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Because everything looks better in a jar.

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Peach and passionfruit pavlova pots

Hey, New Zealand, we'll concede that you guys invented pavlova if you'll concede that we made it famous, okay? You know, just like Russell Crowe.

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Peach cocktail (peach blini).

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White peach bellini cocktails

Here' s a simple, seasonal and refreshing idea to get your romantic night or summer party started.

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Adam Liaw's super-easy cold Kilpatrick oysters.

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How to prepare oysters Kilpatrick

The easiest-ever summer lunch party you can have is one where you can just pull everything out of the fridge and serve. They might not be in fashion these days but I love a Kilpatrick oyster. This chilled version gives them a lighter twist. Add a dash of vodka to the mix and it's nearly a Bloody Mary.

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Rachel Khoo's nutty no-bake ice-cream cake.

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Rachel Khoo's no-bake praline ice-cream cake

Oven broken or don't fancy getting a sweat on in the kitchen? You can whip up this delicious dessert with just a stove top and a freezer. This decadent ice-cream cake with a crunchy hazelnut praline rippled through it makes a crowd-pleasing finale.

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Neil Perry's delicious no-bake, tangy summer berry pudding.

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Tangy berry summer pudding

There is no simpler or more delicious dessert than a tangy summer pudding. And with all the wonderful berries in season, there is no better time to be making – and eating – it.

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Adam Liaw's peach and plum barbecue sauce.

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Peach and plum barbecue sauce recipe

With Christmas smack-bang in the middle of barbie season, there are few more perfect gifts than a home-made barbecue sauce made from summer stonefruit.

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Neil Perry's chicken, avocado and witlof salad with walnut vinaigrette.

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Chicken, avocado salad with walnut vinaigrette

This super-tasty salad is perfect for a summer afternoon – just add a crisp white wine and crusty bread. If you want to make it really simple, replace the poached chicken with a bought roast chook or cooked king prawns.

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Porteno's Christmas fruit salad (serve with champagne granita).

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Fruit salad with champagne granita

Start this recipe the day before serving. If you're time-poor, use tinned peaches. And if you're flush, use fancy champers.

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Neil Perry's pan-fried snapper with warm Sicilian salsa.

Sweet and sour crispy-skinned snapper

The best way to get fish skin nice and crispy is to scrape the skin with a sharp knife and pat dry with paper towel to help remove moisture. Placing a weight on it while frying helps to keep the skin in contact with the pan.

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Dan Lepard's spicy chestnut ginger Christmas biscuits.

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Spicy chestnut ginger biscuit recipe

It wouldn't be Christmas without ginger somewhere on the table. These bikkies are peppery hot with ginger. The chestnut flour adds an earthy background flavour, but if you don't have it, replace it with rye flour or wholemeal. 

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Porteno's Christmas recipe: Prawn and octopus salad with salsa golf.

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Christmas recipe: Porteno's prawn and octopus salad

We created this seafood dish for a mate’s 50th birthday earlier this year. It was such a hit that we’ll definitely be cooking it for Christmas. If you want to trick it up, replace the prawns with cooked lobster.

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Neil Perry's grilled pork skewers.

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Asian-style grilled pork skewers

Straightforward to prepare, these Asian-style pork skewers with dipping sauce are full of flavour and a great way to feed guests. Marinate the meat overnight for best results.

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Adam Liaw's garlic and anchovy beef skewers.

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Garlic and anchovy beef barbecue skewers

Adam Liaw: Slicing the steak thinly is the best way to ensure your skewers are tender and full of flavour. Intersperse the meat with little slices of the fat, which will render and keep the meat moist while it cooks.

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Adam Liaw's pasta salad: Smoked salmon and cornichons with yoghurt, sour cream and dill.

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Smoked salmon and cornichon pasta salad

I think great side dishes make or break a barbecue. You can't get away with just chopping up some lettuce, tomato and cucumber any more. Here's a simple side idea for a sophisticated warm-weather feast. Pasta salads should be more pasta than salad. Leave the spirals on the shelf and use an interesting pasta shape to give this dish a little more elegance.

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These delicate lobster sandwiches pair perfectly with Neil Perry's peach cocktails.

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49 perfect picnic recipes

It's spring, time to dust off the picnic basket, unfurl the checked blanket and don your daintiest hat. But what to eat? With our bumper picnic recipe collection the question is 'what can't you eat in the great outdoors?'

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Neil Perry's 'spring' pot au feu with poached chicken breast.

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Spring pot au feu

You can tweak this pot au feu by leaving out the parsley and chevril and topping it with a dollop of pesto, which really brings the broth to life. I also like a good grating of fresh parmesan over the bird as well.

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Neil Perry's homemade ricotta with smashed broad beans, peas and mint.

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Smahed broad beans with ricotta

Here's a truly smashing way of serving up seasonal vegies. You can cheat and use ready-made ricotta for this dish but once you've tasted it freshly made and still warm, you'll wonder why you ever bought it. 

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Neil Perry's blueberry tart with almond crust.

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30 spring recipes to cook right now

Not sure what to cook? Don't stress, throw some seasonal fruit and vegetables into your shopping trolley and you'll find plenty of recipes to match right here.

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Adam Liaw's almond milk panna cotta with blood oranges.

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Adam Liaw's almond milk panna cotta

An attractive glass or mould can give dramatic shape to a simple set dessert, and you don't need to spend a lot of time artfully placing ingredients and fussing over presentation. These are fantastic for a dinner party.

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