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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."

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.

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.

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.

Lost Picnic

Lost Picnic is a new music festival with a culinary twist. Come 23 March, you can forget the food queues for fish tacos and gözleme of dubious quality, Martin Boetz of Rushcutters and Maurice Terzini of Icebergs have packed lunch for you.

"There's no reason why you can't enjoy fine food and good music in a family-friendly setting," says Terzini, who is collaborating with catering company Cherry Kitchen. "We've created hampers that make it easy for festival-goers to have the food they love, and have come to expect, without the hassle."

In designing the picnic hampers, both Terzini and Boetz have taken inspiration from their respective backgrounds. For Terzini that means Italian soul food, including bresaola involtini with goat's cheese and caramelised onion, and tiramisù. Boetz, meanwhile, has drawn on the same northern European heritage that inspires the menu at Rushcutters to create a spread made for sharing: smoked meats, potato salad and potted trout confit with beetroot relish are among the offerings, using ingredients sourced mostly from his Cooks Co-Op on the Hawkesbury.

Like the food, the musical line-up has a local focus. Megan Washington is headlining the afternoon, performing previously unreleased material from her new album, with Dustin Tebbutt, Emma Louise, Sons of the East and The Rubens also on stage.

Tickets for Lost Picnic are $99, and the hampers, $69, can be booked ahead online. So bring a blanket, claim your territory and settle in for a day of fine food and fun in the sun.
Lost Picnic, Loch Avenue South Area, Centennial Park, Sydney, NSW

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