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Seven ways to do dumplings

Dumplings may be bite-sized, but they pack a flavourful punch. Here are seven mouth-watering recipes, from Korean mandu to classic Chinese-style steamed dumplings.

Best feta recipes

Feta's tang livens up all sorts of dishes, from beef shin rigatoni or blistered kale ribs to Greek-style roast lamb neck.

Recipes with zucchini

Whether served raw with olive oil, grated with fresh herbs, or pan-fried in a pancake - zucchini is a must-have ingredient when it comes to spring cooking.

Pickett's Deli & Rotisserie, Melbourne

Here’s Pickett’s inside running on the menu at Melbourne's new European-style eatery and wine bar Pickett's Deli & Rotisserie.

Apfel kuchen

"This is my mother's famous apple cake. The apples are macerated with sugar, cinnamon and lemon, and this lovely juice produces the icing," says Brigitte Hafner. The apples can be prepared the night before and kept in the fridge. This cake keeps well for four days and is at its best served the day after it's made."

Nougat, salted peanut caramel and milk chocolate tart

What's not to love about a Snickers bar? All the elements are here, but if you don't feel like making your own nougat, you could always scatter some diced nougat in the base of the tart instead. The caramel is dark, verging on bitter, while a good whack of salt cuts through some of the sweetness - extra roasted salted peanuts on top can only be a good thing.

Melbourne's best late-night bars

As the shutters come down in other Australian capitals, Melbourne's vibrant nightlife is just hitting it's stride. Michael Harden burns the midnight oil at the city's best late-night bars and diners.

Tokyo eating guide

Whether it's yakitori or yakiniku, sushi or soba, dress down for ramen or dress up for kaiseki, chef Michael Ryan has every meal covered in the Japanese capital.

On Byron time

An inspired makeover has turned three cottages into a retreat of relaxed style and old-school charm. Describing a place as central and tucked away might seem like an oxymoron, but Atlantic Byron Bay manages to be just that. The Caribbean plantation-inspired property is a relaxed stroll from Main Beach via a raft of boutiques (and what we think is some of Byron's best coffee, at Bayleaf). Yet step beyond the palm-fringed boundary and the bustle of Byron seems miles away. The feeling of escape begins along paths winding through lush gardens, past daybeds, hanging chairs and old-school Adirondacks.

Eight years ago Kimberly Amos, Stephen Eakin and their three sons moved from Sydney's northern beaches to Byron and began transforming the Atlantic's three original beach cottages into a breezy collection of communal living and kitchen spaces, with 15 guestrooms, all with decks. Driftwood cottage has charcoal exteriors, striped awnings and decks off ensuite rooms in chalky colours. Deep in the gardens surrounding Driftwood is an American Airstream popular for chic "camping" in the heart of Byron; a self-contained studio near Driftwood is ideal for a small group or family. Coconut Cottage is all pastels, palms and original artworks, and The Lodge is a relaxed blend of mid-century modern and coastal cool. While helpful staff are on hand, their discretion creates a feeling of well-serviced retreat. There are some decisions they can't help with: swim, surf or nap? 13 Marvell St, Byron Bay, NSW, (02) 6685 5118. Rooms from $285.

Related: Byron Bay travel guide.


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