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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.

New cruises 2017

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Fast autumn dinners

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

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.

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.

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.

Australia's best hotel spas

Crown Metropol's Isika Spa

Crown Metropol's Isika Spa

Indulgence comes easily to Australian hotels. In-house spas are the ticket to peace and tranquillity, whether decked out in their Roman Empire best or set simply, in a beautiful setting. Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge in northern Tasmania takes the latter course, letting neighbouring Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park cast its spell. The force is strongest at the lodge's Waldheim Alpine Spa, where a couple's sanctuary straddles the picture-book Pencil Pine River.

Just outside the feelgood capital of NSW, guests at the Byron at Byron Resort & Spa check into a 25-hectare tropical haven for site-specific treatments such as the "rainforest respite" and botanical facials. Guests eat well, too: chef Gavin Hughes' menus highlight regional produce (Bangalow pork, Yamba prawns) sourced from farmers' markets.

Our élite lodges excel at relaxation therapy, from Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa's stress-busting combination of World Heritage wilderness and six-room spa featuring Sodashi beautifiers to Qualia's rituals of "bush essence" body wraps and warm stone massages deployed in tropical pavilions overlooking the Coral Sea. The bijou spa at the Reef House Hotel in Palm Cove packs plenty of pleasure into a small space. Its Dreamtime-themed offerings use home-grown Li'Tya products and run to purifying body tonics using local ochres, ash clays and smoked paperbark oils. The Healing Waters Spa at nearby Silky Oaks Lodge draws its inspiration from the Daintree National Park and Mossman River. Nature-based treatments using Sodashi products include a three-hour detoxifying ritual.

We're spoiled for urban spas, and among our favourite city retreats are Crown Metropol's Isika Spa, set 27 floors above metropolitan Melbourne. Besides chakra-balancing massages and anti-ageing facials, the high-rise pool, gym and sauna are perfect for letting off steam. The neighbouring Crown Spa at Crown Towers ramps up the indulgence factor with its Aqua Retreat (hammam, lap pool, private lounge) and elixirs infused with caviar and gold.

In Sydney, we love the Australian-accented treatments (clays, quandong) at the Park Hyatt spa, not least because guests have access to the rooftop pool with its harbour views. And relative newcomer QT Sydney has given us a new appreciation for the old-school pleasures of wet shaves, pedicures and facials tailored to suit every skin type.

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