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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.

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.

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Fast autumn dinners

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

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.

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.

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.

Little Sydney 2015 recap

Showcasing the finest of Sydney's food, wine and entertainment, the Little Sydney precinct at Royal Randwick served up the perfect trifecta, writes Maya Kerthyasa.

The fascinators were out in force at Royal Randwick racecourse when Little Sydney popped up in April. The festival, now in its second year, gives Sydneysiders an echo of Flemington's Birdcage with deluxe restaurant marquees, a private courtyard for mingling and a whole lot of glamour.

Returning participants Icebergs and Chiswick were joined by newcomer China Doll. The marquees, set on the Rose Garden Lawn, were bigger and better than last year - Icebergs and Chiswick with a capacity of 300, China Doll's up to 150 - and also included a pop-up bar by the Keystone Group's Gazebo.

The brief at Icebergs, says owner Maurice Terzini, was for "urban warehouse farmhouse". "We tried to create a not-too-perfect environment," he says. And they hit the target with a blonde timber bar, bright low lounges and beachy hues.

The look at China Doll drew inspiration from the restaurant's signature blue and white mural. "We decided to take that idea and instead of dotting Chinese men around, we dotted horses," says chef Frank Shek.

Chiswick took an earthy approach with ceiling-mounted rocking horses, vegetable arrangements, rustic tables and olive-green walls. "We wanted guests to feel like they were walking into Chiswick," says chef Matt Moran, "but still know they were at the races."

Having a punt, of course, was the main draw, but whether or not the horses were the stars of the show is a moot point. Some guests were more excited with the prospect of black garlic fried rice, roast duck and bowls of sago pudding at China Doll. The eating at Chiswick kicked off with snacks such as lamb filo cigars and scallops with burnt eggplant purée, followed by a hearty feast of Moran Family lamb, honey-roast chicken, fillets of pan-fried ocean trout, steamed broccolini and heirloom tomato salad.

Squares of pizza evaporated from trays faster than you can say "salami" at camp Icebergs, while porchetta and a DIY antipasti counter replete with salumi, mozzarella and a spread of bright salads were also on offer. Terzini says he was aiming for a vibe that was "like going to lunch in a big farmhouse."

At the bar, glasses of Cîroc vodka topped with sparkling blood orange and Campari kicked the frivolity into top gear, while Pimm's cocktails at Chiswick were as bright and bubbly as the colourfully clad crowd.

In short, it was a day of great eats, fresh drinks and plenty of fun on the track. The perfect trifecta.

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