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Recipes with peaches

Whether caramelised in a tarte Tartin, paired with slow-roasted pork on top of pizza or tossed through salads, this sweet stone fruit is an excellent addition to summer cooking.

Black Star Pastry to open in Carlton, Melbourne

Instagram’s most famous cake, plus a few other sweet hits, is heading south.

Knives and Ink chef tattoos

What is it about chefs and tattoos? A new book asks the inked to answer for themselves.

Ben Shewry's favourtie souvlaki restaurant in Melbourne Kalimera Souvlaki Art

Attica’s chef isn’t happiest when eating soils or smears on his days off, it’s souvlaki. We follow him to his favourite spot.

AA Gill's final column for Gourmet Traveller

We mourn the loss of a treasured member of the Gourmet Traveller family who passed awayon December 10, 2016. British writer AA Gill was a contributor to the magazine from July 2004. Gill’s travel column was as insightful as it was witty, funny as it was thoughtful – he was without peer. This is the final piece he wrote for Gourmet Traveller; it appears in the December issue, 2016. - Anthea Loucas Bosha, Editor

Seabourn Encore luxury cruise ship

Australia is about to get its first glimpse of Seabourn Encore, a glamorous new addition to the Seabourn fleet.

Berry recipes

Whether it's raspberries paired with chocolate in a layer cake, or blueberries with lemon in a tart; berries are a welcome addition to any dessert. Here are delicious recipes with berries.

Coconut crab and green mango salad

"This salad bursts with fresh, vibrant flavours and became a signature on my Paramount menus," says Christine Manfield. "I capitalised on using green mangoes in many dishes as they became more widely available. Blue swimmer crabs from South Australia have the most delicious sweet meat. It's best to buy them whole, cook them yourself and carefully pick the meat from the shell - a tedious task but it gives the best flavour. This entree also works well with spanner crab meat (you can buy this in packs ready cooked from reliable fishmongers). The sweetness of the crab, the richness of the fresh coconut and the sourness of green mango make a wonderful partnership. It's all about harmony on the palate and using the very best produce."

Notes on Mental Notes #2

Joel Amos, Kenny Graham and Jake Smyth

Joel Amos, Kenny Graham and Jake Smyth

Mental Notes is a stimulating day out for a number of reasons - not least because it's hosted by Joel Amos (director of natural and sustainable wine, beer and sake service DRNKS) and his friends Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham (Mary's, The Unicorn). The wine festival gives Sydneysiders a chance to savour some very interesting, very naturally fermented juice - and talk to the producers and importers while they're at it. 

Its second outing is on Saturday 15 October, and the guys are turning it up a notch in size and scope, taking over the Paddington Town Hall for the day. It'll be a full program of tastings, talks, Mary's burgers and even a DRNKS bottle shop, so you can buy any new favourites to take home.

But malolactic ferments, indigenous yeasts, unfined, unfiltered, biodynamic, minimal-intervention and (ye gods) natural wines can be a confusing game. For your ease and elucidation, Amos has provided us with some notes. (And yes, they are mental.)

Gentle Folk, Basket Range, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
"It cost us a fortune but the most famous winemaker in the world is going to get out of bed for us! Gareth Belton's wines are driven by acid and freshness - just like fresh acid."
gentlefolk.com.au

Patrick Sullivan, Strzelecki Ranges, Gippsland, Victoria
"Try all his new wines for the first time in Sydney. Probably the grapiest juice in the world right now. Also, touch his face."
patricksullivan.com.au

Xavier, Heathcote, Victoria
"Xavier Goodridge is as chill as an ice-block in Tassie. Now three vintages deep in his own wines, they're just getting better and better."

Unkel Wines, Gippsland, Victoria
"Rob Burley learnt a lot working as Patrick Sullivan's assistant winemaker - particularly about how to create new and tasty fermented fruit from Victoria."
facebook.com/UnkleWines

Puncheon Bottles Imports
"What happens when two industry high-flyers, Patrick Sullivan and Christian McCabe of Melbourne's Embla, start an import business? Fireworks. This is the first time that they're showing wines in Sydney. Plus: best name ever."

Cultivar Imports
"It's about time someone found some not-gross wine from South America. Cultivar imports plenty of varieties we're familiar with, but also new styles from one of the oldest parts of the New World. They're currently importing lots of great organic wines from Chile."

Jilly Wines, New England, New South Wales
"Who knew northern New South Wales existed? These guys are making fresh and real booze from this odd part of Oz."
jillywines.com.au

Krinklewood, Broke Fordwich, Hunter Valley, New South Wales
"When Pete Windrim isn't carving deities in the Hunter, he's carving vibes in Paddington. The lord of biodynamics and he only lives a couple of hours north."
krinklewood.com

Virtuous Vine Imports
"Charles Simpson is the most well-spoken man in Australia. Come and talk to him. He mainly imports wines from the Loire Valley in France and they're really, really good."
virtuousvine.com.au

Larkin Imports
"When a wine nerd with a fantastic palate decides to import wine the rest of us may as well quit. Predominantly wines from the south-west of France, but he's also importing one of the best red wines from Jura I've seen. Ask him about it."

Ochota Barrels, Basket Range, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
"Surf's up, dudes. Technically, the wines are about as pure as juice gets. Theoretically, they're made by the loosest unit in the world."
ochotabarrels.com

Latta Vino, Coghills Creek, Victoria
"Some of the newest styles of wine from some of the oldest vineyard sites in the country. Heritage winemaking at its youngest and its best."
lattavino.com.au

Manon Wines, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
"Don't be fooled by Tim Webber and Monique Millton's good looks; they're actually just really good-looking. This will be the first time to try wines made with the fruit from the vineyard they purchased together late last year. Get excited."
manonwine.com

Andrew Guard Wine Imports
"I wonder how it feels to do it for longer and better than everyone else? Not only does he import wines we can't afford to have at Mental Notes like Ganevat, Pacalet, Overnoy… but he also imports some of the most interesting and accessible wines from Spain, France and the USA."
andrewguard.com.au

Smallfry, Barossa Valley, South Australia
"Have you ever consumed organic wine from the Barossa? Wayne Ahrens and Suzi Hilder probably grew the fruit, and now they're making the wine. They'll be showing us their skin-contact whites, their rosé and one of their beautiful light reds."
smallfrywines.com.au

Chèvre Wines, Otway Ranges, Victoria
"Farmer Jordan Kay desperately needs a wife… and a house… but he does have a beautiful little vineyard with some amazing wine coming off it. This will be your first chance to try them, but move fast - they sell out quickly."
chevrewines.com

Giorgio De Maria Fun Wines
"He'll be pouring orange wine from magnum, a rare red from the mountains of Piedmont, and Gatti, the best prosecco currently in Australia. What could possibly go wrong?"
giorgiodemaria.com

Two Metre Tall, Derwent Valley, Tasmania
"Give a warm welcome to the first beer poured at Mental Notes. Ashley and Jane Huntington made true farm-to-bottle products, made using fermented grains from their organic farm in Tassie."
2mt.com.au

Mental Notes #2, Saturday 15 October, Paddington Town Hall, 249 Oxford St, Paddington, NSW. Tickets are $50 for each tasting session or $90 for both sessions. For tickets visit mentalnotes.co

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