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Best winter breakfast recipes

If you need a little more convincing than usual to get out of bed when it's cold outside, try these warm, hearty breakfast ideas to get you going, from waffles to warm polenta and smoky beans with bacon.

What to cook this winter

From rib-sticking beef rendang to the perfect goat's cheese quiche, these are the recipes to tick off for winter (so far).

Recipes using turmeric

An old Indian spice lauded for its health benefits, turmeric adds both colour and a peppery, warm, sometimes slightly bitter flavour to food. Use it in curries, with rice, as a paste for grilled meats and in warm winter soups.

Chocolate hob-nobs

These extra-large oat biscuits are exactly what you need to get through the afternoon slump. Have one with a strong cup of tea and you'll be firing.

Winter tart recipes

Tarts are as versatile as they are delicious, and are perfect for baking on a cool winter's day.

Citrus recipes

From tarte au citron to canard a l’orange, citrus flavours have long been friends of French cuisine. Pucker up for a taste of the sun-kissed Mediterranean and further afield with these recipes featuring oranges, lemons, grapefruit and mandarins.

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.

One-pot recipes

There's no need to do the dishes with these one-pot wonders. From hearty stews to creamy risottos, these recipes are mess free and perfect for a winter's night.

Fairy's Burger at Mary's

Fairy's Burger at Mary's

Fairy's Burger at Mary's

If the sweet memory of sprinkles matched with beef and cheese hasn't left your brain since last Mardi Gras, you'll be happy to hear that Mary's in Sydney are bringing back their Fairy's Burger for Mardi Gras week, starting today.

With the parade hitting town this Saturday, the streets are being lined with rainbow flags, CBD Lowes stores are redefining "high-vis gear", banks are sparkling with GAYTMs and costume prep is in full swing. And the Mary's boys, no strangers to a party, are also doing their bit. The limited-edition Fairy's Burger sees the steamy buns of the classic Mary's signature burger or the popular cheeseburger engage in a saucy (but safe) genre-bending liaison with fairy bread, emerging bedazzled in the most celebratory of ways with hundreds and thousands.

"It's like there's a Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in my mouth and everyone's invited," said our volunteer taster, GT chief critic Pat Nourse. "No burger in the city comes anywhere this close to representing the diversity of Sydney's sexuality in one hot, greasy handful," he added. "And hey, sprinkles."

The burger is available at both Mary's in Newtown and the CBD and this year also at The Unicorn Hotel, and if you slap down an extra buck for it, Mary's will match your dollar, with proceeds going to charity.

Though some may be hitting the gym in preparation for the weekend, we'll be doing as the Mary's crew suggest: supporting a great cause and getting fat while doing so. Happy Mardi Gras.

The Fairy's burger is available from 1-6 March. Mary's Newtown, 6 Mary St, Newtown, (02) 4995 9550; Mary's CBD, 154 Castlereagh St, Sydney; The Unicorn Hotel, 106 Oxford St, Paddington.

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