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Anzac biscuit desserts

These four desserts have one thing in common – Anzac biscuits.

Persian red lentil soup with tahini, beetroot and fried mint

Lentil soup may not sound like the sexiest of dishes, but rest assured, it's a heart-warmer. We've added warming spices and served the soup with a dollop of garlicky tahini. Thin slivers of shaved raw beetroot add earthiness and texture - the beetroot is also excellent simply grated and served piled on top. The poached egg is optional, but highly recommended.

Six sexy panna cottas

We say si to these six takes on the Italian classic. From coffee and caramel to red wine and figs, panna cotta proves to be a versatile dessert to suit all palettes.

Eclair recipes

Here are four spins on the classic French eclair, from Flour & Stone's pillowy choux pastry with salted caramel to a colourful take with strawberry-flecked creme fraiche filling and sprinkled pistachios on top.

Blue Nile's Ethiopian eggplant dip

"I'd love the recipe for the eggplant dip the wonderful Fatuma Tikuye serves at Blue Nile in Blacktown." - Helena Rosebery, Annandale, NSW REQUEST A RECIPE To request a recipe, email fareexchange@bauer-media.com.au or write to Fare Exchange, Australian Gourmet Traveller, GPO Box 4088, Sydney, NSW 2001. Please include the restaurant's name and address or business card, as well as your name and address.

Fifty-four thoughts at Noma Mexico

"12. I'm now sitting at Noma with no shoes on. I feel like a toddler in a sandpit."

Tarte a la tomate

Make the most of end-of-season tomatoes in this delicious tart - perfect for a picnic spread.

Melbourne Salami Festa 2016

Salami lovers, assemble. The two-day Melbourne Salami Festa kicks off on Saturday 8 October with workshops, demonstrations, live music and a farmers' market spruiking a collection of the country's best artisan salumi products.

Sunday is all about the competition. A record 102 salami entries (a jump from last year's 84) will be scrutinized by 10 judges to determine the 2016 salami champion. Look out for white smoke signifying the winner has been chosen.

Attendees can also taste a range of complimentary slices and cast their vote in the Peoples' Choice Award, which will be announced Sunday afternoon. Expect a wild variety of flavours. "Each year we're seeing more different styles of salami and also people experimenting with different types of meat from the traditional pork," says Festa co-director Carlo Mazzarella. "We've seen salami with duck, venison and even kangaroo."

Melbourne Salami Festa, Northcote Town Hall, Vic, Saturday 8 October (10am-10pm) - Sunday 9 October (10am-6pm). To buy tickets, visit melbournesalamifesta.com. 

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