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Bread and butter pudding

Just what you need on a cold winter's night; a bowl of luscious pudding. Make sure to leave room for seconds.

Tarta de Santiago

"Gordita makes a splendid version of the Galician almond cake Tarta de Santiago, with its dramatic design. Would you please publish the recipe?" Michael MacDermott, Taringa, Qld REQUEST A RECIPE To request a recipe, email fareexchange@bauer-media.com.au or send us a message via Facebook. Please include the restaurant's name and address, as well as your name and address. Please note that because of the volume of requests we receive, we can only publish a selection in the magazine.

Coffee culture: A history

Australia’s love affair with coffee is stronger than ever; it’s become a way of life. But exactly how did a beverage manage to shape our country’s culture?

Autumn's most popular recipes 2017

As the weather started to cool down, your stoves were heating up with spicy curries, hearty breakfast dishes and comforting bowls of pasta. You balanced things out nicely with some greens but dessert wasn't entirely forgotten. Counting down from 30, here are your 2017 autumn favourites.

Bali's new wave of restaurants, hotels and bars

The restaurant and hotel scene on Australia's favourite holiday island has never been more exciting and Australian chefs, owners and restaurateurs are leading the charge, writes Samantha Coomber.

Ham hock soup

Beef cheek recipes

The name 'beef cheek' really does refer to the facial cheek muscle of a cow. It's a tough, lean cut of meat often braised or cooked slowly to produce a tender and delicious result. Here are some of our favourite ways to serve them up.

Victoria's best wine country restaurants

Port Phillip Dining

Port Phillip Dining

Victoria's northern regions, from Rutherglen to King Valley, Beechworth and Bright, are some of the most striking, their beauty both rugged and rural. They're also home to some great wineries and restaurants. Take All Saints Estate at Rutherglen. It produces stunning fortifieds and table wines but, best of all, its restaurant Terrace (All Saints Rd, Wahgunyah, 1800 021 621) has never been better, thanks to British-born chef Simon Arkless, who joined in mid-2012.

Head eastward along the Great Alpine Road to Simone's, one of the country's loveliest Italian outposts, which champions local produce and regional drops plus outstanding examples from Italy. Stay on an Italian theme at Dal Zotto (4861 Wangaratta-Whitfield Rd, Whitfield, 03 5729 8321) in the King Valley, with its wines and rustic trattoria. Patricia's Table at Brown Brothers offers more modern-Australian fare, and the other drawcard is its adjacent bar, Epi.Curious, with locally produced salumi, house-made terrines and more to accompany a vast array of wines.

In Central Victoria, the picturesque township of Kyneton isn't quite the same since chef, gardener and cookery writer Annie Smithers sold her eponymous bistro. Thankfully she's focusing on her other venture, Du Fermier (42 High St, Trentham, 03 5424 1634), which is as cosy and unpretentious as a French farmhouse kitchen.

Down Mornington Peninsula way, Ten Minutes by Tractor has the whole package. The winery restaurant with the best view, meanwhile, is Port Phillip Dining, with its vista of vines, gumtrees and Western Port in the distance. Salix Restaurant at Willow Creek (166 Balnarring Rd, Merricks North, 03 5889 7640) also has lovely vineyard views not to mention food worthy of a detour. Add La Pétanque and Montalto, and you've got a full dance-card.

Over in the Yarra Valley, there's no shortage of top drinking and eating options. The Healesville Hotel is a key contender, as is Eleonore's, while the more casual Innocent Bystander offers wood-fired pizze, freshly baked bread and tarts, house-roasted coffee and zingy pink moscato on tap. De Bortoli's Italian heritage is often reflected on the menu at its restaurant Locale (Pinnacle La, Dixons Creek, 03 5965 2271), as typified by scallops with a Sicilian-style caponata or risotto enriched with braised rabbit. Drink up.

Want more Victoria restaurant recommendations? Check out our online Restaurant Guide.

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