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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.

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.

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."

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.

World's Best Chefs Talks

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

Appleton Estate Rum event

Look out spirit lovers, there's a new girl on the block. Her name is Appleton Estate Jamaica Independence Reserve Rum and she's sweet, sophisticated, smooth, and all grown-up. She recently turned 50, so Appleton Estate held a shindig at Sydney's Riley St Garage on 6 November in her honour that was both a birthday and coming-out party for the oldest and possibly the most expensive rum in the world at a cool $5500 per bottle.

Distilled in 1962 to commemorate Jamaica's independence from Britain, the rum has passed through two generations of master blenders, ageing for 50 years in 10 oak barrels, evaporating over that time down to the equivalent of three barrels, which were bottled late last year.

Appleton is Jamaica's largest private employer and one of the few distilleries left that continues to produce rum from harvesting the sugar cane to bottling the spirit all on one estate. Only 800 bottles of this prestigious expression have been released worldwide, 17 of them landing on Australian shores.

The food Beef carpaccio with soy vinegar and brioche croûtons, tempura Moreton Bay bug, spinach and ricotta ravioli with burnt sage butter, grilled baby snapper with red pepper and chorizo dressing, and crisp pork knuckle with a soy-mustard glaze and pickled apple.

The drinks Tropical rum cocktails were front and centre with bartender Bobby Carey mixing up a Dark and Stormier, Piña Coladas served tiki-style and the classic Treacle.

We loved While hot and steamy summer nights call for cool rum-based cocktails, the 50-year-old Independence Reserve is a force to be reckoned with served neat. But at that price, we might just have to settle for the 21-year-old.

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