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Fast autumn dinners

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

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.

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.

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.

Lemon tart

It's really important to seal the pastry well to prevent any seepage during cooking, and to trim the pastry soon after cooking. Let the tart cool in the tin before removing it, or it will crack.

Roast pork with Nelly Robinson

Nelly Robinson of Sydney's Nel restaurant talks us through his favourite roasting joints, tips for crisp roast potatoes and why, when it comes to pork, slow and steady always wins the race.

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.

Pear, thyme and hazelnut tart

Thyme adds an intriguing savoury note to this burnt-butter tart, and poaching the pears in wine adds a further savoury element. Start this tart a day ahead to rest the pastry, and serve it with a dollop or two of creme fraiche.

Fiat 500X launch

The Fiat 500X launches in Australia tomorrow and the company threw a celebratory lunch in true Italian fashion to welcome the new arrival.

Party guests gathered at a private hilltop estate overlooking Sydney's Palm Beach for a culinary tour through Italy courtesy of Osteria Balla's Stefano Manfredi.

But before bread was broken and glasses were raised, guests christened the new wheels by taking them on a scenic journey through national parks and along the winding Amalfi-ish coastal roads of Sydney's northern beaches.

"It's all about la dolce vita," says Fiat's product manager, Aitezaz Khan, "and the 500X is to Fiat what No. 5 is to Chanel - it's the grammar of the style."

The new design pairs premium styling features including Beats by Dre audio and a sporty flat-bottom steering wheel with performance enhancements such as blind-spot monitoring and forward-collision warning.

"It's both blue jeans and red leather," says Olivier François, chief marketing officer and head of brand for Fiat, who flew from Paris to host the event. "We've taken the DNA of the Fiat 500 series and amplified it with X-factors."

At lunch, guests were welcomed by a table laden with Aperol Spritzes, rosemary, peonies and vines. Chef Manfredi's family-style menu started with shared plates of Calabrian "cannoli" with eggplant and ricotta, Basilicata-style umido with braised oyster mushrooms, an Abruzzese dish of farro with wild greens, and Campanian arancini with peperonata.

"I wanted the menu to resemble a road trip through Italy that I did in a Fiat 500 a couple of years ago," says Manfredi.

A turnip and lentil salad with a hazelnut sauce from Turin, Fiat's birthplace, came next and other regional specialities - such as Sicilian prawns with Savoy cabbage and salsa salmoriglio - followed.

Darren Purchese from Melbourne pâtisserie Burch & Purchese provided the sweets : lemon and raspberry tartlets, salted-caramel chocolate bricks, mint chocolate tubes and caramel pops.

"Some of the desserts were brought up from Melbourne in a 500X," says Purchese. "They've never travelled so well."

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