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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.

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.

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.

Roti canai

Here, we've made the dough in a food processor, but it's really quick and simple to do by hand as well. If the dough seems a little too wet just add a little more flour.

All about Derby Eve

It wasn't just the golden goblets that glittered as celebrities gathered at Melbourne's Crown Towers for the Moët & Chandon Derby Eve party to herald spring racing week.

If the Melbourne Cup Carnival is the biggest party of the year, what do you do to kick it all off? Throw another party, of course. Since its inception, the Moët & Chandon Derby Eve party has become the unofficial launch of Melbourne's week-long spring racing festivities.

Attendees this year at Crown Towers' sparkling lobby bar, The Waiting Room, included television journalist Karl Stefanovic, who was buddying up to the Australian Financial Review's Rear Window columnist Joe Aston, former Miss Universe Australia Jesinta Campbell, seen chatting with Crown PR maven Ann Peacock, and songstress Danielle Spencer. Various horseracing identities, including members of the Waterhouse and Ingham clans, meanwhile, jockeyed to swap Birdcage invitations, titbits and racing tips.

Moët Hennessy Australia marketing and business development director Jonathan Coles said the Derby Eve party had become a mainstay on the brand's entertaining calendar. "It's always fun because, everyone's just arriving for the carnival and getting excited. There's so much anticipation about the week, it's just great to be the ones to get the party started."

Limited-edition gold magnums of Moët & Chandon Impérial were on pour, ramping up the glamour on the evening, and served alongside it were Champagne-friendly canapés, including mushroom gougères, lobster with basil and avocado, and white chocolate truffles with raspberry and gold leaf. Chef John Lawson, of Crown's No 8 restaurant, said the white chocolate dessert canapé and the jicama ravioli were his two favourites of the night.

"The ravioli, which we did with avocado and lime, really worked with the fresh crispness of the wine," said Lawson. "There's such a buzz down here. It's the busiest week of the year for us." And his punting strategy? "I'll be with some of our suppliers. We'll pull out silly names and go for it."

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