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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.

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.

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.

Chorizo recipes

Where would Spanish cuisine be without the chorizo? This versatile smallgood lends its big flavours to South American stews, soups, and salads, not to mention the ultimate hot dog. Let the sizzling begin.

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Pea and ham soup

Aløft

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. 

Duck egg desserts

On occasion, I have been able to source duck eggs and have heard of their wonderful qualities for baking. So far I have made basic sponges and custards but am keen to produce something that stands out in taste and texture. Any ideas?
By Mandy from Adelaide
Lisa Featherby, Gourmet Traveller food editor, answers:
You can use duck eggs in any way you use a chicken egg. They do make the best sponges, but, if you're after something different, I would recommend finding unusual recipes for chicken eggs and substituting the duck egg (you may need to cook it longer and adjust quantities in some cases as it's larger than a chicken egg). Most commonly, they are salted and preserved (as in the thousand-year-old-eggs you find in Chinese grocers). Fuchsia Dunlop is a great reference for recipes like this and has a book out called Revolutionary Chinese which is great for these kinds of recipes. Otherwise, they are great steamed in the shell (less harsh than boiling) and served with a hot-and-sour Thai-style dressing. Smoking them would also give you an unusual flavour and texture. The other way you can cook them is to slow cook them in a very gentle water bath. Justin North provided us a with a great recipe not long ago for a smoked duck egg and the texture was very unusual - quite gelatinous.
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