Healthy Eating

We're championing fresh food that packs a flavour punch, from salads and vegetable-packed bowls to grains and light desserts.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller before 25th June, 2017 and receive a Laguiole cheese knife set!

Gourmet digital

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad or Android tablet.

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.

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.

2017 Australian Hotel Awards: The Finalists

This year's finalists across 11 different categories include established and new hotels, all with particular areas of excellence. Stay tuned to find out which hotels will take the top spots when they're announced at a ceremony at QT Melbourne on Wednesday 24 May, and published in our 2017 Australian Hotel Guide, on sale Thursday 25 May.

A festival of cheese hits Sydney

Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.

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. 

Chorizo recipes

Where would Spanish cuisine be without the chorizo? This versatile smallgood lends its big flavours to South American stews, soups, and salads, not to mention the ultimate hot dog. Let the sizzling begin.

Hunter Valley NSW travel guide

Our guide to the best of the region.

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.

Lobster poached in ginger-coconut milk with melon


You'll need

40 gm (8cm piece) ginger, coarsely chopped 1 lemongrass stalk, white part only, coarsely chopped 1 tbsp vegetable oil ½ tsp each white peppercorns and coriander seeds, finely crushed in a mortar and pestle 400 ml coconut milk 3 kaffir lime leaves, coarsely torn 1½ tbsp fish sauce, or to taste 15 gm light palm sugar, or to taste, crushed 2 cups (loosely packed) Thai basil leaves Juice of 1 lime, or to taste 3 uncooked lobster tails, halved, meat removed, cut into large bite-sized pieces To serve: steamed jasmine rice 2 small green chillies, thinly sliced, to serve   Sweet and sour melon ½ honeydew melon, cut into 5cm cubes 120 gm caster sugar 55 ml rice wine vinegar 1 tbsp fish sauce   Fried shallots For shallow-frying: vegetable oil 6 golden shallots, thinly sliced

Method

  • 01
  • For sweet and sour melon, place melon in a non-reactive container and set aside. Stir sugar, vinegar, fish sauce and 80ml water in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves, set aside to cool, pour over melon and refrigerate to pickle slightly (20 minutes).
  • 02
  • For fried shallots, heat oil in a wok over medium-high heat until shimmering, add shallot and stir until golden (3-5 minutes). Strain through a metal sieve and set aside to drain on absorbent paper.
  • 03
  • Process ginger, lemongrass, oil and spices in a small food processor to a fine paste. Heat a saucepan over medium heat, add paste and stir-fry until fragrant (1-2 minutes). Add coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, palm sugar and half the Thai basil, stir to dissolve sugar and bring to the simmer. Add lime juice, adjust seasoning to taste, add lobster and simmer until just cooked through (2-3 minutes). Spoon onto steamed jasmine rice, top with drained sweet and sour melon, fried shallots, thinly sliced chilli and remaining Thai basil leaves and serve.
This recipe is from the February 2013 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
GT
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
Recipe collections

Looking for ways to make the most out of seasonal produce? Want to find a recipe perfect for a party? Or just after fresh ideas for dessert? Either way, our recipe collections have you covered.

See more
2017 Restaurant Guide

Our 2017 Restaurant Guide is online, covering over 400 restaurants Australia wide. Never wonder where to dine again.

See more

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people

You might also like...

Easter lunch recipes

recipes

Christmas pudding ice-cream

Cupcake recipes

recipes

Raspberry and Mint Mojito

Thomas Keller's sandwich recipes

recipes

Neil Perry: Prawn cocktail

Grilling recipes

recipes

Serge Dansereau: Blueberry vanilla tart

Neil Perry's Spice Temple recipes

recipes

Barbecue trout bundles with prosciutto and button mushrooms

Pickle and preserve recipes

recipes

Serge Dansereau: Homemade lemonade

15 (shameless) chocolate recipes

recipes

Serge Danserau: Duck confit and potato terrine

Sexy salad recipes

recipes

conversion tool

 
get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

×