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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Salted oat and chocolate cookies


Bitter chocolate and a good pinch of salt in these chewy oat biscuits bring a savoury counterpoint to the milk chocolate filling. If you prefer a less chewy texture, bake them for a little longer. The biscuits and filling will keep separately for up to a week, but it's best to fill them on the day you want to eat them.

 

You'll need

170 gm butter, melted and cooled 220 gm (1 cup) brown sugar 110 gm (½ cup) caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 egg 1 egg yolk 2 cups plain flour 120 gm rolled oats ½ tsp baking powder 200 gm chocolate (70% cocoa solids) 110 gm (1/2 cup) caster sugar ½ tsp lemon juice 200 ml pouring cream 400 gm milk chocolate

Method

  • 01
  • For milk-chocolate ganache, stir sugar, lemon juice and 40ml water in a saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Brush down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush to remove sugar crystals, bring to the boil and cook without stirring but swirling pan occasionally until a dark caramel forms (3-4 minutes). Remove from heat, add cream (be careful, mixture will spit), and stir to combine. Add chocolate, return to heat and stir continuously until smooth. Refrigerate until firm.
  • 02
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Beat melted butter, sugars and vanilla in a bowl until well combined (2-3 minutes). Add egg and yolk and beat until pale and creamy. Stir in flour, oats, baking powder and 1 tsp sea salt flakes, then stir in chocolate.
  • 03
  • Spoon heaped tablespoonfuls of mixture onto oven trays lined with baking paper, leaving about 5cm between each to allow for spreading. Flatten slightly, scatter with a little extra salt, then bake until edges are golden (6-8 minutes). Cool completely on trays, then store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
  • 04
  • Soften ganache briefly at room temperature, then spread thickly over half the biscuits. Sandwich with remaining biscuits and serve.

At A Glance

  • Serves 10 - 12 people
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  • Serves 10 - 12 people

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Mar 2016

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