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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.

Moon Park to open Paper Bird in Potts Point

No, it’s not a pop-up. The team behind Sydney’s Moon Park is back with an all-day east-Asian eatery.

Kisume, Melbourne

Chris Lucas has flown in talent from all over the world, including Eleven Madison Park, for his bold new venture. Here’s what to expect from Kisume.

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.

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.

Sydney Italian Wine and Food Festival 2015

"Italians do it better." Before you jump to point to examples of recent military history, economics or governance, let's be fair - Italy really does have the eating and drinking thing down to a pretty fine art.

And what better way to refresh, revive, deepen or merely indulge your love and understanding of the One True Cuisine than with a visit to The Sydney Italian Wine and Food Festival when it makes its triumphant return to the Town Hall on Sunday 30 August?

There are plenty of vinous good times in store, with more than 300 wines from Italian and Australian producers on pour. The mighty masterclasses are making a comeback, too, with Gourmet Traveller's own Max Allen leading conversations alongside fellow wine writer Huon Hooke covering everything from the history of Tuscan winemaking to the "unmasking" of Valpolicella.

And better yet, says festival director Lara Caraturo, "the food is definitely going to be taking a big step up this year."

Ormeggio's Alessandro Pavoni and Giovanni Pilu from Pilu at Freshwater are returning to head a packed schedule of cooking demonstrations and talks, whether it's butter versus olive oil or modern versus traditional Italian cooking, with the help of their peers from the Council of Italian Restaurants in Australia.

New to the mix are olive oil masterclasses from Pendolino's Nino Zoccali, pasta and cheesemaking demonstrations, plus "meet the chef" tours where Pilu and Pavoni share their favourite Italian regions and top local suppliers.

This year's food market, brought to you by Gourmet Traveller, is bigger and better than ever, featuring coffee by Espresso di Manfredi, soft drinks and water by San Pellegrino, butter churned on the spot by Pepe Saya, and honey from The Urban Beehive.

This year the festival is a day-and-night party, too. Stick around after dark to catch some of the city's finest young talent flexing their culinary muscles with demonstrations by Federico Zanellato of Lumi and ACME's Mitch Orr. You can also kick on the following evening at Balla, where chefs Pilu, Pavoni, Gabriele Taddeucci (Balla), Eugenio Maiale (A Tavola), and Francesco Spataro (Aperitivo) are pulling out all the stops for a five-course dinner inspired by different regions of Italy.

"There's going to be lots of opportunities to learn," says Caraturo, "and plenty of opportunities to eat, of course - it's an Italian event, after all."

The Sydney Italian Wine and Food Festival runs from 11am to 9pm on Sunday 30 August at Sydney Town Hall. Tickets start at $25; visit their website for more details.

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