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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."

Weston Farm olive oil

Green liquid gold grown in the Tasmanian heartland.

WHO Richard and Belinda Weston have a small farm near Brighton, 30 minutes north of Hobart, which supplies produce to Hobart's best restaurants and their Pigeon Hole Café. At heart they are more gardeners than farmers, though, producing on a small scale and working their land by hand.

WHY The Westons' original plan was to grow peonies, flowers ideally suited to Tasmania's cool climate. They still do, but in the late 1990s, with the peonies well under way, they began looking for other plants that would also thrive in a place that saw low rainfall and had a frost-prone aspect. They decided on olives and in 1999 planted 600 trees, a mix of 16 different varieties, to see which ones were best suited to their microclimate. They have now largely settled on frantoio and, more recently, moraiolo, two herbaceous, peppery northern-Italian varieties.

HOW "Experience has taught us that the key to a good harvest and great olive oil is in the pruning," says Richard. Olives grow on new wood and the Westons' meticulous pruning ensures all the fruit will be evenly exposed to sunlight. The oil has long inspired chefs such as Luke Burgess and David Moyle, who've both worked with the Westons for years, to create dishes celebrating each new season.

WHERE Weston Farm's olive oil costs $26.50 for a 375ml bottle and is available at Pigeon Hole Café, Hobart, or via email order. Look out also for their recently released alma-based sweet and smoked paprikas, and padrón-based hot paprika.

Weston Farm, (03) 6268 0063, westonfarm@bigpond.com

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