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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.

Cornersmith Annandale opens

Marrickville favourite Cornersmith opens a combined cafe-corner store with an alfresco sensibility.

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."

Gerard's Bistro, Demitri's Feast, Co-Op Dining, Pigeonhole Café

Gerard's Bistro, Brisbane

Gerard's Bistro, Brisbane

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country including Gerard's Bistro, Demitri's Feast, Co-Op Dining, and Pigeonhole Café.

BRISBANE
Gerard's Bistro
With the flamboyant, bar-owning Moubarak brothers (Lychee Lounge, Laruche) at the helm of this laneway dweller you'd expect a quirky edge. Artfully plated offerings from chef Ben Williamson  - smoked Murray cod with almond foam, tender octopus tentacles glossy with a tomato-smoked butter and tart slivers of green strawberry (pictured)  - side-step cliché neatly. Looking for rusticity? You'll find spicy sujuk, jewel-bright shirin polow and a saltbush lamb tagine. The Middle Eastern-Med influence is astutely referenced here, and not overplayed. 14-15 James St, Fortitude Valley, Qld, (07) 3852 3822 FIONA DONNELLY

MELBOURNE
Demitri's Feast
Demitri's Feast operates as a breakfast and lunch joint year round, but once daylight savings kicks in, owner Jim Karabagias opens his modern Greek gem with a focus on the char-grill from Thursday to Saturday night. There's a small menu, and a glass cabinet full of treats  - fish, scallops, Moreton bay bugs, chicken skewers, lamb chops  - ordered by the piece and grilled with little more intervention than oil, lemon, garlic and parsley. There are salads too, and ouzo, and a super-cute courtyard out the back. 141 Swan St, Richmond, Vic, (03) 9428 8659 MICHAEL HARDEN

PERTH
Co-Op Dining
Introducing Co-Op Dining, the new inner-city showroom for Dear Friends owners, and Swan Valley champions, Kiren and Kelli Mainwaring. While the menu is degustation only in the dining room, a tight bar-snack menu is available to those chasing something more casual. Bookings aren't taken for the bar, but standouts like swatches of Mainwaring's rich house-cured ham and wonderfully smoky local macadamia nuts make a compelling reason to try your luck. 11 Regal Pl, East Perth, WA, (08) 9221 0404 MAX VEENHUYZEN

HOBART
Pigeonhole Café 
Pigeonhole Café meets local avocado. We played a role in orchestrating this blind date and the relationship was consummated this week. It's a simple thing, avocado on toast, but, done well, it's one of the best breakfast dishes out there. Surprisingly, some of Australia's best avocados are grown in Tasmania, by South Spreyton Avocado, right in the middle of the north-west coast's prime apple-growing country. Pigeonhole Café is one of Australia's best breakfast places, so it seemed only right to introduce them to one another. Pigeonhole's Jay Patey took the bait and, from this week, the breakfast menu features South Spreyton avocados on Pigeonhole's own rye bread. Mission accomplished. Cnr Molle & Goulburn sts, West Hobart, Tas, (03) 6236 9306 SUE DYSON & ROGER MCSHANE

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