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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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

Chicken stir-fried with holy basil and chilli

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.

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Aubergine
Modern Australian
Aubergine
-35.328216,149.141678

The grey-whiskered Ben Willis could pass for a maturing, but certainly not jaded, rock star. These days he's trading flashy riffs for the culinary equivalent of unplugged - respect for produce and a less-is-more ethos. Leatherjacket is delicately poached, while the alliums it shares the plate with impart piquancy and purslane provides crunch. Just-pink, pepper-crusted chicken liver accompanies organic breast meat - with fresh salty-and-sweet bursts from accompanying black fig and prosciutto. Willis really hits a groove on dessert - a dish of liquorice custard and rose ice-cream is a beguiling composition of aniseed and floral tones. Service is seamless and staff move smoothly in the refined, split-level space of floor-to-ceiling windows and tawny tones. The wine list has hits and memories, but forays into edgier genres - including white wines with extended skin contact - keep Aubergine at the top of the local charts.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • 4 courses $80; 5-course tasting menu $95

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings essential
  • Chef:
  • Ben Willis

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