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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."

Macelleria, Sydney

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now: Macelleria, Sydney.

It's not hard to get a burger on Campbell Parade, but getting a good one (and we're not talking the McDonald's steamed-bun variety) is another feat entirely. Until now. Macelleria is a low-fuss, no-frills butcher, and steak and burger bar headed up by self-proclaimed meatologist Peter Zaidan. Previously of Bondi's fancier, terrazzo-floored La Macelleria, Zaidan has dropped the La (and di-da, so to speak), opting for a more casual, straight-off-the-beach vibe at the new digs. With around eight cooked-to-order burgers to choose from, the Mafioso, with Parmigiano, or the Vesuvio Pollo (crisp chicken schnitzel, tangy coleslaw and chilli sauce) are a good place to start, while the egg and bacon-amped Retro is the stuff food comas are made of. A hundred per cent grass-fed Cape Grim Angus beef patties and organic honey-sweetened buns balance old-school milk-bar satisfaction with a healthy dose of Bondiness. Burgers aside, you can also pick a steak and have it cooked to your liking - a 400-gram grain-fed "Iceberg" from Darling Downs, say - or grab a selection of skewers and salsicce to take home, with cooking tips from the butcher thrown in. Given the south-end locale and the price point (eat-in burgers starting at $9? Say what?) you might have to contend with some barefoot backpackers when you're looking for a table, but trust us, it'll be worth it. Ma-chell-er-ee-aaah.

Macelleria, shop 1.112-116, Campbell Pde, Bondi Beach, NSW, (02) 9300 6388 

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