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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.

Chorizo recipes

Where would Spanish cuisine be without the chorizo? This versatile smallgood lends its big flavours to South American stews, soups, and salads, not to mention the ultimate hot dog. Let the sizzling begin.

2017 Australian Hotel Awards: The Finalists

This year's finalists across 11 different categories include established and new hotels, all with particular areas of excellence. Stay tuned to find out which hotels will take the top spots when they're announced at a ceremony at QT Melbourne on Wednesday 24 May, and published in our 2017 Australian Hotel Guide, on sale Thursday 25 May.

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Jackalope hotel opens on the Mornington Peninsula

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Pea and ham soup

2017 Australian Hotel Awards: The Winners

Every year, we produce the Australian Hotel Guide to scout the country for the very best in hotels: from city to country, coast to coast, club sandwich to club sandwich. We check into reviewed hotels anonymously and pay our own way. What we experience at these top Australian addresses is the same as what you, our readers, would experience. No special treatment; no added extras. Just honest, informative reviews of the best hotel experiences around the country. It's time to get packing. Pick up a copy of our 2017 Hotel Guide with our June issue, out now.

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.

Jeep Renegade Launch, Far North Queensland

Jeep Renegade Launch, Far North Queensland

Jeep Renegade Launch, Far North Queensland

Jeep launched its new Renegade series this week with an action-packed program in Far North Queensland's Daintree Rainforest and in Port Douglas. Guests dined with a Taipan snake at dinner, swam with blacktip reef sharks and one journalist was almost swept away by a current at the Mossman Gorge - but you couldn't possibly launch a new Jeep without a little bit of adventure, right?

Jeep's head exterior designer, Mark Allen, travelled from Detroit Michigan for the event, which kicked off with a chopper trip from Cairns airport to Port Douglas across the Great Barrier Reef.

Allen says the new Renegade models take inspiration from the brand's two other signature models, the Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee.

"I call this car the gateway drug to Wrangler," says Allen. "It's a little bit of an easier transition to that Wrangler lifestyle. It's a great city car, but is also capable of taking you places that other cars can't."

Of course, the essence of every Jeep is its 4x4 capabilities, and the steep grades of the eldest living rainforest on the planet provided the perfect terrain to put the Renegade's Trailhawk model through its paces. A swim at the Mossman Gorge and a boating trip to the Low Isles on 90-foot motorboat MV Bahama weren't too bad either.

On the design story behind the new Skittle-coloured Renegade models, Allen said they were keen to turn the playfulness up a dial.

"The number-one word working on this vehicle was its character," says Allen. "It just cuts such a different profile to our other cars. As a designer I really get off on that."

"Easter eggs", as Jeep calls them, are sprinkled throughout the Renegades: hidden design details for you to discover over time (a tiny Jeep decal climbing up the windshield and a certain something behind the rear-view mirror, for starters). "Some of them are so hidden you won't find them for years," says Allen. "We can get away with it in a car like this. It really captures the spirit of Jeep."

WE STAYED
On the northern bank of the Mossman River at the wooden-decked tree-houses at Silky Oaks Lodge.

WE ATE
Local produce from the Daintree, Julatten, the Atherton Tablelands and the Reef. Lunch included a tropical seafood feast of local smoked coral trout, scallops and sand crab at QT Port Douglas's Bazaar restaurant; dinner, served by the river at Silky Oaks, featured tangy tiger prawns cured with sugar cane, and a rich Daintree chocolate and pecan nut dessert were the stars.

WE DRANK
Tanqueray G&Ts with fresh juniper berries.

WE LOVED
The Trailhawk four-wheel-drive model. It comes with the option of the "My Sky" system where the roof panels on the vehicle pop out and can be bagged and stored. Hello, summer.

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