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Pea and ham soup

Bread and butter pudding

Just what you need on a cold winter's night; a bowl of luscious pudding. Make sure to leave room for seconds.

Tarta de Santiago

"Gordita makes a splendid version of the Galician almond cake Tarta de Santiago, with its dramatic design. Would you please publish the recipe?" Michael MacDermott, Taringa, Qld REQUEST A RECIPE To request a recipe, email fareexchange@bauer-media.com.au or send us a message via Facebook. Please include the restaurant's name and address, as well as your name and address. Please note that because of the volume of requests we receive, we can only publish a selection in the magazine.

Coffee culture: A history

Australia’s love affair with coffee is stronger than ever; it’s become a way of life. But exactly how did a beverage manage to shape our country’s culture?

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.

Autumn's most popular recipes 2017

As the weather started to cool down, your stoves were heating up with spicy curries, hearty breakfast dishes and comforting bowls of pasta. You balanced things out nicely with some greens but dessert wasn't entirely forgotten. Counting down from 30, here are your 2017 autumn favourites.

Ham hock soup

Beef cheek recipes

The name 'beef cheek' really does refer to the facial cheek muscle of a cow. It's a tough, lean cut of meat often braised or cooked slowly to produce a tender and delicious result. Here are some of our favourite ways to serve them up.

Cathay Pacific's new airport lounges

Lounge design needs to satisfy loners and more sociable creatures.

Premium flyers probably don't ponder the psychology behind airline lounges, but it's central to David Nelson's work. As head of design at London-based Foster & Partners, which recently renovated three of Cathay Pacific's four Hong Kong airport lounges, Nelson and his team have plumbed the habits and desires of global nomads.

"The business traveller these days is somebody who's going to be working incredibly intensely," Nelson says. "The only downtime you have is when you're on the plane or in the lounge. So there is a kind of a psychological need to be private, to be separate." To satisfy that craving, Foster & Partners created the Solus chair exclusively for Cathay's Hong Kong lounges - a semi-private pod in which passengers can recharge themselves and their gadgets, eat, make calls and work with minimal eye contact and no personal space issues.

Not everyone wants to cocoon, however, so lounges must satisfy diverse moods. Hence the Japanese residential vibe in the Bridge lounge, the canteen-style noodle bars (serving moreish dan dan noodles) and the bakeries and coffee carts in each of the Cathay lounges. As Nelson says, "It's a bit like a very good house that's designed for parties."

One of the world's best-known architectural practices, Foster & Partners has designed projects as diverse as London's Millennium Bridge and the Wembley Stadium to the Reichstag redevelopment in Berlin and Abu Dhabi's futuristic Masdar City. The Cathay brief was their first attempt at airline lounge design. The biggest challenge, Nelson says, is making them function smoothly at peak times.

"It's relatively easy to provide pleasant surroundings if there's hardly any passengers. But trying to cope with high-density numbers and still give a level of privacy and make sure everybody's catered to is a challenge a lot of airline lounges have."

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