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Anzac biscuit desserts

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Persian red lentil soup with tahini, beetroot and fried mint

Lentil soup may not sound like the sexiest of dishes, but rest assured, it's a heart-warmer. We've added warming spices and served the soup with a dollop of garlicky tahini. Thin slivers of shaved raw beetroot add earthiness and texture - the beetroot is also excellent simply grated and served piled on top. The poached egg is optional, but highly recommended.

Six sexy panna cottas

We say si to these six takes on the Italian classic. From coffee and caramel to red wine and figs, panna cotta proves to be a versatile dessert to suit all palettes.

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Here are four spins on the classic French eclair, from Flour & Stone's pillowy choux pastry with salted caramel to a colourful take with strawberry-flecked creme fraiche filling and sprinkled pistachios on top.

Blue Nile's Ethiopian eggplant dip

"I'd love the recipe for the eggplant dip the wonderful Fatuma Tikuye serves at Blue Nile in Blacktown." - Helena Rosebery, Annandale, NSW REQUEST A RECIPE To request a recipe, email fareexchange@bauer-media.com.au or write to Fare Exchange, Australian Gourmet Traveller, GPO Box 4088, Sydney, NSW 2001. Please include the restaurant's name and address or business card, as well as your name and address.

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Tarte a la tomate

Make the most of end-of-season tomatoes in this delicious tart - perfect for a picnic spread.

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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