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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.

Smoky baked beans with bacon crumbs


This version of comforting homemade baked beans is topped with smoky bacon breadcrumbs for added flavour and texture. A poached egg or two would complete things nicely. You can bake this in one big dish or in individual ovenproof bowls. Begin this recipe a day ahead to soak the beans.

You'll need

350 gm dried borlotti beans, soaked overnight in cold water, drained 500 ml (2 cups) chicken or beef stock 1 fresh bay leaf 1½ tbsp olive oil 1 Spanish onion, finely diced 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 250 gm rindless smoky-bacon rashers, cut into strips 1 tsp each smoked paprika and hot paprika 400 gm canned cherry tomatoes 2 tbsp maple syrup 2 tbsp brown sugar 2 tbsp Dijon mustard 80 ml (1/3 cup) apple cider vinegar, or to taste   Bacon crumbs 100 gm rindless smoky-bacon rashers, diced 70 ml olive oil 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 180 gm coarse sourdough breadcrumbs 1½ tbsp each finely chopped sage and thyme

Method

  • 01
  • Combine beans, stock, bay leaf and 750ml cold water in a saucepan, bring to the simmer over medium-high heat and cook for 10 minutes. Drain, reserving liquid (discard bay leaf).
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 140C. Heat oil in a large casserole over medium-high heat, add onion and garlic, and sauté until tender (4-5 minutes). Add bacon, sauté until fat begins to render (2-3 minutes) then add paprikas, stir until fragrant (1 minute), then add tomatoes, maple syrup, sugar and mustard. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper, then add beans and enough reserved cooking liquid to just cover (about 375ml). Cover with a tight-fitting lid and bake, stirring occasionally, until beans are just tender (1-1¼ hours).
  • 03
  • Meanwhile, for bacon crumbs, stir bacon in a frying pan over medium-high heat until fat begins to render (2-3 minutes), add oil and garlic and stir until fragrant (30 seconds). Add breadcrumbs, stir occasionally until lightly toasted (4-5 minutes), remove from heat then add herbs, season to taste and set aside.
  • 04
  • Remove lid from beans, add vinegar, stir to combine and bake until beans are very tender (30-40 minutes), season to taste. Increase oven to 220C. Divide smoky baked beans among individual ovenproof ramekins or bowls, scatter bacon crumbs over, then bake until crisp and golden (15-20 minutes). Serve hot.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 - 6 people
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  • Serves 4 - 6 people

Drink Suggestion

Strong rye ale.

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