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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."

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

Grease Monkey, Canberra

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now: Grease Monkey, Canberra.

With craft-beer venues aplenty and the aroma of smoked meat drifting down Lonsdale Street, there are ample reasons to think of Braddon as the Brooklyn of the national capital. Now new arrival Grease Monkey has joined the action. Owner Socrates Kochinos waited eight months on the arrival of a custom-made 12-metre pewter bar from across the Williamsburg Bridge. With the bar now firmly in place, and the shutters of the old mechanics' workshop up, his modern-day grease monkeys have traded oil changes for flipping some damn fine juicy burgers and sending out excellent fried chicken. With Young Henry's real ale on tap, and Stone and Wood's Pacific Ale held in a restored wooden ice chest, this is no cookie-cutter venture. There's little room for health consciousness, meanwhile, with a sweets list featuring the likes of doughy house-made jam doughnuts, ice-cream sandwiches and maple and bacon milkshakes. We'll see you there.

Grease Monkey, 19 Lonsdale St, Braddon, 11am till late Monday to Friday; 10am till late Saturday and Sunday

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