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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."

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.

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.

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.

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."

Gowings Bar & Grill
Modern Australian
  • 49 Market St,
    Sydney, NSW
  • (02) 8262 0062,
    qtsydney.com.au/
  • Lunch Mon-Sat noon-3pm

    Dinner daily 6pm-10pm

Gowings Bar & Grill
-33.871201,151.207387

Once part of a store for Sydney's dapper gentlemen, this dark room has a men's club feel, only with rather more buzz and relaxed but efficient service. The wine list is easy to navigate and offers a mix of local and international drops, with plenty of finds under $100 and lots to like by the glass (pouring those glasses tableside would be a welcome touch). The menu is rich in seafood, but also includes the wood-grilled likes of the "I only have minutes steak". This translates to tender rib-eye spiced with anchovy butter, and a salad of watercress and horseradish. The shoestring fries served with it are good, but a side of creamy macaroni and cheese is the star. Kimchi-spiked tuna tartare in lettuce cups and a crunchy salad of raw zucchini, fennel, squash and dill make refreshing entrées, while desserts range from comforting (profiteroles and beignets) to playful, with raspberry popping candy adding pizzazz to peach and rose sorbet.


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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $19-$26

    M $29-$48

    D $16-$19

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Robert Marchetti & Paul Easson

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