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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.

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

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All Star Yum Cha

What happens the morning after the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards? We treat the chefs to a world-beating yum cha session, as Dani Valent discovers.

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.

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.

Snorkel with cuttlefish in Whyalla

Cuttlefish off the Eyre Peninsula

Cuttlefish off the Eyre Peninsula

The migratory and mating habits of cuttlefish are sexier than they sound.

One of the world's most spectacular, yet little-known, animal gatherings happens each year between May and August in shallow waters north of the South Australian town of Whyalla.

Between 150,000 and 200,000 giant cuttlefish were estimated to be swarming off the east coast of Eyre Peninsula in the first month of this year's mating season, a huge increase in numbers from 2013-2014 when the cephalopods barely made a showing.

These half-metre cuttlefish gather to perform a remarkable act of courtship seen nowhere else in the world. To lure mates from their rocky hiding places, male cuttlefish will pulse or strobe with electric reds, yellows, blues and greens. The more cunning males will even impersonate females to encourage them into the open.

"It takes place just a few metres o the beaches around the Point Lowly peninsula," says cuttlefish enthusiast and Whyalla dive shop owner Tony Bramley. "All you need is a snorkel and a mask, and a wetsuit is advisable because the water can be cold."

Bramley says most visitors head for Stony Point, east of Whyalla. "There's a ramp where you can wade out into chest-deep water, hold onto a cable and watch the show. But when the numbers are good - as they are this year - they're easy to see. Cuttlefish are incredibly passive, you can get within a metre of them and it doesn't bother them at all."

Bramley hires wetsuit and snorkel gear for $75 for two days. Whyalla Diving Tours, 33 Playford Ave, Whyalla, whyallacuttlefish.com

 

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