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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. 

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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.

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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.

Discovering Macedonia

Like its oft-disputed name, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia defies simple definition but its rich diversity extends from the dinner table to the welcoming locals, writes Richard Cooke.

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.

Thiples


"Thiples are a traditional pastry made for festive occasions such as weddings, christenings, birthdays, name days and so on," says Tsaples. "They're light, crunchy and deliciously sweet. Thiples aren't traditionally made in Thessaly, where my parents come from, and I learned how to make them through my mother-in-law, Anastasia, who comes from Kalamata."

You'll need

8 eggs (for the best results, they must be fresh and organic) 60 ml ouzo 1 tbsp white sugar 3 tsp vanilla sugar Juice of ½ lemon 1 kg “00” flour 1 litre (4 cups) sunflower oil 150 gm (1½ cups) walnuts, finely chopped 75 gm (½ cup) roasted sesame seeds ½ tsp cinnamon   Syrup 350 gm (1 cup) honey 220 gm (1 cup) white sugar 60 ml (¼ cup) lemon juice 1 cinnamon quill

Method

  • 01
  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs, ouzo, sugar, vanilla sugar and lemon juice. Add the flour a little at a time to form a stiff dough (you may not need all the flour). It should not stick to your hands. Knead it for about 5 minutes, place it in a clean bowl, wrap it in plastic wrap and rest for about 30-50 minutes.
  • 02
  • Take a piece of dough the size of your fist then, using a pasta machine and reducing settings notch by notch, roll out the dough until it is 2mm thick. Cut pastry into squares about 15cm by 15cm in size.
  • 03
  • Heat the oil in a deep-sided frying pan. Drop the pastry squares into the hot oil (be careful, the hot oil will spit). Using a fork, roll them up to form cylinders. Admittedly, this step does require a bit of practice (see note). Don’t worry if they are not perfect to begin with. Drain the thiples after frying.
  • 04
  • For the syrup, combine ingredients with 125ml water in a large saucepan, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer (5-10 minutes).
  • 05
  • Dip the thiples into the warm (not hot) syrup. Arrange on a platter and serve sprinkled with walnuts, sesame seeds and cinnamon.

Note We found that you can also roll the pastry squares into cylinders before lowering them into the hot oil. Hold them loosely with tongs to keep them rolled for the first few minutes of cooking, which might be easier for beginners. This recipe is from Sweet Greek: Simple Food & Sumptuous Feasts ($39.95), published by Melbourne Books, and has been edited. 


At A Glance

  • Serves 24 people
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  • Serves 24 people

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Jul 2013

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