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Most popular recipes summer 2017

Counting down from 20, here are this summer's most-loved recipes.

Curtis Stone's strawberry, elderflower and brioche summer puddings

"Think of this dessert as a deconstructed version of a summer pudding, with thinly sliced strawberries macerated in elderflower liqueur and layered between slices of brioche," says Stone. "A dollop of whipped cream on top is a cooling counterpoint to the floral flavours."

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.

Chorizo hotdogs with chimichurri and smoky red relish

A hotdog is all about the condiments. Here, choose between a smoky red capsicum relish or the bright flavours of chimichurri, or go for a bit of both.

World's Best Chefs Talks

Massimo Bottura and more are coming to the Sydney Opera House.

Baguette recipes

These baguette recipes are picture-perfect and picnic ready, bursting with fillings like slow-cooked beef tongue, poached egg and grilled asparagus and classic leg ham and cheese.

Curtis Stone's strawberry and almond cheesecake

"I've made all kinds of fancy cheesecakes in my time, but nothing really beats the classic combination of strawberries and almonds with a boost from vanilla bean," says Stone. "I could just pile macerated strawberries on top, but why not give your tastebuds a proper party by folding grilled strawberries into the cheesecake batter too? Cheesecakes are elegant and my go-to for celebrations because they taste best when whipped up a day in advance."

Australia's best rieslings

We’re spoilt for variety – and value – in Australia when it comes to good riesling. Max Allen picks the top 20 from a fine crop.

Five Australian ceramicists to know right now

Thrown, glazed and painted all by hand, make these the star of your next dinner party.

"Unique" is a word that gets bandied about far too often. But when you're talking small-batch ceramics, each piece individually hand-thrown, glazed and fired (not to mention, often made to order), unique is the name of the very thoughtful and beautifully considered game. Here are five Australian ceramicists making it look easy. 

Anna Karina
Eleven years ago, after a busy time working in fashion and interiors, Anna-Karina Elias moved from Sydney to Byron Bay for a simpler life and opened a bookshop. She then, luckily for us, studied ceramics at art school. These days, Elias is in her Bangalow studio making beautifully simple tableware that's sophisticated and gentle, but never dull. Her pieces whisper rather than shout, and your kitchen and table will appreciate the approach. Anna Karina ceramics, instagram.com/annakarinae

Takeawei
Chela Edmunds began her career in textile design, working for labels such as Donna Karan and Vera Wang in New York. Now back in Australia and living by the beach in Victoria's Torquay, Edmunds has spent the last three years channelling her training in print design and her love of colour into Takeawei - a summery line of high-fired mugs, cups and platters awash with sunset tones and patterns. Inspired by textile techniques like tie-dye and batik, subtle prints, organic forms and colour are all signatures of the Takeawei story.
Takeawei ceramics, from $45, takeawei.com

Anekka
Over a long lunch in 2014, Sydney artist and Lantern book designer Evi O and her business partner Pamela Sarly put their heads together on Anekka, a collection of modern homewares with a global outlook. Anekka's simple matte and gloss-finished pieces are designed in Sydney, the material sourced from Japan, and the final products individually handcrafted in Surabaya, Indonesia. It sounds complicated, but the outcome is beautifully simple. Wide-lipped plates, oversized sake cups and vases that double as jugs come in peachy sherbet, navy, black and white, and always let your food or flowers shine.
Anekka ceramics, from $22, anekka.com

Marloe Morgan
Marloe Morgan's high-fired, hand-thrown stoneware is made in northern New South Wales. From shallow bowls awash with popping orange and yellow, to organic-shaped platters and high-gloss rain-print sake cups - each piece is designed with sharing, entertaining and everyday use in mind. Plus her bespoke service allows you to have a piece designed and produced in Australia, exactly to your specifications.
Marloe Morgan ceramics, from $18, marloemorganceramics.com.au

Brooke Thorn
After 10 years as an interior designer, Brooke Thorn threw it all in to get her hands dirty. Fast-forward two years and she can be found working full-time behind a pottery wheel, throwing complete dinner sets by hand and dip-painting her stoneware with colours that range from peach to nectarine, teal to sky blue. While each piece is dipped in a similar way, they all come out with a unique personality and are perfect for mixing and matching.
Brooke Thorn ceramics, from $25, brookethorn.com.au

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