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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.

Event: Bacon Week

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Curry recipes

When you're in need of rejuvenation, there's nothing better than a warming bowl of curry, whether it's gently spiced potato and egg, a punchy Jamaican goat number or an elaborate Burmese fish curry. Here are our favourite recipes.

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.

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.

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.

On the pass: Karen Batson, Cookie

After 12 years in business, what keeps the crowds coming back to Cookie?
We see it as an extension of your home. Both the space and the menu are really welcoming, which attracts a good mixture of people and a great energy.

Melbourne in summer can really bake - what's your go-to to beat the heat?
A simple green mango salad with lemongrass, peanuts, mint, coriander, Thai basil and dried anchovies. And for dessert, tapioca pudding topped with either lychees or mango ice-cream.

Or panna cotta with lime, strawberries and fresh basil. That's not very Thai, but I love it.

What have been your most memorable adventures travelling in Thailand?
Travelling with the Thais on their home turf and being the only farang there. It involved driving for an hour, and then another hour by long boat to a restaurant on sticks over the water. We ate oysters the size of your palm and curried soft-shell crab.

How does the Cookie team celebrate when it gets a bit of time off?
We are very much a big Thai family, so we always get together and have a barbecue on New Year's Day. Especially in hospitality, that time to stop work and enjoy some good food and good, relaxed company yourself is very important. There's always lots of beer and whisky.

What about the morning after the night before - what's your hangover survival menu?
Fried chicken, green papaya salad and sticky rice, and roti bread with condensed milk and banana.

Cookie, level 1, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne, Vic, (03) 9663 7660

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