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Seven ways to do dumplings

Dumplings may be bite-sized, but they pack a flavourful punch. Here are seven mouth-watering recipes, from Korean mandu to classic Chinese-style steamed dumplings.

Recipes with zucchini

Whether served raw with olive oil, grated with fresh herbs, or pan-fried in a pancake - zucchini is a must-have ingredient when it comes to spring cooking.

Best feta recipes

Feta's tang livens up all sorts of dishes, from beef shin rigatoni or blistered kale ribs to Greek-style roast lamb neck.

Pickett's Deli & Rotisserie, Melbourne

Here’s Pickett’s inside running on the menu at Melbourne's new European-style eatery and wine bar Pickett's Deli & Rotisserie.

Melbourne's best late-night bars

As the shutters come down in other Australian capitals, Melbourne's vibrant nightlife is just hitting it's stride. Michael Harden burns the midnight oil at the city's best late-night bars and diners.

Nougat, salted peanut caramel and milk chocolate tart

What's not to love about a Snickers bar? All the elements are here, but if you don't feel like making your own nougat, you could always scatter some diced nougat in the base of the tart instead. The caramel is dark, verging on bitter, while a good whack of salt cuts through some of the sweetness - extra roasted salted peanuts on top can only be a good thing.

Apfel kuchen

"This is my mother's famous apple cake. The apples are macerated with sugar, cinnamon and lemon, and this lovely juice produces the icing," says Brigitte Hafner. The apples can be prepared the night before and kept in the fridge. This cake keeps well for four days and is at its best served the day after it's made."

Tokyo eating guide

Whether it's yakitori or yakiniku, sushi or soba, dress down for ramen or dress up for kaiseki, chef Michael Ryan has every meal covered in the Japanese capital.

Last-minute Christmas provisions

Chocolate roulade from Jocelyn's Provisions

Chocolate roulade from Jocelyn's Provisions

Of course you've been nurturing the pudding for months already, patiently feeding it booze. You had the turkey ordered back in spring, the mince pies are on the go, you've grown your own tree - heck, you've even cured the ham yourself. But on the off-chance, the microscopic possibility, that you've left some of your Christmas preparations to the last minute this year, we've pulled together a few lifesavers, a few fall-back Santa's-little-helpers that will keep you on track for a cool Yule. Let's get festive, people.

TRADITIONAL SUET PUDDINGS
Alistair and Teena at Hobart's premier pâtisserie, Sweet Envy, are good at many things, making traditional English suet puddings being one of them. They also make a mean fruitcake, not to mention Christmas cookies, mince pies and shortbread, so be sure to stock up while you're there.

CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATES
The Cat's Tongue chocolates are among Hobart's finest. This year's Christmas specials include pistachio-coated spiced truffles with confit orange and lemon, Christmas "carolmels" (caramels jazzed up with booze and spice), gingerbread ganache with molasses, as well as fresh marzipan. You'll find them at their newly opened café and chocolate shop in Huonville (open weekends only), as well as at The Pigeon Hole café and Wursthaus Kitchen in Hobart.

SUPERB SEAFOOD
Joto, one of Sydney's top seafood suppliers, now extends its services to the general public. Head to the Botany warehouse on Saturday mornings, from 8am until noon, for all your Christmas seafood needs (all sustainably sourced, no less). Among the offerings are hampers packed with festive favourites, such as lobster, prawns, Balmain bugs, Split Rock oysters, Tetsuya's soft smoked ocean trout, Yarra Valley caviar and more.

CHRISTMAS BISCUITS
Phillippa's bakery in Melbourne is doing Belgian chocolate and vanilla Christmas trees, lemon-iced vanilla stars and button-sized shortbreads this festive season. Don't have a sweet tooth? The handmade sesame and parmesan sablés have your name on them.

GLAZED HAMS AND DEEP-FRIED TURKEYS
Pressed for time? Cooking for a crowd? Perth's prime butchery, Mondo, is doing hams glazed with brown sugar, honey and maple, and Bourbon-brined deep-fried turkeys as part of its Christmas spread. Centrepiece sorted.

BEECHWOOD-SMOKED HAM
For top-shelf hams in Sydney, head to Lucas Meats. They do a double-smoked boneless ham and an easy-carve option, but it's their beechwood-smoked version they're best known for. They're in high demand, so get in while they last.

PANETTONE APLENTY
For all things Italian this Christmas, look no further than Enoteca Sileno. Their panettone portfolio ranges from classic to glazed, beer-spiked and gluten-free. They've also got a handsome selection of pandoro and panforte. Buono.

ORGANIC TURKEYS
Sustainable Sydney providores Feather and Bone are selling GreenAg Organic Farm turkeys from the Toowoomba area this year. Not only will they make a striking (and tasty) centrepiece, they're also minimally processed and hormone-, antibiotic- and preservative-free. Win-win.

DRY-AGED WAGYU BEEF
Who said Christmas had to be all about pig and poultry? The dry-aged wagyu offerings from Brisbane's beef specialists Cabassi & Co are good enough to put any old ham or turkey to shame.

HAMS BIG AND SMALL      
Griffith Butchery in Canberra source their hams from Bundawarrah pork in Temora, NSW. They're free-range, naturally smoked and come in both bone-in and boned-rolled versions for easy carving.

RUM TRUFFLE BALLS
Sherbet, one of Perth's top destinations for provisions of the baked kind, are going all out this Christmas with snowballs (bite-sized fruit truffles injected with rum), gingerbread cookies, mince pies and old-fashioned fruitcakes big and small.

BRIGITTE HAFNER'S STOLLEN
Brigitte Hafner's stollen has made a name for itself in Melbourne and it's not hard to see why. The recipe comes from Hafner's mother who, unlike commercial stollen-makers, goes for the traditional method using almond meal and dried fruit with spiced essences of rum and bitter almond. They're available at Hafner's Gertrude Street Enoteca or via post, but you'll need to get your order in quick - they're one of her best-sellers.

CUSTOMISED HAM
Berkshire or Hampshire? Apple or hickory-smoked? The good folk at Feast Fine foods will leave that decision up to you. They're doing tailor-made hams, offering a range of pork breeds, cures, spices and smokes - all that's left for you to do is combine them as you please. 

CHOCOLATE ROULADE
Prime Brisbane bakery Jocelyn's Provisions is doing all the Christmas staples this year: puddings, shortbread, gingerbread trees - you name it. But it's the chocolate roulade with white-chocolate cream and fresh raspberries that's really got our attention. What's even better is that you can place your order online. Too easy.

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