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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."

Stokehouse City, Melbourne

"It's an exceptional venue - there's nothing else like it."

Architect and designer Pascale Gomes McNabb is referring to the great bone structure of the grand double-storey building in Melbourne's CBD that once housed Mietta's and Comme, and from Thursday next week will house Stokehouse City.

But she might just as well be talking about the extraordinary and original transformation she has wrought, melding together beach-shack motifs and graffitied urban grit in a kind of glamorous punk-tinged whole that's edgy, colourful, a little bonkers and a whole lot of fun.

Gomes McNabb (whose work includes The Bentley and Monopole in Sydney, Cumulus Inc and Cutler & Co in Melbourne and the restaurant at Penfolds Magill Estate in South Australia) has history with Stokehouse, having redesigned the upstairs dining room of the landmark St Kilda venue that was destroyed by fire in January.

"I've tried to embody the spirit of the Stokehouse in St Kilda while giving it a city vibe and feel," she says. "Stokehouse to me always felt like going on holiday and escaping the everyday and I wanted to recreate that here, but in the context of the significant city building it now occupies."

Certainly the layout of the beachside Stokehouse has been emulated with a casual café-bar downstairs and a restaurant upstairs.

The menus follow suit, with chef Oliver Gould heading the upstairs kitchen and Nick Mahlook back in the café space, and their cartes are liberally dotted with familiar Stokehouse favourites.

But while the sand-like, geometric "tidelines" painted across the parquetry floors in each space (including the intimate late-opening nightclub in the former Comme restaurant space), along with the beach hut-style light fittings and the rough rope netting around the ornate chandeliers upstairs speak of the restaurant's seaside associations, there's enough leather and graffiti-like painting, gorgeous bespoke mirror-work and hot-pink banquette seating to show Stokehouse is perfectly at ease in the city.

Gomes McNabb is quite right - there's really nothing else like it.

Stokehouse City, 7 Alfred Pl, Melbourne, Vic, (03) 9525 5555, stokehouse.com.au

Looking for more Melbourne dining options? Check out our list of the best restaurants in Melbourne.


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