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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."

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.

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.

Top Australian chefs to follow on Instagram in 2017

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Christine Manfield recipes

As the '90s dawned, darling chefs were pushing the boundaries of cooking in this country. A young Christine Manfield, just starting out at this heady time, soon became part of the generation that redefined modern Australian cuisine. She shares some of her timeless signatures from the era.

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."

A fried chicken and wine festival in Sydney’s Inner West

Butter's fried chicken sandwich

Butter's fried chicken sandwich

Cake Wines teams up with Mary's, Butter and more for Birds of the Inner West.

Birds of the Inner West, a food and wine festival featuring several of Sydney's fried bird purveyors matched with plenty of pour from Cake Wines, is back this month for a second round.

Back in July, Birds of Redfern festival sold out of chicken burgers almost entirely in the first few hours. This time around, Cake Wines and festival co-founder, self-professed "wing king" and GT contributor, Andrew Levins, have fine-tuned the event by relocating to the much larger Public House Petersham and splitting the day into two ticketed sessions.

"The first one was manic," says Levins. "We were learning how to run a fried chicken festival as we were running a fried chicken festival. This time there's just more of everything: more vendors, more bars, more space, more chicken."

The line-up includes five of Sydney's established fried chicken joints, with fried chicken sandwiches and burgers leading the way from Newtown favourite Mary's and Surry Hills's Butter. The Erskineville Hotel's Southern-style smoked buffalo wings will also make an appearance, as will Public House's own take on the bird. There's even a chocolate fried chicken dessert with candied double-smoked speck and maple from Down N' Out. For Levins, Belly Bao's fried chicken "baoger" is the pick of the pack: "[It's] definitely the fried chicken I've eaten the most in the last two years," he says.

Cake Wines will pour their Art Series wines throughout, though if you prefer a brew with your burger, Public House specialises in craft beers. Come nightfall, DJs will transform the car park into a dancefloor - expect at least one round of the Chicken Dance.

Birds of the Inner West, Sunday 23 October,Public House Petersham.292 Stanmore Rd, Petersham, NSW. Tickets are $15 for each session; 12pm-3pm and 4pm-7pm. For tickets visit: cakewines.com/blogs/thingswedo/birds-of-the-inner-west

 

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