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Best winter breakfast recipes

If you need a little more convincing than usual to get out of bed when it's cold outside, try these warm, hearty breakfast ideas to get you going, from waffles to warm polenta and smoky beans with bacon.

What to cook this winter

From rib-sticking beef rendang to the perfect goat's cheese quiche, these are the recipes to tick off for winter (so far).

Recipes using turmeric

An old Indian spice lauded for its health benefits, turmeric adds both colour and a peppery, warm, sometimes slightly bitter flavour to food. Use it in curries, with rice, as a paste for grilled meats and in warm winter soups.

Chocolate hob-nobs

These extra-large oat biscuits are exactly what you need to get through the afternoon slump. Have one with a strong cup of tea and you'll be firing.

Winter tart recipes

Tarts are as versatile as they are delicious, and are perfect for baking on a cool winter's day.

Citrus recipes

From tarte au citron to canard a l’orange, citrus flavours have long been friends of French cuisine. Pucker up for a taste of the sun-kissed Mediterranean and further afield with these recipes featuring oranges, lemons, grapefruit and mandarins.

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.

One-pot recipes

There's no need to do the dishes with these one-pot wonders. From hearty stews to creamy risottos, these recipes are mess free and perfect for a winter's night.

GT launches first Australian Hotel Guide

 Top: Anthea Loucas, Renaud Tinel and Catriona Rowntree. Bottom right: Nathan Sasi.

Top: Anthea Loucas, Renaud Tinel and Catriona Rowntree. Bottom right: Nathan Sasi.

It was all sparkle at Nomad restaurant in Sydney on Tuesday night as we presented our travel awards. But things weren't exactly as they always have been. Hostess with the mostest Catriona Rowntree was there to rock the mic for the eighth year in a row, and our friends at Nespresso were the proud sponsors, but this time there was cause for even more celebration as we launched our inaugural Australian Hotel Guide.

It's a little black book showcasing Australia's 50 finest hotels. "We have a long and proud tradition of celebrating the country's best restaurants with our Australian Restaurant Guide," says GT editor Anthea Loucas, "and now we're excited to turn our attention to the nation's hotels."

With the cream of the Australian tourism industry in attendance, there was plenty of buzz in the room as Rowntree announced the evening's award winners. Among the victors were Canberra newcomer Hotel Hotel, which won Best Boutique City Hotel (so good they named it twice), Park Hyatt Sydney, which took out the title of Best Large City Hotel, and Sofitel Brisbane Central, which went home with the gong for the all-important Best Club Sandwich category.

The crowd, a mix of hoteliers, industry insiders and media traded war stories and table-hopped with a vengeance, pausing just long enough to make the most of chef Nathan Sasi's breezy Mediterranean-inspired food. Platters of house-made charcuterie and barbecued carrots with sheep's milk labne were among the favourites, and the pièce de résistance, wood-roasted whole hog, with bowls of crunch-tastic crackling to boot.

All in all, it was a night of fabulous food, great company and lots of smiles in celebration of ground-breaking new beginnings.

Here's the full list of winners.

Vote for your favourite hotel in our Readers' Choice Awards competition for your chance to win a trip to Italy courtesy of British Airways and Mr & Mrs Smith.

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