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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.

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.

World's Best Chefs Talks

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

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."

First look: Bam Bam Bakehouse, Mermaid Beach

Two poached eggs, ham off the bone, tarragon hollandaise, toasted croissant

Two poached eggs, ham off the bone, tarragon hollandaise, toasted croissant

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now: Bam Bam Bakehouse, Mermaid Beach.

So the name says it's a bakehouse and there's a glassed-in pastry kitchen, but there's more than buttery croissants, cream-filled choux bombs and Breton tarts crossing the marble-topped counters here. Bam Bam is a double-threat - a clever mix of bistro-café with an in-house pâtisserie. It's a fitting follow-up to Paddock Bakery, Ursula and Ben Watts' first outing, a hip café-bakery hybrid in Miami and supplier of Bam Bam's excellent breads. The feel is different here, the fit-out nicely detailed with raw brick, handsome oversized beaten copper light shades, pressed-metal features, polished concrete and an abundance of flowers. The entire dining area opens onto Mermaid Park and there's a clutch of candy-striped deckchairs out front for takeaways. A recycled timber table on the shaded terrace is a sweet post-beach spot to delve into the likes of the beef dip, a classic brioche roll stuffed full of smoky brisket, melted provolone and caramelised onion with a pot of jus for dipping. Or maybe a crusty roll, spread with cultured butter and filled with local prawns, lettuce and thousand-island dressing. Things kick off early at Bam Bam, so if you manage a sunrise surf over the holidays, pop in and grab a two-egg nasi goreng with a punchy chilli sambal and maybe some chicken sate on the side; or perhaps a chicken parm and chips - all served from 6.30am.

Bam Bam Bakehouse, 2519 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach, Qld (no phone). Open daily 6.30am-3pm.

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