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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.

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.

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.

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.

Kisume, Melbourne

Chris Lucas has flown in talent from all over the world, including Eleven Madison Park, for his bold new venture. Here’s what to expect from Kisume.

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.

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.

Automata's pickled eggs and onions


"These pickled eggs are a cross between an Asian style (with the boiled eggs soaked in soy sauce) and a European pickled egg," says Clayton Wells. "They have added richness from the black garlic and from the herbs." Begin this recipe three days ahead to pickle the eggs and onion.

You'll need

6 eggs, at room temperature 3 white onions, sliced into 8mm-thick rounds, keeping the rings intact 1 head black garlic, sliced (see note) 6 thyme sprigs   Malt pickle 1 litre (4 cups) malt vinegar 250 ml (1 cup) tamari 1 head black garlic, halved (see note) 8 thyme sprigs

Method

  • 01
  • For malt pickle, combine ingredients, 15gm fine sea salt and 1 litre water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Cool to room temperature, then strain (discard garlic and thyme).
  • 02
  • Cover eggs with cold water in a saucepan, bring to the boil and cook for 2 minutes. Drain, refresh in a bowl of iced water, then carefully peel and place in a heatproof container. Bring half the pickling liquid to the boil, pour over eggs, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 days.
  • 03
  • Place onion slices in a single layer in a wide saucepan, add remaining pickling liquid, cover directly with a round of baking paper and bring to a simmer over low heat. Cool, then refrigerate in an airtight container for at least 3 days.
  • 04
  • To serve, drain pickled eggs, halve and arrange on serving plates with pickled onion, and top with black garlic and thyme.

Note Black garlic is fermented garlic, usually sold in whole heads, is available from select delicatessens and online at tasmanianblackgarlic.com.au


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