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Recipes by Christine Manfield
21.02.2017

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.

Cirrus, Sydney review
20.02.2017

Cirrus moves the Bentley team down to the water and into more lighthearted territory without sacrificing polish, writes Pat Nourse.

How to grow rocket
20.02.2017

A vegetable patch without rocket lacks a great staple, according to Mat Pember. The perennial performer is a leaf for all seasons.

50BestTalks brings World’s best chefs to Sydney and Melbourne
16.02.2017

Massimo Bottura and more are coming to the Sydney Opera House.

Toby Wilson, Sean McManus and Jon Kennedy to open Bad Hombres
16.02.2017

Expect Mexican-Asian flavours and an all-natural wine list from two of Sydney’s edgier operators.

Local Knowledge: Moscow
16.02.2017

Director of Shakespeare theatre company Cheek by Jowl Declan Donnellan walks us through the essential sights and his favourite cafes and restaurants of his hometown.

On the Pass: Danielle Rensonnet
16.02.2017

Bellota chef Danielle Rensonnet talks us through the current menu at the restaurant and her favourite summer ingredients.

Melbourne's Tomato Festival is back in 2017
15.02.2017

Returning for another year, Melbourne’s Tomato Festival is ripe with cooking demonstrations, talks, and produce stalls dedicated to plump produce.

Most popular recipes summer 2017

Counting down from 20, here are this summer's most-loved recipes.

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.

Persian love cake

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.

New South Yarra restaurants

The Melbourne suburb lost some of its lustre in recent years, but is now bouncing back.

Fast summer dinners

From an effortless tomato and ricotta herbed tart to Sri Lankan fish curries and chewy pork-and-pineapple skewers, these no-fuss recipes lend to relaxing on a humid summer's night.

Long Chim, Melbourne review

David Thompson brings the heat to Melbourne with his newest incarnation of Long Chim. Michael Harden drops by for dinner.

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."

GT reader dinner: Mercado, Sydney

Mercado's smoked wagyu tongue in brioche

Mercado's smoked wagyu tongue in brioche

Chef Nathan Sasi has settled into his marble-floored, heritage-listed basement kitchen on Sydney's George Street with all one needs to feel at home - a wood-fired rôtisserie, a 400-litre milk vat, and more than 10 kinds of salumi hanging from the ceiling.
Mercado is a showcase for the love of Spanish flavours and a focus on nose-to-tail cooking that brought Sasi acclaim at Nomad in Surry Hills. The pig's head on the counter is just a taste of what's to come.

"I fell in love with the cuisine, history and lifestyle while I was working around Spain," he says. "Anywhere that has siesta in the afternoon is a place I want to live."

You're invited to Mercado for a five-course menu showing Sasi's commitment to making everything from scratch, whether it be buffalo ricotta made with milk from Eungai Creek on the New South Wales mid-north coast, or the truffled mortadella he fashions from prime cuts of pork and beef. "We've tried to incorporate the history and the food you see in southern Spain today with influence from Morocco and the Middle East," he says.

And, yes, if you've read our review or seen our video, you'll be pleased to learn the smoked wagyu sandwich (maybe the best thing since sliced bread - or in it) is a lock.

A glass of muscat and two desserts bring things to a sweet close: "fat from heaven", a fl an traditionally made from yolks left over from clarifying sherry, and dulce de leche ice-cream with Sasi's favourite ingredient, bacon.

Join us for dinner at 6.30pm on Monday 25 July at Mercado, 4 Ash St, Sydney, NSW. The cost of $130 includes five courses and a $10 donation to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.

To book, call (02) 9221 6444. For more on the OCRF, call 1300 OVARIAN or visit ocrf.com.au.

Menu

* Buffalo milk ricotta, truffle honey

* Fish and chips

* Ortiz anchovy tart, roasted bullhorn peppers
Mandarin and Almond Spritz

* Smoked wagyu tongue in brioche, pickled green tomato

* House-made truffle mortadella, pickled guindillas
2014 Eidosela "Breizo" Albariño, Rías Baixas

* Turkish ravioli of wood-fired pumpkin, yoghurt and isot pepper
2014 Muga Barrel-Fermented Viura, Rioja

* Spit-roasted whole suckling pig

* Dripping potatoes, roasted garlic crème fraîche

* Wood-fired carrots, almond dukkah, tea-soaked currants
2014 El Castro "de Valtuille" Mencia, Bierzo, or 2014 Celler Cecilio Billo Garnatxa Syrah Blend, Priorat

* Fat from heaven

* Dulce de leche ice-cream, butterscotch, candied bacon
2012 Fusta Nova Moscatel, Valencia

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