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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."

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.

World's Best Chefs Talks

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

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.

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.

Fast summer dinners

From an effortless tomato and ricotta herbed tart to Sri Lankan fish curries and chewy pork-and-pineapple skewers, these no-fuss recipes lend to relaxing on a humid summer's night.

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."

Bin 72, Black Market, Africola, Obunmee

Bin 72, Gold Coast

Bin 72, Gold Coast

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country this week, including Bin 72, Black Market, Africola and Obunmee.

ADELAIDE
Africola
Out of the fire pit and straight into your mouth. This is the way chef Duncan Welgemoed likes it at Africola, his bold and brilliant African dining room and bar. Bites are based on the food he grew up with in South Africa and while there's a vast amount of grilled and roasted meat - especially on the giant braai plate, with boerewors and rare beef rib for two - the stars are the seafood dishes. Fermenting, brining and the use of seaweeds are recurring themes in the likes of raw squid with young coconut, fermented kohlrabi and green mango, charcoal-grilled prawns with preserved pumpkin, and lightly cured chunks of kingfish with preserved seaweed. Strong stuff. And the booze list is just as ballsy, whether it's the cream of the more out-there local producers, or some wild imports. For the best vantage point, sit on stools at the tiled bench surrounding the open kitchen, and take in the murals, motifs and artefacts from designer James Brown. The dial is set to party and the city is loving it. Africola, 4 East Tce, Adelaide, SA, (08) 8223 3885. DAVID SLY

GOLD COAST
Bin 72 
Renovations at The Strand centre are ongoing, but if the quality on offer at this hip corner tenancy is an indication of what's coming, things are looking up beachside for Cooly. A sibling of Burleigh Heads' busy Bin 12, this recently opened bar-eatery is the third salvo from chef-owner Daniel Ridgeway of Little Truffle and Mermaid Beach. Interiors belie the shopping centre location, with flattering lighting and a blend of raw wood, copper, slate, stone and polished concrete all used to good effect. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook pine-fringed parkland and the ocean beyond, with glass louvres poised to catch sea breezes. Despite the wine-centric name, it's more about the food than the grape here, though you'll find plenty of familiar names to match with the small plates on offer. Crisp tempura-battered baby zucchini flowers are impressive stuffed with a sweet prawn farce, and the jalapeño dipping sauce takes them to the next level. Strands of pickled wombok work similar magic on the chilli-spiked pulled-pork tacos. There are a couple of girthier dishes listed but you know the drill - grab a glass and get ready to enjoy the snacks. Bin 72, shop 121, The Strand, 72-80 Marine Pde, Coolangatta, Qld, (07) 5536 9903. FIONA DONNELLY

MELBOURNE
Pierre Roelofs at Café Rosamond and Black Market
The little pop-up that could, Pierre Roelofs' Dessert Evenings at Café Rosamond, is calling it a day, five years, 160-plus menus and countless dessert tubes since bursting onto the Fitzroy scene as one of the first of its species. Those wishing to take the final three-course plus dessert tube (past tube flavours have included jam doughnut, Coke spider, Iced Vo Vo, Snickers and carrot cake) journey at Rosie can brave the queues on December 18. But save the rending of garments because Roelofs is not quitting the pop-up game altogether. He's planning a series of occasional dessert evenings over the next 12 months at different addresses where you'll not only be able to book but also have wine matched with dessert (something not possible in the licenceless Rosamond). The first of these, exactly one day after the final Rosamond evening, is being held at Fitzroy café Black Market, and will cost $85 for three courses, and a dessert tube, with matching wines. So, thanks to Roelofs, you can see an ending, a beginning and, possibly, dessert combinations like sarsaparilla and marmalade and lemon polenta cake teamed with ginger beer jelly and puffed quinoa all in one week. Café Rosamond, rear 191 Smith St, Fitzroy, Vic; Black Market, 123 Smith St, Fitzroy, Vic; bookings via pierreroelofs.com  MICHAEL HARDEN

SYDNEY
Obunmee
After impressing the people of Pyrmont with their baguettes, the good people behind Harris Street's Obunmee have branched out, opening a new hole-in-the-wall on Quay Street in Chinatown. The banh mi are still a draw (especially the lemongrass chicken), as is the sugarcane juice, and there's barely eight seats in the whole place, but the hook is a small handful of Vietnamese dishes not often seen in Sydney. Chief among them might be the banh beo, silken little saucers of steamed rice cake topped with mung bean paste, dried prawn, fried shallot, pickled carrot and slices of pork roll, but there again there is much to be said for the charms of the salad of shredded dry rice paper with quail's eggs, Vietnamese mint, peanuts and green mango aka banh trang tron. The setting is ultra-basic, but the welcome is warm. Obunmee, 107-121 Quay St, Haymarket, NSW, (02) 8239 5666. PAT NOURSE

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