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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. 

A festival of cheese hits Sydney

Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.

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.

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.

Brae

Prepare to enter a picture of the countryside framed by note-perfect Australiana but painted in bold, elegant and unsentimental strokes. Over 10 or more courses, Dan Hunter celebrates his region with dishes that are formally daring (Crunchy prawn heads! Creamy oyster soft-serve! Sea urchin and chicory bread pudding!), yet rich in flavour and substance. The menu could benefit from an edit, but the plates are tightly composed - and what could you cut? Certainly not the limpid broth bathing fronds of abalone and calamari, nor the clever arrangement of lobster played off against charred waxy fingerlings under a swatch of milk skin. The adventure is significantly the richer for the cool gloss of the dining room, some of the most engaging service in the nation and wine pairings that roam with an easy-going confidence. Maturing and relaxing without surrendering a drop of its ambition, Brae is more compelling than ever.

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.

Discovering Macedonia

Like its oft-disputed name, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia defies simple definition but its rich diversity extends from the dinner table to the welcoming locals, writes Richard Cooke.

2017 Australian Hotel Awards: The Finalists

This year's finalists across 11 different categories include established and new hotels, all with particular areas of excellence. Stay tuned to find out which hotels will take the top spots when they're announced at a ceremony at QT Melbourne on Wednesday 24 May, and published in our 2017 Australian Hotel Guide, on sale Thursday 25 May.

Book talk: Moving Out...Eating In

We ask Moving Out...Eating In author Elizabeth Hewson why we should buy her book.

GT: Why should we buy your book?
EH: I've written this book about my moving-out-of-home experience for my fellow peers [twenty-somethings who are moving away from home for the first time]. It features more than 100 approachable, vibrant and affordable recipes organised into chapters to reflect the lifestyle that we lead. It's a book that understands that one night we might be eating alone and the next we might suddenly be feeding a group of six. It's a book that understands that, for us, ingredients need to be readily available and affordable as well as delicious. It's a book that doesn't require prior kitchen knowledge, and can just be picked up and cooked from.

Where's the easiest place to start?
I'd start by having a read of the first chapter. By stocking up on the basics - in your kitchen and pantry - you'll find it easy to whip up a meal for yourself, a partner or a bunch of friends in minutes. It's also an economical way to shop.

What if we're looking for a challenge? What's the toughest recipe?
To be honest, all the recipes are pretty straightforward. Some recipes may look long, but this is purely because I'm talking you through the steps. Don't confuse this with complicated. I wanted the book to be like a friend was reading the recipe out to you. I wanted to explain why you are doing certain steps. I think this is the best way to learn. But toughest? Well, I wouldn't say it's tough, but the dumplings do take some patience. Folding them up can be fiddly, but the end result is well worth it.

Do we need any special gear or ingredients to make the most of the book?
At the start of each recipe I mention if any specific equipment is required. All ingredients are easily accessible, but I would recommend growing your own herbs. I use fresh herbs a lot throughout the book, and buying them from the supermarket can get expensive and they tend not to last long. Also, I know some kitchen purists will cringe but a food processor is a handy appliance to have. It's a huge time-saver, and when you're starting out in the kitchen, short cuts can make all the difference. There's no need to buy a big, expensive one - the smaller ones are far cheaper and do the job just fine. I use mine to grate, pulse and combine. It's super-handy when a large amount of chopping is involved.

What's the best thing about the book?
There is a picture for every single recipe. Oh, and the hot chocolate and marshmallow tart with a Tim Tam crust, or the apple fumble - half fool, half crumble. I like to have fun with my recipe names.

Any last thoughts to get your book over the line?
I have some really good-looking friends that feature in the book. And a cute puppy named Pablo Escobark.

Moving Out… Eating In by Elizabeth Hewson was photographed by Michael Wee (Roc-Hin Pty Ltd, $34.95, pbk).


 

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