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Flour and Stone Recipes

Baker extraordinaire Nadine Ingram of Sydney's Flour and Stone cooks up a sweet storm for Easter, including the much loved bakery's greatest hit.

Fast autumn dinners

Autumn weather signals the arrival of soups, broths, roasts and more hearty meals.

Roasted cauliflower salad with yoghurt dressing and almonds

The cauliflower is roasted until it starts to caramelise, which adds extra depth of flavour to this winning salad. Serve it warm or at room temperature.

Melbournes finest meet Worlds Best

Leading chefs descend on Melbourne in April for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. We asked local hospitality folk who they’d abduct for the day and where they’d take them to show off their city. There may be coffee, there may be culture, but in the end it’s cocktails.

1980s recipes

Australia saw some bold moves in the ’80s, and we’re not just talking hairstyles. Greater cultural references started peppering the menus of our restaurants, and home-grown ingredients won a new appreciation. The dining scene was coming of age and a new band of pioneers led the charge.

New cruises 2017

Cue the Champagne.

Savoury tarts

Will your next baking project be a flaky puff pastry with pumpkin, goat's curd and thyme, or a classic bacon and Stilton tart? As autumn settles in, we're ticking these off one by one.

All Star Yum Cha

What happens the morning after the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards? We treat the chefs to a world-beating yum cha session, as Dani Valent discovers.

BindFold napery

Between her backyard and laundry in Melbourne, Victoria Pemberton has spent the past four years up to her elbows in vats of indigo, practising the ancient Japanese art of shibori dyeing. Pemberton uses everything from PVC pipes to beer coasters to create patterns, resulting in a unique collection of hand-sewn tablecloths, napkins and tea towels that will brighten your table setting and mood in equal measure.

What drew you to shibori, Victoria?
I'm always trying to achieve a solid, consistent shade of blue - regardless of whether I'm using itajime (creating blank space) or arashi (pole-wrapping) shibori techniques. That's the kind of work you would get if you went to Japan, where some masters spend their entire lives studying and trying to achieve that perfect colour.

What's working with indigo like?
I only use natural, plant-derived dyes, and you have to do repeat dipping to build up the shade of colour. For a pale indigo you might only dip one to three times, and for a really dark, midnight-blue indigo you're looking at upwards of seven dips in the vat. It requires a lot of patience.

What's the best part of the dyeing process?
After your first dip, the fabric will be a yellow-green colour, and then as it hits the air, the dye oxidises and changes to blue. It's kind of like Polaroid film, when the chemicals in the photo react and an image slowly emerges.

Bind|Fold, from $25. Clockwise from top left: furoshiki, $55; dark indigo tablecloth, $190; pale indigo tablecloth, $190; furoshiki in shibori splash, $55; furoshiki in squares, $55; tea towel in arashi, $30; tea towel in shibori moon, $30.

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