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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.

Dan Aykroyd celebrates Crystal Head vodka in Sydney

What does Dan Aykroyd get up to when he's not busting ghosts or living out his evil twin persona Elwood Blues? Make vodka, of course. The Canadian comic and musician is the co-founder of Crystal Head vodka - a brand born out of his desire for a pure, additive-free spirit. "I felt a lot of vodkas have over-viscosity; I didn't like that," says Aykroyd. "We had a number-one record with Briefcase Full of Blues, we had a number-one single with our cover of "Soul Man", a number-one TV show with Saturday Night Live, we had a number-one movie with Ghostbusters, so I wanted to do a number-one vodka."

Australia, Aykroyd tells us, is one of Crystal Head's top five markets, which is why he's in town to thank the nation for its support. "It's battle speed here getting the word of gratitude out to Australians for how they've embraced my product," he says. "People really got the vodka - they just understood it."

Aykroyd's Australian tour has seen him spruik the vodka in Sydney through media appearances, bottle signings and a dinner and surprise blues performance last night at The Star casino. On 14 October he heads to Melbourne to spread the love.

As for his down time, Aykroyd tells us he hasn't got much, but if he did he'd love nothing more than to "get into a car and drive out into the desert at a hundred miles an hour and go to Alice Springs". We checked in at The Star last night to catch some of the action.

The food The Star's Sokyo was the backdrop for the evening, with standout dishes being snapper sashimi with paper-thin slivers of onion and a delicate yuzu honey sauce, and caramelised fillets of miso-dressed cod made fresh with a cucumber salad.

The drink Crystal Head vodka - and lots of it. We took ours in the form of dangerously strong Martinis and a Punch in the Head: an ironically refreshing combination of vodka, grapefruit juice and lots of ice.

We loved Watching Aykroyd work the stage, Elwood Blues Ray-Bans and all.

crystalheadvodka.com

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