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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."

Fig recipes

Figs. We can't get enough of them. Here are a few sweet and savoury ways to add them to your summer spread.

Most popular recipes summer 2017

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Australia's best rieslings

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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.

Top Australian chefs to follow on Instagram in 2017

A lot has changed since we first published our pick of the best chefs to follow on Instagram (way back in the dark ages of 2013). Here’s who we’re double-tapping on the photo-sharing app right now.

Christine Manfield recipes

As the '90s dawned, darling chefs were pushing the boundaries of cooking in this country. A young Christine Manfield, just starting out at this heady time, soon became part of the generation that redefined modern Australian cuisine. She shares some of her timeless signatures from the era.

Mascarpone

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Flower Drum
Chinese
  • 17 Market La,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9662 3655,
    flowerdrum.melbourne/
  • Lunch Mon-Sat noon-3pm

    Dinner daily 6pm-11pm

Flower Drum
-37.811853,144.969314

Courtly service and superior Cantonese cooking are immediately apparent to even the greenest of horns, but it's the details that the Drum's regulars savour: the untouched retro pleasures of the dining room, the acres between tables. The menu is packed with thrills, but devotees prefer the Socratic method: ask the staff what's looking good and let them guide you in its preparation. The pick of today's catch might be whiting; have it delicately battered, they'll recommend, with a nest of enoki mushrooms. How best to enjoy the jade tiger abalone? With slippery swatches of mung bean noodle to contrast the shellfish's tender firmness. This all comes at a cost, but the quality is on the plate, in the just-so crispness of green vegetables, say, or the crystalline quality of the broth holding a dumpling bulging with crab and scallop meat. Make it all up on the genteel mark-ups on the weightier end of that excellent wine list. A tour de force.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • Two Stars
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $10-$32

    M $26-$36

    D $10-$18

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Private room
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
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  • Chef:
  • Anthony Lui

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