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Recipes with peaches

Whether caramelised in a tarte Tartin, paired with slow-roasted pork on top of pizza or tossed through salads, this sweet stone fruit is an excellent addition to summer cooking.

Black Star Pastry to open in Carlton, Melbourne

Instagram’s most famous cake, plus a few other sweet hits, is heading south.

Knives and Ink chef tattoos

What is it about chefs and tattoos? A new book asks the inked to answer for themselves.

Ben Shewry's favourite souvlaki restaurant in Melbourne Kalimera Souvlaki Art

Attica’s chef isn’t happiest when eating soils or smears on his days off, it’s souvlaki. We follow him to his favourite spot.

Seabourn Encore luxury cruise ship

Australia is about to get its first glimpse of Seabourn Encore, a glamorous new addition to the Seabourn fleet.

Berry recipes

Whether it's raspberries paired with chocolate in a layer cake, or blueberries with lemon in a tart; berries are a welcome addition to any dessert. Here are delicious recipes with berries.

Coconut crab and green mango salad

"This salad bursts with fresh, vibrant flavours and became a signature on my Paramount menus," says Christine Manfield. "I capitalised on using green mangoes in many dishes as they became more widely available. Blue swimmer crabs from South Australia have the most delicious sweet meat. It's best to buy them whole, cook them yourself and carefully pick the meat from the shell - a tedious task but it gives the best flavour. This entree also works well with spanner crab meat (you can buy this in packs ready cooked from reliable fishmongers). The sweetness of the crab, the richness of the fresh coconut and the sourness of green mango make a wonderful partnership. It's all about harmony on the palate and using the very best produce."

Light and healthy recipes

With fresh ingredients and lots of spices, these light and healthy recipes are perfect for summer.

Taking the high way

Driving to Manjimup for this month's Truffle Kerfuffle (22 June)? You'll likely pass through Balingup and write it off as just another bucolic town along the South Western Highway. Don't.

Despite its triple-figure population, Balingup boasts a vibrant grass-roots food scene and at its core is Katrina Lane and her café-cum-deli, Taste of Balingup (shop 1, 63 South Western Hwy, 08 9764 1344).

In the short term, detour here for ace coffee and rocking sandwiches, but know that there's enough happening year-round in postcode 6253 to commend it as a standalone destination. April's annual small farm field day saw the town's headcount swell to 13,000, while February's Perth-chefs-meet-local-farmers dinner in the town hall was one for the ages. It all stems from a fierce determination to support primary producers.

"As a farmer's daughter, I saw plenty of difficult times in the '80s," says Lane. "I feel very strongly about wanting to keep farmers on the land. Things were subtle in the beginning but now I'm a bit more in your face." She's not kidding. Exhibit A: a poster in the dining room identifying all the growers within a hundred miles.

Balingup's main drag has other addresses of interest too, from the Aladdin's Cave of vintage kitchenwares at Rero Collectables, to Cambray Sheep Cheese's farm gate at the packing shed. The restorative properties of The Olde Shed Café's homemade sausages are nigh on mystical. For those looking for any more reason to visit, Mitch Mitchell's "Five of My Favourite Things" dinner on 29 June is as good an excuse for a road trip as any (contact Taste of Balingup for details).


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