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Fast Chinese Recipes

If you’re looking for quick and spicy dishes to celebrate Chinese New Year, we have the likes of kung pao chicken, ma po beancurd, XO pipis with Chinese broccoli and plenty more fire and crunch here.

Lebanese-style snapper

"This dish is Lebanese-peasant done fancy with all the peasant-style flavours you'll find in Lebanese cooking, but with a beautiful piece of fish added," says Bacash. "The trick to not overcooking fish is to be aware that it cooks from the outside inwards and the centre should only cook until it's warm, not hot. If it gets hot in the middle, it will become overcooked from the residual heat. It takes a little practise getting to know this - be conscious of the inside of the fish and not the outside. Until you get it right, you can always get a little paring knife and peek inside the flesh when you think it's ready; it won't damage it too much."

Prego rolls

"This is a Mozambican specialty and one of the foods that changed my life in terms of African cuisine," says Duncan Welgemoed. "The best spot to get a prego roll in South Africa is the Radium Beerhall. It's run by my godfather, Manny, and is the oldest pub in Jo'burg. The meats are grilled out the back by Mozambican staff and are still done the same way today as they were 30 years ago." Start this recipe a day ahead to marinate the beef.

Green salad with vinaigrette

"Our seven-year-old, Arwen, has been making this vinaigrette since she was five - she tastes it as she goes," says Levy Redzepi. "It's fresh and acidic and as good as the leaves. Frillice lettuce is crunchy but it's thin so it's like a perfect mix of cos and iceberg."

Curried young coconut salad with sorrel

"This subtle salad acts like a palate-cleanser alongside the more intensely spiced meats and vegetables at an African barbecue," says Welgemoed.

Oyster dipping sauce

"To me, eating raw things is integral to any good meal, especially during a barbecue in summer," says Rene Redzepi. "You can do it with oysters on the half-shell with a bit of lemon juice, or something like this sauce. It's a perfect start - rich, fresh, creamy, with the crunch from the raw vegetables and a lot of acidity from the parsley, vinegar, and all these things that give brightness."

Fast and fresh summer recipes

Fish in a flash, speedy stir-fries, ripe and ready fruit – magic dishes in moments. Here's a preview of the recipes in our February 2016 issue.

Burnham Beeches reborn

Historic Dandenong Ranges mansion is part of chef's grand vision.

A private home with its own cinema and lift, a children's hospital, a science research facility, and a small luxury hotel once owned by Aman Resorts - Burnham Beeches has had many incarnations since it was built for the Nicholas family, founders of the Aspro brand, in 1933. But the distinctive streamline-moderne mansion in the Dandenong Ranges town of Sherbrooke has languished for the past 20 years, since Aman's Adrian Zecha shuttered what was then Burnham Beeches Country House.

Enter chef-restaurateur Shannon Bennett and developer Adam Garrison, who, as new owners, have launched the first phase in a plan they hope will make Burnham Beeches one of the premier food and accommodation destinations in the country.

So far it's all been about prep work, with an emu farm (for the eggs), a trufferie and extensive fruit and vegetable gardens now up and running on various parts of the 23-hectare property. Major building work is already under way, which will see the house reborn as a luxury boutique hotel complete with plunge pool, bar, ballroom, day spa, restaurant and rooftop croquet lawn, plus a cinema and two-lane bowling alley in the basement. There will be additional guest rooms elsewhere on the property, a small village of food businesses - bakery, brewery, steakhouse, teashop and cheese room - plus hiking trails and picnic areas to encourage daytrippers.

The bakery-café (in the old piggery - the stalls are being converted to booths) will open this spring*, with the steakhouse and the brewery on track for March 2014, and the hotel is expected to take its first guests at the end of 2015.

*Update: The Piggery Café and Burnham Bakery are now open. Read all about them here.

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