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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.

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. 

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.

Where to stay, eat and drink in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Beyond Kuala Lumpur's shopping malls, Lara Dunston finds a flourishing third-wave coffee scene, tailored food tours and charming neighbourhoods.

Moon Park to open Paper Bird in Potts Point

No, it’s not a pop-up. The team behind Sydney’s Moon Park is back with an all-day east-Asian eatery.

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.

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O Tama Carey's fried eggs with seeni sambol, coconut and turmeric

"I first cooked a version of this dish - inspired by the excellent deep-fried egg dish at Billy Kwong - while working at a restaurant in Sri Lanka," says O Tama Carey. "The lattice-like eggs are doused in a creamy turmeric curry sauce and topped with seeni sambol, a sweet-spiced caramelised onion relish. This dish is equally perfect for an indulgent breakfast as it is served as part of a larger meal." The recipe for the seeni sambol makes more than you need, but to get the right balance of spices you need to make at least this much. It keeps refrigerated for up to three weeks; use as an onion relish. The curry sauce can be made a day or two ahead.

Fusilli alla Norma


"Alla Norma is a Sicilian dish, named after the opera Norma by Vincenzo Bellini. It's traditionally made with ricotta salata but I like to use mozzarella - I prefer its melty stretchy messiness," says Orr. "Though that means it's no longer really alla Norma, but don't tell anyone. Fusilli is my favourite dried pasta, but use whatever you like."

You'll need

160 ml extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 800 gm canned whole peeled tomatoes 1 tsp dried oregano 1 large eggplant (about 500gm), cut into 2cm cubes 600 gm dried fusilli 1 cup (loosely packed) basil, coarsely torn, plus extra to garnish 2 buffalo mozzarella balls (125gm each), coarsely torn

Method

  • 01
  • Heat 50ml oil in a large saucepan over high heat, then reduce heat to medium, add garlic and cook until golden (1-2 minutes). Add tomatoes and oregano, season to taste and cook, breaking down tomatoes with a spoon, until sauce thickens (5-10 minutes).
  • 02
  • Heat half the remaining oil in a large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat and fry half the eggplant until golden and tender (5-7 minutes). Drain on absorbent paper or in a colander and repeat with remaining oil and eggplant. Add to tomato sauce and keep warm.
  • 03
  • Cook fusilli in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente (10-15 minutes), then drain, reserving a little pasta water.
  • 04
  • Add basil, mozzarella and fusilli to tomato sauce and stir to combine. If the sauce is a bit dry, loosen it with a little reserved pasta water. Serve drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil and scattered with basil.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people

Drink Suggestion

A slightly chilled, fleshy fruit, chalky, mineral-driven light red from Sicily. A 2012 Cos Frappato would be perfect.

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Mar 2014

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