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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.

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.

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.

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.

Recipes for the long weekend

Long weekends leave ample time for sharing a home-cooked meal with friends. Take your pick from this selection of slow-cooked roasts, modern side dishes and sweet desserts.

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."

Chicken stir-fried with holy basil and chilli

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.

The producers: Two Rivers Green Tea

A leading local tea exporter now offers his leaves to the domestic market.

Who William Leckey has been producing green tea from his boutique plantation near Alexandra in Victoria for more than a decade, but it's only recently that his teas have started making waves in Australia. Where in the past his tea was produced exclusively for the Japanese market, today it's available back home under the Two Rivers label.

How Camellia sinensis, the tea plant, is dormant through winter, so harvest commences in spring. The first harvest, rich in nutrients accumulated over winter, produces shincha, a tea popular in Japan for its intensity and sweeter ending notes. The next harvest occurs 45 to 55 days later, after the plant has had a chance to bud anew, producing the more commonly recognised sencha: a lighter-bodied, aromatic green tea.

Why Producing green tea that meets Japanese standards hasn't been easy, but Leckey has managed to pull it off, offering a range of impressively authentic Japanese-style teas. He's a firm believer of farming in tune with nature, so you won't find any harmful chemicals in his products. Another thing you won't find is a hefty price tag - because Two Rivers is produced locally, it comes at a more reasonable price than many imports of its calibre. Prices start at $10/100gm.

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