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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."

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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."

Chow-chow


"This preserve is addictive and you'll find it doesn't last long in the fridge," says Wise. It pairs with any meat perfectly, from a roast chicken to a ham sandwich. It's best made a couple of days ahead to allow the flavours to mellow and develop." Makes about 1.5kg.

You'll need

1.2 kg cabbage (about 1 small cabbage), finely shredded on a mandolin 2 tsp each ground turmeric, ground cumin and celery seed Pinch each of ground cloves, ground cinnamon and ground allspice 80 ml (1/3 cup) vegetable oil 2 onions, finely chopped 2 celery stalks, finely chopped 4 long red chillies, thinly sliced 200 ml white vinegar 60 gm brown sugar Small handful of fresh curry leaves 50 gm mustard seeds

Method

  • 01
  • Place cabbage in a large bowl, season lightly with salt, toss to combine and set aside.
  • 02
  • Dry-roast spices, stirring, until fragrant (2-3 minutes), then set aside.
  • 03
  • Heat half the oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat, add onion, celery and chilli, and sauté until tender (4-5 minutes), then add vinegar, sugar, spices and cabbage. Reduce heat to low and simmer until cabbage is tender and liquid has almost completely evaporated (50 minutes to 1 hour).
  • 04
  • Heat remaining oil in a small frying pan over medium-high heat, add curry leaves and mustard seeds and fry until seeds pop (30 seconds). Add to cabbage mixture, season to taste, then transfer to sterile jars, seal and cool to room temperature. Chow-chow will keep refrigerated for up to a month.

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