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Most popular recipes summer 2017

Counting down from 20, here are this summer's most-loved recipes.

Curtis Stone's strawberry, elderflower and brioche summer puddings

"Think of this dessert as a deconstructed version of a summer pudding, with thinly sliced strawberries macerated in elderflower liqueur and layered between slices of brioche," says Stone. "A dollop of whipped cream on top is a cooling counterpoint to the floral flavours."

Bali's new wave of restaurants, hotels and bars

The restaurant and hotel scene on Australia's favourite holiday island has never been more exciting and Australian chefs, owners and restaurateurs are leading the charge, writes Samantha Coomber.

Chorizo hotdogs with chimichurri and smoky red relish

A hotdog is all about the condiments. Here, choose between a smoky red capsicum relish or the bright flavours of chimichurri, or go for a bit of both.

World's Best Chefs Talks

Massimo Bottura and more are coming to the Sydney Opera House.

Baguette recipes

These baguette recipes are picture-perfect and picnic ready, bursting with fillings like slow-cooked beef tongue, poached egg and grilled asparagus and classic leg ham and cheese.

Curtis Stone's strawberry and almond cheesecake

"I've made all kinds of fancy cheesecakes in my time, but nothing really beats the classic combination of strawberries and almonds with a boost from vanilla bean," says Stone. "I could just pile macerated strawberries on top, but why not give your tastebuds a proper party by folding grilled strawberries into the cheesecake batter too? Cheesecakes are elegant and my go-to for celebrations because they taste best when whipped up a day in advance."

Australia's best rieslings

We’re spoilt for variety – and value – in Australia when it comes to good riesling. Max Allen picks the top 20 from a fine crop.

Bistecca Fiorentina with asparagus


There are certain guidelines for the bistecca Fiorentina, a meat lover's dream from Tuscany. The Chianina cattle raised in the region was the traditional choice; we've opted for dry-aged Black Angus. The weight usually ranges from 1kg-1.5kg for each steak, which should be roughly three fingers in thickness. Serve it with a simple salad or baby potatoes cooked in foil on the barbecue, or both.

You'll need

2 dry aged T-bone steaks (1kg each), brought to room temperature For brushing: olive oil 4 bunches asparagus   Oregano and anchovy sauce 1/3 cup (1 bunch) oregano, torn coarsely 6 anchovy fillets 60 ml (¼ cup) extra-virgin olive oil Juice of 1 lemon

Method

  • 01
  • Brush the steaks with oil and grill the narrow fat-fringed edges over medium-high until golden and caramelised (6 minutes), then place flat and cook each side until golden-brown (8 minutes each side for medium-rare). Set aside to rest loosely tented in foil for 10-12 minutes.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, brush asparagus with olive oil and grill, turning occasionally, until just charred (4-5 minutes). Season to taste.
  • 03
  • For oregano and anchovy sauce, pound oregano and ½ tsp sea salt into coarse paste with a mortar and pestle, then add anchovies and pound to break up. Stir in olive oil and lemon juice and season to taste.
  • 04
  • Slice steaks, drizzle with oregano and anchovy sauce and serve with asparagus.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people

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