Healthy Eating

We're championing fresh food that packs a flavour punch, from salads and vegetable-packed bowls to grains and light desserts.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller before 25th June, 2017 and receive a Laguiole cheese knife set!

Gourmet digital

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad or Android tablet.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pea and ham soup

Christmas pudding ice-cream


You'll need

12 egg yolks 75 gm (1/3 cup) brown sugar 75 gm (1/3 cup) white sugar 500 ml (2 cups) milk 500 ml (2 cups) pouring cream 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped 1 orange and 1 lemon, finely grated rind only 3 cloves, cracked 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg 90 gm brown bread, broken into small pieces 1 tbsp butter, melted 1 tbsp pure icing sugar 2 tbsp finely chopped candied clementine (see note) 1 tbsp brandy 35 gm (¼ cup) toasted hazelnuts peeled and coarsely chopped 75 gm (½ cup) raisins 80 gm (½ cup) currants

Method

  • 01
  • Combine egg yolks and both sugars in a bowl and whisk until sugar dissolves. Combine milk, cream, vanilla bean and seeds and citrus rinds in a saucepan, bring to a simmer over medium heat, then pour over yolk mixture, whisking continuously to combine. Return to pan and cook, stirring continuously, over low heat for 8-10 minutes or until mixture coats the back of a spoon, then remove from heat and whisk in spices. Cool.
  • 02
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Place bread on a baking tray and cook for 3-4 minutes or until lightly golden, drizzle melted butter over and dust with icing sugar, then return to oven and cook for 3 minutes or until caramelised (take care not to burn bread). Cool.
  • 03
  • Strain custard through a fine sieve, add candied clementine, brandy, hazelnut, raisins, currants and brown bread and mix to combine. Freeze in an ice-cream machine, according to the manufacturer’s instructions, then freeze until required. Makes about 2 litres. Serve with peach and nectarine salad.
Note Candied clementine is available from David Jones Foodhalls and select delicatessens. If unavailable, substitute with other candied citrus.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
GT
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
Recipe collections

Looking for ways to make the most out of seasonal produce? Want to find a recipe perfect for a party? Or just after fresh ideas for dessert? Either way, our recipe collections have you covered.

See more
2017 Restaurant Guide

Our 2017 Restaurant Guide is online, covering over 400 restaurants Australia wide. Never wonder where to dine again.

See more

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people

You might also like...

Easter lunch recipes

recipes

Raspberry and Mint Mojito

Cupcake recipes

recipes

Neil Perry: Prawn cocktail

Thomas Keller's sandwich recipes

recipes

Serge Dansereau: Blueberry vanilla tart

Grilling recipes

recipes

Barbecue trout bundles with prosciutto and button mushrooms

Neil Perry's Spice Temple recipes

recipes

Serge Dansereau: Homemade lemonade

Pickle and preserve recipes

recipes

Serge Danserau: Duck confit and potato terrine

15 (shameless) chocolate recipes

recipes

Serge Dansereau: Marinated goat’s cheese with summer vegetables

Sexy salad recipes

recipes

conversion tool

 
get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

×