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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.

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.

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."

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.

World's Best Chefs Talks

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

Is this the world's most expensive Christmas cracker?

Attention martini-lovers: Christmas crackers just got a whole lot cooler. Landmark London hotel The Connaught is launching its very own Martini-inspired cracker, replete with a tiny diver spearing an olive with a toothpick - a tribute to the work of miniature artists Christopher Boffoli, Slinkachu and Isaac Cordal.

But can you drink it? "The cracker itself is a limited-edition artwork for the recipient to keep," says Nathalie Seiler-Hayez, general manager of The Connaught, "it doesn't contain any gin."

It does, however, come with a gift certificate which will score you and three friends tailor-made Martinis at the bar. We'll take that over a paper crown any day.

Crackers are £250 (around $A420) and can be purchased by contacting crackers@the-connaught.co.uk.

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