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delicious April 2021

delicious. magazine celebrates good food and the people who produce it, from renowned international chefs and food-lovers around Australia. Inside each issue you’ll find achievable recipes that work every time, plus inspiration for foodie travel.

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6 Issues

in this issue

9 min
national treasures

CROWN SYDNEY Sydneysiders have been watching Crown Sydney emerge from the Barangaroo end of the city for the past four years, so when it finally opened its doors in December, expectations were almost as high as the building. At just shy of 273 metres tall, with 349 hotel rooms and no less than 14 restaurants, it has been a huge undertaking and – thankfully – one that does not disappoint. “WOODCUT IS A WONDERFUL PLACE TO HAVE A LONG LUNCH OF EXPERTLY CURATED DISHES.” Everything has been considered, from the warm welcome in the opulent lobby, to the keycard-access lift that takes you directly to your floor. The rooms range from deluxe to suites, and you can select the view you’d like, with the Harbour Bridge and Opera House high on the wishlist. The…

16 min
baker’s delight

I AM A DESSERT PERSON. I like cakes and cookies and pies and believe that no meal is complete without something sweet at the end. When a server asks me if I saved room for dessert, the answer is always “yes.” Whipped cream is my favourite food of all time. Identifying as a dessert person isn’t just about a love of baking and pastry and all things sweet. To me, it’s an attitude; it’s about embracing cooking and eating as fundamental sources of pleasure. This is a book about baking – most of it sweet, some of it savoury – but, more broadly, it argues in favour of an approach to food that is celebratory, abundant, and at times a tad luxurious. It is filled with practical recipes for the home baker,…

3 min
insider news

@erinastarkey TABLETALK 1 Melburnians can now take a tour of the Gippsland region without leaving the CBD. Slotting into 80 Collins Street, Farmer’s Daughters (above) brings the bush to the block, with a smorgasbord of produce sourced from Victoria’s South East. Start your journey with the Baw Baw Alpine trout with mountain pepper cream, followed by the O’Connor grass-fed striploin cooked in the kitchen’s campfire oven. As for scenery, soft green and grey interiors step in for the rolling hills. 2 Long live the Republic of Fremantle. Perth’s new urban distillery produces a range of innovative small-batch spirits made from grapes sourced from local vineyards. Sip the range in a tasting flight at the distillery bar or sample the riesling-based Aromatic Gin in a martini, garnished with Geraldton wax and citrus mist. The…

2 min
the sweet spot

Merrick: Maple syrup – love the stuff. Mike: Autumnal flavours. My mind wanders to fruit spirits and liqueurs, but not the Vok range where every single flavour looks like it’s plugged into a wall socket and full of electricity and regret. Merrick: So much regret. Mike: But really good apple or pear brandies are well matched to this dish. I also love the idea of concocting a cocktail with a poached and spiced ingredient, like a pear or something. You know when you go to a bar with really cool bartenders who do the bottle tossing and all that flamboyant stuff? And sometimes they set the drink on fire then decant it from one vessel to another? Those blazed cocktails are particularly nice in autumn because they use things like cinnamon and other aromatic…

1 min
travel news

SEE THE LIGHT Oenophiles, rejoice! The Barossa Valley’s newest tasting room and luxury accommodation (main and inset) is now open. Alkina – an Indigenous name meaning ‘moonlight’ – is an organic, biodynamic winery set on a 148-acre farm, with vines dating back to the 1950s. The picturesque vineyard boasts micro-terroir wines, exquisite golden-hour light and sweeping valley views. alkinawine.com HAPPY TRAILS We’re calling it: ‘tramping’ is the new glamping. Mitchelton Estate winery in Nagambie, Victoria, is now home to a new set of seven vintage-style Airstream RVs. Guests of the Mitchelton Airstream Hotel have full access to the entire estate, including the day spa, pool and gym.mitcheltonairstreamhotel.com.au JUST DESERTS Israel’s ancient Negev Desert will soon be home to the latest Six Senses Resort. Nestled in the Cliffside where magical sunsets melt into the dunes below,…

4 min
let there be light

“Are we there yet?” It’s a phrase I’ve heard more frequently this year than any since my childhood. I’ve even completed more successful road trips than I have homemade sourdough loaves. The nostalgic era of slow travel has returned, and with it, a discovery of places within our own backyard and gems closer to home. For me, one such find is Gerringong on the New South Wales South Coast, just under two hours south of Sydney. “WE GLIDE DOWN THE HIGHWAY OVER HILLS THAT SLOPE DOWN TO GLORIOUS BEACHES.” The drive is easy, and picturesque if you take the famous Seacliff Bridge, suspended over the ocean along the award-winning Grand Pacific Drive. Stop to spot the migrating whales if you have the time. We pass Wollongong, and pop into Kiama, the coastal town…