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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. 

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Whiskey-glazed ham with preserved cherries


"I have a multicultural family - we're Dutch, Chinese and Welsh - so Christmas is a bit of a blend of things from all three cultures," says Analiese Gregory. "One stalwart of the table, though, is ham. Normally I'm a fan of the mustard, brown sugar and pineapple tradition, but I associate cherries with Christmas in Australia - it's smack bang in the middle of cherry season. Also, recently I've become obsessed with good maraschino cherries, and their dark glossiness and slightly bitter almond flavour. This ham reminds me of cherries and cocktails and spice. Talking about it has made me want a Manhattan. Enjoy."

You'll need

1 leg ham, bone in (5kg-6kg) 1½ tbsp wholegrain mustard 100 gm brown sugar 80 cloves (about 1 packet)   Preserved cherries 1 kg pitted black cherries 150 gm caster sugar 130 ml sherry vinegar 3 golden shallots, finely chopped 20 gm ginger, peeled and finely chopped 3 gm (1 tsp) mixed spice   Whiskey glaze 200 gm maraschino cherries and syrup, stalks removed 200 gm black cherry jam, or sour cherry jam 200 ml cherry juice 200 ml homemade pork stock, or good chicken stock 100 ml Bourbon 100 gm brown sugar

Method

  • 01
  • For preserved cherries, simmer ingredients in a saucepan over low heat until cherries start to break down and have a jam-like consistency (1-1¼ hours). Season lightly with salt and pepper and set aside to cool.
  • 02
  • For whiskey glaze, blend or finely chop the cherries and combine with remaining ingredients in a saucepan and simmer over high heat until thickened and glossy (10-15 minutes).
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Gently peel back the ham skin from leg to shank, being careful not to tear the fat. Score the skin around shank with a sharp knife, then remove skin. Score fat 5mm deep to create a diamond pattern. Rub ham all over with mustard, then brown sugar and stud the centre of each diamond with a clove. Place ham in a roasting pan with 80ml water in the base to prevent burning and roast for 30 minutes. Reduce oven to 160C and keep baking, basting ham every 15 minutes with whiskey glaze, until dark and glossy (about 2 hours; if the tray dries out, add a little more water so the sugars don't burn).
  • 04
  • Serve the ham with the cherry preserve.

At A Glance

  • Serves 10 - 12 people
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  • Serves 10 - 12 people

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Dec 2015

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