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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.

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.

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."

Most popular recipes summer 2017

Counting down from 20, here are this summer's most-loved recipes.

Top Australian chefs to follow on Instagram in 2017

A lot has changed since we first published our pick of the best chefs to follow on Instagram (way back in the dark ages of 2013). Here’s who we’re double-tapping on the photo-sharing app right now.

Christine Manfield recipes

As the '90s dawned, darling chefs were pushing the boundaries of cooking in this country. A young Christine Manfield, just starting out at this heady time, soon became part of the generation that redefined modern Australian cuisine. She shares some of her timeless signatures from the era.

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.

Sleep in a Grampians olive grove this autumn

Under Sky are popping up with a luxe camping hotel experience at Mount Zero Olives this April.

Back to the 1980s at Bennelong

Bennelong restaurant, 1985

Bennelong restaurant, 1985

Crimson carpets cover the floor and walls. Mahogany leather couches, ferns and street-style lamps line the restaurant. Where are you? A Paris bistro? Hogwarts? No. This is Bennelong circa 1985.

This photo of Bennelong 30 years ago is part of a curated online collection put together by the Sydney Opera House in collaboration with the Google Cultural Institute. The collection documents the Opera House's life since its opening in October 1973 and features over a thousand vintage and modern artefacts, such as architectural drawings, interviews, photography and a 360-degree Opera House experience (an immersive short film taking you through the building from dawn to dusk).

One of the 50 exhibits that make up the collection is Food as Culture, which follows the Opera House's edible history. As well as vintage photography of Bennelong restaurant, the exhibit includes video footage of presentations by chefs such as Yotam Ottolenghi and Nigella Lawson, plus original menus.

A catering menu from a 1976 brochure entitled "Convention Centre of the Century" proffers options ranging from $1.50 - $4.75 per person, with dishes such as oyster and chicken vol au vents, "party titbits" (cubed cheese and olives) and prunes and bacon. Or, if you wanted to splash out at $7.50 a head there was a buffet option including Tasmanian scallops au whisky.

The collection was curated by creative director and writer Sam Doust. "The Opera House has become an extraordinary focal point of Australia's cultural history," Doust explains. "No other institution produces so much creative power."

Doust sourced the artefacts from multiple locations, including the Opera House's own Wolanski Collections, the State Library and private collections, as well as photographs and animations that Doust himself created.

Doust explains how Bennelong restaurant is intertwined with the building's architectural history, as it's the only place where you can see the underside of the famous shells. Food has also gained a particular significance to the location, evolving into part of the culture, "the character of Bennelong Point is as much about food as it is about performance." 

See the whole  Food as Culture collection here.

 

 

 

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