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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.

Fast autumn dinners

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

New cruises 2017

Cue the Champagne.

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.

Inside The Ritz Paris

Styled with absolute opulence, Paris’s famed hotel has swung open its iron gates after a four-year renovation.

Steeped in a history both luxurious and scandalous, The Ritz Paris at the exclusive Place Vendôme has reopened this week after four years of painstaking renovations.

The giant, grand hotel has 71 residential rooms and 71 suites for those willing to splash out on the starting price of $1,983. Following a reported $611 million refurbishment by designer Thierry Despont, the result is an unrestrained combination of opulent Empire style and Classicism marked by fine wood panelling and soft pastel colours.

Founded in 1898, the Ritz has acted as the private playground for illustrious artists and creative figures throughout history. A rollcall of notable residents and guests includes Coco Chanel, who died at the hotel in 1971 after calling it home for 35 years; Ernest Hemingway, for whom one of the hotel's bars is named; and Marcel Proust. Fifteen light-bathed, exquisite Prestige Suites are named for characters such as Chanel and Proust but also F Scott Fitzgerald and the Duke of Windsor, each taking in elements of their personal style. The 59-square-metre Marcel Proust suite, for instance, authentically replicates the novelist's original quarters at the hotel, complete with rich library, souvenirs and period furniture. The plush 188-square-metre Coco Chanel Prestige Suite matches classic black and white touches with gilded mirrors and velvet lounges.

 

Exterior of The Ritz Paris.

Within The Ritz Club alongside an impressive tiled pool, The Chanel au Ritz Paris is a new lavish spa dedicated to Chanel skincare - a world first for the luxury brand. Notably, Australian hair stylist David Mallet whose clients include Carla Bruni and Charlotte Gainsbourg, has been appointed in-house stylist. 

In the hotel's courtyard, a retractable glass roof serves as a barrier to the elements in the winter months. The Ritz Escoffier cooking school of pastry and French cuisine has also expanded with three shiny new kitchens, and guests may also dine at the luxe L'Espadon restaurant with Nicholas Sale at the helm, Bar Vendome brasserie or The Ritz Bar bistro, all within the hotel walls.

The Ritz Paris, 15 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris, +33 1 43 16 30 30, ritzparis.com

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