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Farro recipes

Farro can be used in almost any dish, from a robust salad to accompany hearty beer-glazed beef short ribs to a new take on risotto with mushrooms, leek and parmesan. Here are 14 ways with this versatile grain.

Aløft

There's nothing new about Nordic interiors - blond timbers, concrete surfaces, warm, mid-century charm without the twee - and thank heavens for that. It's a style that augments the beauty of everything around it, in this case, gorgeous Hobart harbour, which makes up one whole wall. What is new here, however, is the food - by veterans of Garagistes, which once dazzled diners down the road, Vue de Monde in Melbourne and Gordon Ramsay worldwide. There's a strong Asian bent, but with Tasmanian ingredients. In fact, the kitchen's love of the local verges on obsessive - coconut milk in an aromatic fish curry is replaced with Tasmanian-grown fig leaf simmered in cream to mimic the flavour. Other standouts include a gutsy red-braised lamb with gai lan and chewy cassia spaetzle, pigs' ears zingy with Sichuan pepper and a fresh, springy berry dessert. While the food is sourced locally, the generous wine list spans the planet. 

Secret Tuscany

A far cry from Tuscany’s familiar gently rolling hills, Monte Argentario’s appealing mix of mountain, ocean, island and lagoon makes it one of Italy’s hidden treasures, writes Emiko Davies.

Moon Park to open Paper Bird in Potts Point

No, it’s not a pop-up. The team behind Sydney’s Moon Park is back with an all-day east-Asian eatery.

Grilled apricot salad with jamon and Manchego

Here we've scorched apricots on the grill and served them with torn jamon, shaved Manchego and peppery rocket leaves. Think of it as a twist on the good old melon-prosciutto routine. The mixture would also be great served on charred sourdough.

Kisume, Melbourne

Chris Lucas has flown in talent from all over the world, including Eleven Madison Park, for his bold new venture. Here’s what to expect from Kisume.

Brae

Prepare to enter a picture of the countryside framed by note-perfect Australiana but painted in bold, elegant and unsentimental strokes. Over 10 or more courses, Dan Hunter celebrates his region with dishes that are formally daring (Crunchy prawn heads! Creamy oyster soft-serve! Sea urchin and chicory bread pudding!), yet rich in flavour and substance. The menu could benefit from an edit, but the plates are tightly composed - and what could you cut? Certainly not the limpid broth bathing fronds of abalone and calamari, nor the clever arrangement of lobster played off against charred waxy fingerlings under a swatch of milk skin. The adventure is significantly the richer for the cool gloss of the dining room, some of the most engaging service in the nation and wine pairings that roam with an easy-going confidence. Maturing and relaxing without surrendering a drop of its ambition, Brae is more compelling than ever.

Discovering Macedonia

Like its oft-disputed name, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia defies simple definition but its rich diversity extends from the dinner table to the welcoming locals, writes Richard Cooke.

Meet Your Maker: Carpenter's Daughter

Camille Moir-Smith of Carpenter's Daughter

Camille Moir-Smith of Carpenter's Daughter

Making a mess has never looked so good.

After studying commercial cookery and visual communication, Camille Moir-Smith started her own design consultancy, Yolk Studio, specialising in hospitality. "Alongside the graphic and interior elements, we designed uniforms to tie our work together visually," she says. That was the beginning of Carpenter's Daughter, Moir-Smith's range of minimalist cross-back aprons for florists, ceramicists, baristas and cooks (chefs from Shannon Bennett's Lui Bar and Circa restaurant are fans). The sturdy aprons, which feature double-riveted straps, are made by hand in her Northcote studio using materials that only get better with age, such as Italian leather and solid Australian brass.

Why did you start Carpenter's Daughter?
I have a strong fascination with the state people get in when they're doing something they're passionate about; I love watching people during those moments of intense focus and drive. It also allowed me to network with people in all sorts of professions I admire.

Tools of the trade.

Why are aprons so important to craftspeople?
I believe a uniform allows lone workers to feel connected to a larger professional tribe. I wanted to nurture this by designing something that allowed people to mentally arrive at work.

What makes a good apron, Camille?
It should feel natural, comfortable and be able to handle the nature of the wearer's work, with the bonus of looking good and ageing well. I love seeing the aprons in artistic studios covered in paint or hardened by clay, and among overgrown greenhouses.

Carpenter's Daughter aprons from $180; carpentersdaughter.co

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