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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."

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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

Fregola with pipis and cherry tomatoes


"This is our take on fregola con arselle, a classic Sardinian dish," says Ward. "Fregola was brought to Sardinia by Ligurian immigrants from a colony in Tunisia, and hence shares many similarities with the couscous of North Africa. When it's cooked like a risotto rather than steamed, the starch is released into the sauce, creating a creamy texture that's perfect with shellfish. Late-summer cherry tomatoes add a lovely sweet-acidic balance to round out the dish."

You'll need

500 gm prawn heads (see note) 2 celery stalks, finely diced, trimmings reserved for stock 1 large Spanish onion, finely diced, trimmings reserved for stock 1 large carrot, finely diced, trimmings reserved for stock 3 fresh bay leaves 100 ml olive oil 500 gm fregola 150 ml white wine 500 gm pipis (see note) 250 gm (1 punnet) cherry tomatoes 2/3 cup (loosely packed) flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped To serve: chilli oil

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Roast prawn heads or shells in a roasting pan, stirring occasionally, until deep golden (30-35 minutes). Remove from oven and deglaze pan with 250ml water, then transfer to a large saucepan, add 1.3 litres water and vegetable trimmings, bring to the boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until well flavoured (1 hour). Season to taste and pass through a fine strainer into another saucepan and keep warm.
  • 02
  • Cook celery, onion, carrot and bay leaves in 60ml oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until caramelised, adding tiny splashes of water to prevent catching (7-8 minutes). Add fregola and 2 tbsp oil, stir to coat grains, then increase heat to high and stir continuously until fregola starts to caramelise (6-8 minutes). Add white wine and stir vigorously, then add shellfish stock a ladleful at a time, stirring and allowing liquid to be absorbed before adding the next. After 8 minutes, add pipis and cherry tomatoes and continue adding stock until pipis open and fregola is creamy and al dente (10-12 minutes). Season to taste and serve scattered with parsley and drizzled with chilli oil.

Note Order prawn heads ahead from your fishmonger; crab shells also work. You can also substitute the pipis with clams or vongole.


At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people
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  • Serves 6 - 8 people

Drink Suggestion

6 Mura Bianco Vermentino di Sardegna 2012, Sardinia.

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