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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.

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.

O Tama Carey's fried eggs with seeni sambol, coconut and turmeric

"I first cooked a version of this dish - inspired by the excellent deep-fried egg dish at Billy Kwong - while working at a restaurant in Sri Lanka," says O Tama Carey. "The lattice-like eggs are doused in a creamy turmeric curry sauce and topped with seeni sambol, a sweet-spiced caramelised onion relish. This dish is equally perfect for an indulgent breakfast as it is served as part of a larger meal." The recipe for the seeni sambol makes more than you need, but to get the right balance of spices you need to make at least this much. It keeps refrigerated for up to three weeks; use as an onion relish. The curry sauce can be made a day or two ahead.

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.

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.

Char-grilled Brussels sprouts with apple and pepitas


Brussels sprouts come up trumps when cooked on the grill, although it must be said they're a little fiddly to handle. The pay-off comes with deep flavour and a contrast of textures - we've kept the outer leaves raw, while the charred hearts become tender and caramelised. This makes a perfect accompaniment to roast pork, or you could crisp up a couple of slices of speck on the grill and crumble them over the lot for a more substantial meal.

You'll need

400 gm Brussels sprouts, tough outer leaves discarded, tender outer leaves reserved separately, hearts thickly sliced lengthways 1 tbsp olive oil 2 Granny Smith apples, cut into julienne and tossed in juice of ½ lemon 4 radishes, thinly sliced on a mandolin 1 golden shallot, thinly sliced ½ cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley   Toasted pepita dressing 1½ tbsp each olive oil and hazelnut oil 2 tbsp pepitas 1 garlic clove, finely chopped Finely grated rind and juice of ½ lemon 1 tbsp red wine vinegar, or to taste

Method

  • 01
  • For toasted pepita dressing, heat oils in a saucepan over medium-high heat, add pepitas and cook, stirring occasionally, until just starting to change colour (1-2 minutes). Remove from heat, stir in garlic and lemon rind, cool slightly, then stir in lemon juice and vinegar to taste. Season to taste and set aside.
  • 02
  • Heat a char-grill pan or barbecue to high heat. Combine Brussels sprouts hearts and oil in a bowl, season to taste and toss to coat evenly. Grill in batches, turning occasionally, until tender and lightly caramelised (10-15 minutes). Transfer to a bowl, add outer leaves and toss to combine. Add apple, radish, shallot and parsley, drizzle with toasted pepita dressing to taste, toss to coat and serve warm or at room temperature.

At A Glance

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

Drink Suggestion

Rich pinot gris.

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