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Fast autumn dinners

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

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.

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.

All Star Yum Cha

What happens the morning after the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards? We treat the chefs to a world-beating yum cha session, as Dani Valent discovers.

Roast pork with Nelly Robinson

Nelly Robinson of Sydney's Nel restaurant talks us through his favourite roasting joints, tips for crisp roast potatoes and why, when it comes to pork, slow and steady always wins the race.

Lemon tart

It's really important to seal the pastry well to prevent any seepage during cooking, and to trim the pastry soon after cooking. Let the tart cool in the tin before removing it, or it will crack.

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.

Pear, thyme and hazelnut tart

Thyme adds an intriguing savoury note to this burnt-butter tart, and poaching the pears in wine adds a further savoury element. Start this tart a day ahead to rest the pastry, and serve it with a dollop or two of creme fraiche.

Eat, love, stay

Bowral's Biota Dining adds room to its service.

Eat, drink, be merry, for a bed is close by. In the European tradition of restaurants offering a place to stay, Biota Dining in Bowral, in the NSW Southern Highlands, has opened 13 rooms, transforming the well-regarded restaurant and lounge bar into a dining destination.

The 1960s-era motel beside the restaurant has been stripped and refurnished, rather than rebuilt, so the rooms remain boxy and simple, but they're comfortable and share the Biota dining room's calm, clean lines, with wall-mounted willow branches and mid-century Parker furniture.

"They're a resting spot in the grounds of the restaurant, not a hotel," says Biota's chef and owner James Viles, who cites as inspiration Magnus Nilsson's remote Fäviken restaurant in Järpen, Sweden. "We wanted people to arrive, relax, and enjoy our food and wine, and not have to worry about driving afterwards."

It makes sense, then, to settle in and order a five- or seven-course menu paired with wines from a strong list favouring organic and regional labels.

It might start simply with an oyster dressed with native lime, cucumber several ways and bronze fennel, and end with the forest-floor flavours of blueberries, verbena sorbet and iced chlorophyll. Linger for weekend brunch and, on the last Sunday of the month, continue grazing outside at the Biota Produce Showcase. Packages include a one-night stay and three-course meal midweek for $120 per person twin share. Biota Dining, 18 Kangaloon Rd, Bowral, NSW, (02) 4862 2005.

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