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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.

Where to stay, eat and drink in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Beyond Kuala Lumpur's shopping malls, Lara Dunston finds a flourishing third-wave coffee scene, tailored food tours and charming neighbourhoods.

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Kisume, Melbourne

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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.

O Tama Carey's fried eggs with seeni sambol, coconut and turmeric

"I first cooked a version of this dish - inspired by the excellent deep-fried egg dish at Billy Kwong - while working at a restaurant in Sri Lanka," says O Tama Carey. "The lattice-like eggs are doused in a creamy turmeric curry sauce and topped with seeni sambol, a sweet-spiced caramelised onion relish. This dish is equally perfect for an indulgent breakfast as it is served as part of a larger meal." The recipe for the seeni sambol makes more than you need, but to get the right balance of spices you need to make at least this much. It keeps refrigerated for up to three weeks; use as an onion relish. The curry sauce can be made a day or two ahead.

OCRF 2014 White Shirt campaign launch

From top left: Alexandra Agoston and Louise van de Vorst, Cheyenne Tozzi and Liz Heliotis, Peter Gilmore.

From top left: Alexandra Agoston and Louise van de Vorst, Cheyenne Tozzi and Liz Heliotis, Peter Gilmore.

Quay's green room was a vision in white on Monday 14 April as a suitably sparkling Sydney crowd gathered to celebrate the launch of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation's 2014 White Shirt Campaign.

The campaign, now in its 14th year, has raised close to $5 million for ovarian cancer research through the sale of white shirts at Witchery stores across the nation.

"One-hundred per cent of the gross proceeds go to this vital research for early detection of this insidious and silent disease that takes the life of a woman every 10 hours," says the OCRF's CEO and co-founder Liz Heliotis. "We now have fully equipped research labs across Australia; we're coming up, in 2014, to having close to 15 researchers that we fund … all being funded to find that elusive early detection test, and that makes me enormously proud."

This year, she tells us, is slated to be a record-breaker. "You've heard about (raising) close to $5 million? Well, we're going to blitz that this year."

The OCRF's official White Shirt Day is 1May, and white shirts can be purchased at Witchery stores or by visiting uniteinwhite.com.au.

The food The canapés by Quay chef and OCRF ambassador Peter Gilmore were as refined as they come: jewel-like balls of sashimi scallop filled with crème fraîche, delicate sheep's milk curd tartlets dusted in a beetroot powder, slow-braised lamb and sour cream pastry pies and bowls of pommes pureé with braised oxtail and mushrooms.    

The drink Robert Oatley wines, Red Rock sparkling grapefruit drink and sparkling water.

We loved The impressive turnout of high-profile ambassadors and supporters of the campaign - models Cheyenne Tozzi and Valerija Erokhina and TV personality Catriona Rowntree among them. Peter Gilmore's lemon curd and meringue tarts were pretty sweet, too.

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