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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."

What to look for when buying seafood

Why does fish in restaurants so often taste better than what I cook at home?

It's all about sourcing the best fish and handling it with the same care as good chefs do in their restaurants. Start by heading to your fishmonger with an open mind, let them advise you on the best fish on the slab that day and design your dish from there. Buy the fish whole, check that it has clear, protruding eyes, red gills, a clean fresh seaweed aroma and is firm to the touch.

Once you've selected the perfect specimen, don't let it anywhere near fresh water; the chemicals such as iodine and chlorine will cause the protein to deteriorate and the fish will lose flavour, texture and moisture. If you aren't comfortable or inclined to dress and fillet the fish at home, ask your fishmonger to scale, gut and fillet the fish for you. Once it's dry-cut, keep it cold up until cooking, then make sure the cooking method is matched to the oil or fat content of the fish. Regardless of the type, don't use too much heat - the protein will split and the flesh will dry out. And never cook the fish through - it will continue cooking when removed from the heat. Be sure to rest your cooked fish before eating, allowing it to relax and the moisture to flow back evenly through the flesh. Last of all, remember that fish loves salt, but always salt after cooking to retain moisture.

Here are some fast seafood recipes to try.

Illustration Lauren Haire

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