qld REQUEST A RECIPE To request a recipe, email fareexchange@bauer-media.com.au or send us a message via Facebook. Please include the restaurant's name and address, as well as your name and address. Please note that because of the volume of requests we receive, we can only publish a selection in the magazine.

Coffee culture: A history

Australia’s love affair with coffee is stronger than ever; it’s become a way of life. But exactly how did a beverage manage to shape our country’s culture?

Event: Bacon Week

A celebration of one of our favourite breakfast foods.

Curry recipes

When you're in need of rejuvenation, there's nothing better than a warming bowl of curry, whether it's gently spiced potato and egg, a punchy Jamaican goat number or an elaborate Burmese fish curry. Here are our favourite recipes.

Bread and butter pudding

Just what you need on a cold winter's night; a bowl of luscious pudding. Make sure to leave room for seconds.

Bali's new wave of restaurants, hotels and bars

The restaurant and hotel scene on Australia's favourite holiday island has never been more exciting and Australian chefs, owners and restaurateurs are leading the charge, writes Samantha Coomber.

Autumn's most popular recipes 2017

As the weather started to cool down, your stoves were heating up with spicy curries, hearty breakfast dishes and comforting bowls of pasta. You balanced things out nicely with some greens but dessert wasn't entirely forgotten. Counting down from 30, here are your 2017 autumn favourites.

Meet your maker: florist Sophia Kaplan

Tree peonies, dahlias and dogwood blossoms are on the menu for the festive table.

In 2013 Sophia Kaplan quit her coordinator job at a creative agency and moved to Paris to take up floristry. The opportunity to hang out with plants and flowers every day was just the kind of time out she needed, it turned out. These days when she's not on holiday picking wildflowers in the French Alps, she's wrangling branches of dogwood and crab-apple with dusty dahlias or clematis from her kitchen table in Sydney's Surry Hills.

What's the Sophia Kaplan signature?
I love using living plants rather than cut flowers and try to encourage clients to make this a part of their brief - it's a more natural style and lets the flowers be more themselves. And I use lots of strange-shaped foliage.

What is the most fulfilling part of your work?
To bring a sense of nature into your day in a way that focuses your attention on it is exciting, therapeutic and beautiful. That and constant change: there's no chance for any flower to become dull because they're never around for long enough.

Do you have any favourite blooms to work with over summer?
Beautifully scented garden roses, tree peonies and delicate flannel flowers. Dahlias will be peaking in December and will suit any occasion, too, and the dogwood blossoms will be turning into baby fruit, which is perfect for Christmas lunch or dinner parties.

Sophia Kaplan Plants & Flowers, 0449 877 277

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