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Farro recipes

Farro can be used in almost any dish, from a robust salad to accompany hearty beer-glazed beef short ribs to a new take on risotto with mushrooms, leek and parmesan. Here are 14 ways with this versatile grain.

Aløft

There's nothing new about Nordic interiors - blond timbers, concrete surfaces, warm, mid-century charm without the twee - and thank heavens for that. It's a style that augments the beauty of everything around it, in this case, gorgeous Hobart harbour, which makes up one whole wall. What is new here, however, is the food - by veterans of Garagistes, which once dazzled diners down the road, Vue de Monde in Melbourne and Gordon Ramsay worldwide. There's a strong Asian bent, but with Tasmanian ingredients. In fact, the kitchen's love of the local verges on obsessive - coconut milk in an aromatic fish curry is replaced with Tasmanian-grown fig leaf simmered in cream to mimic the flavour. Other standouts include a gutsy red-braised lamb with gai lan and chewy cassia spaetzle, pigs' ears zingy with Sichuan pepper and a fresh, springy berry dessert. While the food is sourced locally, the generous wine list spans the planet. 

Secret Tuscany

A far cry from Tuscany’s familiar gently rolling hills, Monte Argentario’s appealing mix of mountain, ocean, island and lagoon makes it one of Italy’s hidden treasures, writes Emiko Davies.

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Grilled apricot salad with jamon and Manchego

Here we've scorched apricots on the grill and served them with torn jamon, shaved Manchego and peppery rocket leaves. Think of it as a twist on the good old melon-prosciutto routine. The mixture would also be great served on charred sourdough.

O Tama Carey's fried eggs with seeni sambol, coconut and turmeric

"I first cooked a version of this dish - inspired by the excellent deep-fried egg dish at Billy Kwong - while working at a restaurant in Sri Lanka," says O Tama Carey. "The lattice-like eggs are doused in a creamy turmeric curry sauce and topped with seeni sambol, a sweet-spiced caramelised onion relish. This dish is equally perfect for an indulgent breakfast as it is served as part of a larger meal." The recipe for the seeni sambol makes more than you need, but to get the right balance of spices you need to make at least this much. It keeps refrigerated for up to three weeks; use as an onion relish. The curry sauce can be made a day or two ahead.

Local knowledge: Florence

I grew up in Florence and still live here, though I spent years at school in England and university in New York. I commute almost every day between the city and Il Borro, the beautiful Tuscan estate where we've restored the village, make wine and run a guest retreat, about 50 kilometres south-west of Florence.

My favourite work of art at the moment is the 16th-century Fountain of Neptune by Bartolomeo Ammannati, called Biancone by Florentines for the incredible whiteness of the marble. [The Ferragamo family recently announced a donation of $2.24 million to restore the fountain.]

One of the most amazing spots in the city is the Corridoio Vasariano, or Vasari Corridor, which connects the Uffizi Gallery to Palazzo Pitti, crossing the Arno River. You need special authorisation to visit - it's amazing by night. And I also love the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, in particular his enormous mechanical wings.

My favourite wine bar is Cantinetta Antinori, a beautiful example of Florentine architecture of the mid-15th century. I feel at home here - the Antinori family has been close to mine for generations.

For business lunches, and with friends, I love our Il Borro Tuscan Bistro, on the Arno. I'm a fan of the beef tartare and broad-bean risotto.

For shoes, my grandfather's creations were so prolific and amazing, it's impossible to remember all the pieces in the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum. Don't miss the "invisible sandals", made with fishing wire.

On weekends I love taking my wife Tini and our three children to Il Borro, where we see my father, Ferruccio, my twin brother, James, my sisters and their families. This is where we play soccer and polo, and celebrate special occasions. James and I have a themed birthday party here every year with friends from all over the world.

My favourite experience at Il Borro is making wine. We're really excited about our "classic method" rosé, Bolle di Borro, released a few months ago and something completely new for Tuscany.

Named after his grandfather, shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo, Ferragamo is a member of the family-owned Ferragamo luxury group, and CEO of Il Borro. ilborro.com

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