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Most popular recipes summer 2017

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

Curtis Stone's strawberry, elderflower and brioche summer puddings

"Think of this dessert as a deconstructed version of a summer pudding, with thinly sliced strawberries macerated in elderflower liqueur and layered between slices of brioche," says Stone. "A dollop of whipped cream on top is a cooling counterpoint to the floral flavours."

Fig recipes

Figs. We can't get enough of them. Here are a few sweet and savoury ways to add them to your summer spread.

Australia's best rieslings

We’re spoilt for variety – and value – in Australia when it comes to good riesling. Max Allen picks the top 20 from a fine crop.

Chorizo hotdogs with chimichurri and smoky red relish

A hotdog is all about the condiments. Here, choose between a smoky red capsicum relish or the bright flavours of chimichurri, or go for a bit of both.

Top Australian chefs to follow on Instagram in 2017

A lot has changed since we first published our pick of the best chefs to follow on Instagram (way back in the dark ages of 2013). Here’s who we’re double-tapping on the photo-sharing app right now.

Christine Manfield recipes

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.

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."

Seafood platters

John Susman

John Susman

Is there still a place for the classic French-style seafood platter?

My word, yes. I think the plateau de fruits de mer should be Australia's national dish. It's a bit of a luxury but, hey, this isn't a feed for Tuesday night. This is something to cry over, laugh over and share with friends, loved ones or prospective financiers. To me, nothing says celebration more than a feed that includes leaving a mess of shells, a mountain of lemon wedges, a decent jug of cocktail sauce, and demands a cracking chilled, crisp dry white wine. The classic seafood platter is a thing of absolute indulgence.

It should have a sense of abundance and a wide variety of all things from the briny and enough of everything for everyone - it's truly about excess. The best seafood platters aren't confined to a tight specification, but are rather the seasonal high-water mark of what's in the fish markets right now. In spring I would want to include Queensland spanner crab and South Australian blue swimmer crab, Tasmanian or South Australian Pacific oysters and Sydney rock oysters from the north coast of New South Wales. Let's tie on our bibs and hop to it: it's a cracking time to get cracking. Boom-tish.

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