Mike Jeffries reveals the secret story of spreadable bacon

SPREADABLE bacon cooked up in a Papamoa kitchen is kicking up a storm after former truck driver turned barbecue king Mike Jeffries stumbled on a winning idea.

Alpaca my fork! TAFE students cook the new red meat

ECHOES RESTAURANT: Chef David Campbell with TAFE student Maggie Wu prepare the Kimchi and Sriracha for the braised Alpaca shoulder.Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail

“It delivers a beautiful, delicate flavour between lamb and veal"

My Shout: A wink to a veteran in the craft beer market

Simon IrwinPhoto: Tamara MacKenzie / The Morning Bulletin

Not a fan of Indian Pale Ales? This one might change your mind.

Winter: time for comfort food

Kumara are full of vitamins, antioxidants and dietary fibre.

Hearty vegetarian alternatives for winter.

The chocolate queen shares her cake tips

Kirsten Tibballs’ decadent chocolate cake.

Check out Kirsten Tibballs' sweet, sweet chocolate tips

EXCLUSIVE: Find out what really makes Heston tick

Heston Blumenthal is a judge on the MasterChef panel this week.

Heston on cooking and questioning everything

Verandahs are out, 'eskie' homes are in

The verandah is decreasing in popularity even though it has many benefits for the tropical Australian home.

3 out of 5 Aussies judge friends on their toilets

Aussies have high standards when it comes to cleanliness

DIY: How to build a backyard fire pit

DIY stars and Weekend magazine columnists Ayden and Jess Hogan.

Would you build this for your backyard?

11 carpet cleaning hacks we bet you’ve never heard of

If your vacuum cleaner struggles to pick up pet hair, try a squeegee for fur-free carpets every time.

11 carpet cleaning hacks you've never heard of.

DIY: Building a sawhorse with Ayden and Jess

Builders Ayden and Jess show you how to use leftover timber

WATCH: Coast homes destroyed by termites

EATEN: Termite damage in another Sunshine Coast home.

Pest controller finds active termites in three homes a week

DIY: Add a splash of luxury to your bathroom

A gooseneck tap over the claw-foot bath adds a traditional touch to an otherwise modern design.

At what stage in home-building do you plan a bathroom?

Gardening: Bush delicacies to grow in your own backyard

MOST of the food plants that we grow and eat originate in places other than Australia.

Clone and grow your own potatoes

Spoiled for choice ... there are close to 4000 different varieties of potato.

Turn one kilogram of potatoes into enough for winter

Gardening: Repair storm damage to encourage new growth

Remove damaged leaves to make the garden look better and minimise the risk of infection.

MOST gardens along the east coast took a severe battering this week

Orchid will spike interest

A pink and white evergreen cymbidium clarisse orchid flower in bloom.

Everything you need to know about growing orchids

Zygocactus is one plant that celebrates winter in style

The zygocactus is recognisable yet has an uncommon name

It's hardy and easy to grow and all it needs is good drainage.

Edible flowers: Roses aren't just for looking at

An Ian Thorpe rose.

There are plenty of flowers useful in the kitchen

TRAVEL: Skiing in Japan is value for money

EARLY bird deals for 2016/17 Northern Hemisphere snow season.

Missed Sydney's Vivid Festival? Here's how it looked.

Vivid Sydney Cruise

WATCH: This year's Vivid Festival in colour

Travel: Where killers go to be stitched up

Snake surprise: An incredible X-ray showing Ingrid the carpet python with a large flying fox she swallowed and which made her ill.

You wouldn't think Australia Zoo could make you feel like a voyeur

Why Lucca is the place to get lost

The view over the Italian town of Lucca and its typical terracotta roofs.

If Italy is on your travel bucket list, you'll want to read this.

Aaliyah on song for semi-final face-off

MACKAY teen Aaliyah Warren is on the mend after putting on a brave face for her most recent live performance on The Voice.

Our Harry dishes a win on MasterChef

COOK OFF: MasterChef contestant Harry Foster.

Harry Foster has pulled off the seemingly impossible

The long walk back from self-destructive promiscuity

Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed's novel documents her very long hike back to normal

How this TV star turned her pregnancy notes into a book

Actor and author Kate Ritchie and her recently published children’s book I Just Couldn’t Wait to Meet You. Published by Random House Australia, the book is available in stores nationwide and online.

If you're and expectant mother this book will make your heart sing

SPOILER: Mixed feelings about the return of Offspring

Asher Keddie as Nina Proudman in season six of Offspring.

The return of Offspring offers bittersweet viewing for its fans

Quantico actress has never been on a date

Priyanka Chopra has "never" been on a date.

Bridget to give it her best shot at Girlfriend Model Search

ALL Bridget Smyth wanted to do was build up her confidence before heading off to high school. She thought modelling would be the perfect way to do just that.

Toowoomba woman stars in world-wide reality TV show

WEDDING GOWNS: Ferrari Formalwear and Brides of Toowoomba owner Leesa Pailthorpe is excited to feature on reality television show Say Yes to the Dress.

Say Yes to the Dress was filmed at Brides of Sydney

PHOTOS: Is 17-year-old Ashlee Gladstone's next top model?

FLASH JOB: Ashlee Smith,17 , has featured in several beauty magazines and tv commercials.

Ashlee Smith has been scouted by local and state photographers

Zeil’s the real deal when it comes to world-class shopping

Frankfurt, the fifth-largest city in Germany, is home to the Zeil (below right), one of the busiest shopping streets in the country.

Is this the world's best shopping destination?

Meet the first transgender woman to enter beauty pageant

Transgender female Mandy Leigh Jones is proud of her 186 tattoos.

Mandy the first transgender woman in the Miss Ink Australia pageant.

Ash could be saying Aloha for Hawaiian Tropics

Ash Anderson will leave Gladstone on Tuesday to compete in the national titles for the Miss Hawaiian Tropics. Photo: contributed

Ash could be saying Aloha for Hawaiian Tropics

City glam team beautifies Miss World Australia finalist

YOUNG BEAUTY: Miss World Australia finalist Emma Peterson visited Toowoomba to have a glam team beautify her for her competition portfolio.

Miss World Australia will be chosen later this year

ATM operating systems need security updates

Barnaby jack is the Kiwi who first hacked into an ATM.

Are your copies of Harry Potter worth thousands?

Harry Potter books

How to tell if your old copies of Harry Potter are worth $80,000

Thermomix explodes leaving mum with burns

Sonya Enkelmann suffered burns to her arms and face after her thermo mix exploded

Gracemere mum learns what not to cook in a thermomix.

Coles and Woolworths' dairy war hurts CQ farmers

Michael and Aaron Clews, from Slatewood dairy farm in Rossmoya, discuss the impact of supermarket milk wars on Central Queensland farmers and economy.

Dairy price war impacting $70 million injected into CQ economy

Queensland dairy industry struggling as farmers hit wall

"...now they’re not producing enough milk to cover Queensland"

Is the new Macbook worth it?

The new Macbook

It's expensive but the new Macbook is impressive

Forget business success question, ask what people will buy

The five cent coin is soon to be a discontinued currency in Australia.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

We shouldn't be looking at what makes a business successful

Male trainer asked teen if she was 'sexually active'

A MALE gym trainer asked a teenage girl in a personal training consultation if she was sexually active.

'All I heard when my baby cried was ‘you’re a terrible mum'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images of Katie Dykes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

KATIE'S battle with PND is not unlike many mothers.

'I just thought all mums got no sleep'

MELTOPIA battled PND with all four of her children.

Vital Ipswich health service set for shake-up

It's a simple service but it's absolutely essential to health

Can cancer just disappear?

Could stimulating the immune system causes regression?

OPINION: Steaks have been raised in vegan challenge

My meals have comprised vegetables, soy and a squeeze of lemon juice for dinner. And another firm favourite is a wombok salad for dinner and lunch.

Four days in and it’s a lot tougher than I thought.

Dads have their say on being a stay at home parent

WELL we broke one big rule with our Hey Mumma story this week. We actually asked the opinion of a DAD!

The pitfalls of trying to give mothers parenting advice

"You've never had kids so you have no idea"

Cruel opinions thrown at mums no matter what they do

Mother Sitting With Son Reading Story Indoors. Thinkstock image.

Women often the harshest judges, say mums

Baby boy arrives on driveway of grandparents' home

Toby Hill was born on June 22 on his grandparents driveway in Riverhills. Pictured is grandfather Nick Eagle, emergency dispatcher Marie Grant, grandmother Donna Eagle, paramedic Kate Patis, mum Hannah Hill, paramedic Rachel Prentice, dad Matt Hill and big brother Bradley Hill.

Woman gives birth to impatient baby on driveway

Nothing’s harder than being a mum and working full time

Being a mum is hard work, and doing a job full time can be tough

What's harder – being a mum, or full-time work?

Ipswich readers agreed that it was tough being a mum

One third of young mums smoking during pregnancy

A smoker enjoys a cigarette in Sydney, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The cost of a packet of cigarettes could rise to $40 after Finance Minister Mathias Cormann confirmed the Federal Budget would contain a 12.5 per cent annual increase in tobacco excise over the four years to 2020. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING

Young mums still not getting the message

10 tips for a long and strong marriage

AFTER sixty-six years of marriage, Fay Wyeth says dating should never get old and it’s okay to admire the opposite sex as long as it’s nothing more.

Relationships: Boyfriends versus husbands

Rides a motorbike? Boyfriend. Fun boyfriend, but boyfriend never the less.

The big old debate about who makes settling down worth it

Five steps to make someone fall in love with you

Clarence Valley single men - a new TV series wants you.

Psychotherapist and author M. Gary Neuman shares his top tips

'Love drugs' now exist - how do we handle that?

You have three wishes from the love genie, what do you ask for?

You have three wishes from the love genie, what do you ask for?