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Flour and Stone Recipes

Baker extraordinaire Nadine Ingram of Sydney's Flour and Stone cooks up a sweet storm for Easter, including the much loved bakery's greatest hit.

Savoury tarts

Will your next baking project be a flaky puff pastry with pumpkin, goat's curd and thyme, or a classic bacon and Stilton tart? As autumn settles in, we're ticking these off one by one.

Fast autumn dinners

Autumn weather signals the arrival of soups, broths, roasts and more hearty meals.

Roasted cauliflower salad with yoghurt dressing and almonds

The cauliflower is roasted until it starts to caramelise, which adds extra depth of flavour to this winning salad. Serve it warm or at room temperature.

New cruises 2017

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1980s recipes

Australia saw some bold moves in the ’80s, and we’re not just talking hairstyles. Greater cultural references started peppering the menus of our restaurants, and home-grown ingredients won a new appreciation. The dining scene was coming of age and a new band of pioneers led the charge.

Melbournes finest meet Worlds Best

Leading chefs descend on Melbourne in April for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. We asked local hospitality folk who they’d abduct for the day and where they’d take them to show off their city. There may be coffee, there may be culture, but in the end it’s cocktails.

Roti canai

Here, we've made the dough in a food processor, but it's really quick and simple to do by hand as well. If the dough seems a little too wet just add a little more flour.

The Bleachers, Brisbane

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now: The Bleachers, Brisbane.

The guys behind The Bleachers aren't the type to grandstand. Blink and you could easily miss the narrow-fronted façade opening onto West End's main artery. And with chef Ben Devlin (Paper Daisy, Cabarita Beach) aboard as co-owner/consultant that would be an oversight - there's more hitting tables here than the picture-perfect patties and buns served by The Bleachers' likeable Fortitude Valley sibling, Ben's Burgers. A clipped, clever menu sees a subtle but winning East-West theme at play in several dishes. The mixed salad is a case in point, the description underselling the jumble of wakame, kelp and dried fungus that adds interest to the usual leafy line-up, the flavours intensified by a shiso and sesame oil dressing. Chunky fall-off-the-bone short ribs are topped with vibrant Japanese-style pickles, lacy red slices of lotus root, and ginger and radish adding texture to the richly savoury beef. Green tea soft-serve is sprinkled with dried mandarin zest, and crowns a puff of choux pastry filled with mandarin crème pâtissière. Drinks are also on the money: just five wines but all available by the glass, including a cracking Queensland marsanne. Head for the hidden courtyard out the back replete with a chain-link fence and - yep - timber bleachers.

The Bleachers, 153 Boundary St, West End, Qld, (07) 3846 3005. Open Wed-Mon 11.30am till late.

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