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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."

Lady Carolina, Melbourne

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now: Lady Carolina, Melbourne.

Followers of chef Paul Wilson will know the big man is fond of big flavours but also capable of bringing admirable levels of finesse and balance to the table. Take the "naked" guacamole at his latest venture (as creative director), Lady Carolina, a Latin kitchen and bar in East Brunswick. One of five versions of guacamole on the list (others contain everything from chorizo to goji berries), the entry-level version provides texture and flavour with just the right amount of acid and a beautifully judged underlying hum of chilli heat. Teamed with light and nicely splintery nixtamal corn chips, it's a good way to get into the relaxed Lady Carolina spirit, especially if you've decided to give the pisco cocktail list a nudge - perhaps the signature Inca Punch, a blend of pisco, lime, pineapple, chicha morada syrup and soda served in a cacao pod (pictured). There's good ceviche, too - classic Lima style, with discs of sweet potato, white corn and onion in the mix - and tacos that arrive on colourfully painted bamboo holders in meat and vego versions (a kale taco was underwhelming; the pork belly was much more sprightly). Also good is a jerk-spiced chicken, nicely juicy with signature Wilson spicing that lets you feel the heat without being overwhelmed by it. The room, with its timber floors, high ceilings, strings of lights and indoor plants, is raucously noisy but the din suits the fun-time Cuba-meets-Peru-meets-Mexico mood and the sharp authenticity of the flavours.


Lady Carolina, 175-177 Lygon St, Brunswick East, Vic. Open Tue-Thu 6pm-late, Fri-Sun noon-4.30pm, 5.45pm-late.

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