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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.

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."

E'cco Bistro, Brisbane

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now: E'cco Bistro, Brisbane.

The Brisbane stalwart received a swift makeover last year, and now, with 27-year-old head chef Simon Palmer in the kitchen, it has a new menu to match the shiny Tom Dixon-style copper shades, monochrome palette and backlit mirrors. Octopus tentacle looks as good as it tastes when served with spicy muhammara, a nutty rye crumble, pomegranate seeds and walnut and potato foam. Crisp quail is subtly amped up with allspice, then paired with a vibrant kimchi custard and crowned with ribbons of heirloom carrot, mint, coriander and red chilli. Black-sugar-smoked brisket has its savoury richness tamed by pickles and an earthy radish-top purée. The fresh direction isn't likely to panic the horses (or upset loyal E'cco fans), but it represents the most profound change E'cco has made to its food in the last decade or so. Even pretty pink quenelles of beetroot and white chocolate mousse are politely funked up, a tart cassis gel and syrup of blueberries and marjoram boosting creaminess, while keeping the sweetness of accompanying meringues in check. A big tick, too, for a well-priced ($85) five-course tasting carte - and those separate vegetarian menus.

E'cco Bistro, 100 Boundary St, Brisbane, Qld, (07) 3831 8344. Open lunch Tue-Fri 12pm-3pm; dinner Tue-Sat 5.30pm-12am.

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