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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."

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.

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.

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."

Fig recipes

Figs. We can't get enough of them. Here are a few sweet and savoury ways to add them to your summer spread.

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.

Rockpool turns 25

Rockpool, Sydney

Rockpool, Sydney

What's 25 in restaurant-years? A lifetime? For Rockpool it's been more than a generation, certainly, and Rockpoolers young and old, past and present turned out in force at the Sydney restaurant's Bridge Street home to celebrate with all the vigour and vim you'd expect at a 25th birthday party.

Terry Higgins, one of the restaurant's original managers and now a Rockpool consultant at Qantas, opened the speeches, reminiscing over the magic of wearing Valentino to her first job interview, the glamour of table 29, and the importance of keeping a close eye on the restaurant's Alessi peppermills. She also paid particular tribute to Rockpool co-owner Trish Richards: "She keeps us real, she keeps us centred and she keeps us financially viable."

Richards in turn said that it was humbling and an honour to still be driving for the quality that Neil Perry made their goal on day one. Seeing so many friends in the room "makes me melt", she said. "I feel so grateful."

When Perry took the mic, it was to thank the restaurant's staff. "All I've written down here is 'passion, passion, passion'."

There was plenty of that in evidence in the drinks and canapés served in thoroughly generous quantities, Gosset and Grosset, oysters and jamón, tiny burgers and dangerously delicious caviar and cauliflower tartlets.

The room was packed with all manner of Rockpool alumni, from former Perry lieutenants Kylie Kwong, Ross Lusted and Angel Fernandez to the likes of current Rockpool chef Phil Wood, Nomad's Nathan Sasi and Nic Wong of Cho Cho San. Rockpool regulars and other supporters made up the rest of the throng, chef Maggie Beer, designer Peter Morrissey, OzHarvest's Ronni Kahn, Rolando Schirato from Vittoria Coffee and Qantas's Alan Joyce among them. Neil Perry's old friend and new neighbour Barry McDonald then threw his doors open downstairs at Fratelli Fresh for jitterbugging well into the night. "The old legs haven't danced that much for a good while," said Perry.

We'd like to congratulate the Rockpool team on the milestone and we look forward to the 50th.

Rockpool, 11 Bridge St, Sydney, NSW, (02) 9252 1888

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