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Fast autumn dinners

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

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.

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.

Roast pork with Nelly Robinson

Nelly Robinson of Sydney's Nel restaurant talks us through his favourite roasting joints, tips for crisp roast potatoes and why, when it comes to pork, slow and steady always wins the race.

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.

Lemon tart

It's really important to seal the pastry well to prevent any seepage during cooking, and to trim the pastry soon after cooking. Let the tart cool in the tin before removing it, or it will crack.

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.

Pear, thyme and hazelnut tart

Thyme adds an intriguing savoury note to this burnt-butter tart, and poaching the pears in wine adds a further savoury element. Start this tart a day ahead to rest the pastry, and serve it with a dollop or two of creme fraiche.

The world’s most luxurious ship

The Seven Seas Explorer's Regent Suite

The Seven Seas Explorer's Regent Suite

It's billed as the most luxurious ship ever built and there's a sense of grandeur from the sweeping staircase and massive chandelier hovering above the reception desk as soon as you step on board. The Seven Seas Explorer was officially launched by HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco in Monte Carlo in July at a glamorous event featuring a special performance by Italian opera star Andrea Bocelli. It's been crisscrossing the Mediterranean ever since.

Measuring 223 metres, the Explorer is not the biggest ship in the cruise industry but the vessel has one of the highest space-to-guest ratios and a commitment to personal service with 552 crew members on board catering for 750 guests. 

"Seven Seas Explorer is not only the world's most luxurious ship - she sets a new benchmark for luxury vacations," says Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of the parent Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. 

There's a shiny Art Deco feel to the interiors with geometric marble floors, mirrored walls and chunky light fittings in restaurants and public areas. The ship boasts 473 crystal chandeliers, more than 4,000 square metres of marble throughout its 375 guest suites and 2,200 artworks, including masterpieces by Picasso and Chagall.

All the cabins are actually suites with a separate lounge area and interactive TV. Each has a spacious walk-in wardrobe, a bath and a separate shower and a private balcony.

The largest and most opulent suite is the Regent Suite. It spans most of the top floor, more than 360 square metres, comes with its own in-suite spa, a personal butler, and a wraparound balcony offering spectacular views across the Mediterranean. The Savoir bed in the master bedroom alone cost a staggering $190,000.

Six restaurants offer a range of fine dining from classic French cuisine including escargots à la Bourguignonne to coquilles Saint Jacques at Chartreuse to Asian specialities such as Korean-style barbecue lamb chops and curried seafood laksa at the Pacific Rim restaurant.  

A rare feature on the ship is the culinary kitchen where individual cooking stations give passengers the chance to prepare recipes from each country they visit. Guests can also choose a gourmet food tour when they go ashore including a stop at two-star Michelin restaurant Abac in Barcelona.

Jason Montague, president and COO, Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc. "Our guests have waited patiently for more than a decade for a new Regent Seven Seas Cruises ship, and once they sail Seven Seas Explorer I'm confident they will agree it was well worth the wait."

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