This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

The Tastiest Recipes Of 2021

Food

Lots of us were levelling up in the kitchen last year, whether out of boredom or necessity. And whether you’re SO done with cooking at home, or eager to test out some new skills over the summer break, these are our five most popular recipes of the past year, revisited!

We’re talking three types of savoury galettes, a layered lemon and raspberry cake and more. If that doesn’t taste like a holiday, we don’t know what does!

6th January, 2022

Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files

Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files

Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files

Julia’s Spinach And Feta Flatbreads

There is something about the combination of spinach, feta, and fried dough that hits all the right comfort food notes, without being too heavy.

In this recipe, inspired by a weekend snack ritual when shopping  at the farmer’s market, Julia Busuttil Nishimura creates the perfect pillowy pocket to stuff full of delicious fillings, especially for when those cravings hit – YUM!

Revisit the full recipe here.

Once the pastry is wrapped around the tomatoes, the crunchy crust forms a case around the abundant veggies and will contain all their juices. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

The secret to achieving the perfect buttery, golden crust? Butter! And a little bit of sour cream… Photo – Eve Wilsonfor The Design Files.

What a spread! Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Julia’s Perfect Savoury Galette – Three Ways

Why have pizza when you can have galette? Just ask the French… It’s all about the pastry!

Here, Julia Busuttil Nishimura gives us a mouthwatering recipe for her simple, easy-to-assemble savoury galettes, plus three different topping combinations mixing the best zesty seasonal vegetables with a flaky, buttery golden crust.

This recipe went NUTS when we first published it back in February!

Revisit the full recipe here.

Icing the layered cake with creme fraiche frosting. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Julia and sweet Yuki at home! Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

This epic cake is a real showstopper! Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Julia’s Epic Lemon & Raspberry Layer Cake

In the world of showstopping, special occasion desserts –  Julia‘s nostalgic tiered vanilla sponge takes the cake (sorry not sorry for that pun!) for dishes you can achieve at home.

With fresh raspberries, tart lemon curd and crème fraîche icing folded into layers of pillowy butter cake, this is what you make when it’s time to celebrate something special.

Read the full recipe here.

Rhubarb roasted with cardamom, orange, vanilla and sugar. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

This festive looking dessert is sure to bring the vibe! Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Hazelnut meringues ready to serve with roasted rhubarb and creme fraiche. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Julia’s Hazelnut Meringues With Roasted Rhubarb

‘One of my favourite things to make for dessert around this time are meringues,’ says Julia Busuttil Nishimura. ‘They are actually rather simple to make and can be all prepared in advance, which is perfect for entertaining. I love serving them on the table with a bowl of roasted fruit and whipped cream. People can then help themselves and pile on as much or as little as the cream and fruit as they want.’

Revisit the full recipe here.

Photo – courtesy of Clem Day.

Photo – courtesy of Clem Day.

Photo – courtesy of Clem Day.

Clem Day’s Brown Butter Vanilla Cake Filled With Chocolate Sour Cream Ganache And Boozy Blackberries

We had a few extra recipes from foodie / cook and newbie food publisher Clementine Day this year!

Clem is best known for her knockout, decadent cakes – and this one, a brown butter vanilla cake filled with chocolate ganache and boozy blackberries, and topped with flowers, truly looks as good as it tastes!

Revisit the full recipe here.

Similar Stories

Food

Julia's Summery Mango And Passionfruit Semifreddo

Summer festivities are upon us and as usual, Julia Busuttil Nishimura's got us covered!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Food

Julia's Miso Salmon Bowl With Udon Noodles And Crunchy Greens

The onset of winter and lockdown in Victoria means we're back in comfort food mode – and this warm miso salmon bowl with crunchy greens h...
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Food

Julia's Super Scrumptious Chocolate Hazelnut Buns

These delightful pillows of twisted, chocolate-y dough from Julia Busuttil Nishimura make the perfect Easter treat!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

This Week

News

New Melbourne Brand Saule Have Created The Dreamiest Robes, Just In Time For Summer

Local creative Sally Tabart has designed the ultimate robe for the home, beach and beyond – and it’s all made here in Melbourne!
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Floating House Entangled In Brush Box Trees On North Stradbroke Island

The tree canopy takes precedence over ocean views in this holiday home for three families, designed by Conrad Gargett architects.

Interiors

How To Turn Home Inspiration Into Reality, With Style Sourcebook

This free web-based mood board tool is the perfect place to refine your interior design vision. We show you how it's done!

Architecture

A Contemporary Brunswick Addition That Contorts Out Of Sight

A major Brunswick home extension by Lisa Breeze Architect takes its cues from the surrounding neighbourhood and its Edwardian facade.

Stays

Escape To This Magical Tiny Home In The Gold Coast Hinterlands

Step inside an adorable, off-grid getaway on a farm, with 'no distractions', limited phone reception and a wood-fired hot tub.
Christina Karras

Design Eye

Architect Luke Fry, On Modernising A Heritage Home

Architect Luke Fry shares his advice on sensitively balancing old and new, when modernising a heritage home!

News

The Melbourne Label Making Stylish Kids' Wetsuits That Grow On Trees

Fants make kids’ wetsuits from natural rubber that look good and do good.
Sponsored

Architecture

An Architect + Interior Designer’s Coastal Home, Grounded In Nature

This Sydney family home is like a private treehouse by the beach, with views at every turn, and unexpected interiors.
Christina Karras

Shopping

Say Hello To Your New Favourite Summer Shoes With This FRANKiE4 Giveaway!

Everything you need to know for your chance to win one of five pairs of shoes (of your choice!) from Australian label FRANKiE4!

News

See Ethiopian-Norwegian Artist Olana Janfa's Colourful, Debut Solo Show!

The Melbourne-based painter’s first solo show is opening tonight, exploring themes of language, race and status in his playful works.
Christina Karras

Gardens

A Sensitively Built Coastal Garden, Designed To Look ‘Untouched’

The Garden Social carefully designed a garden, built into waterfront sand dunes on NSW's South Coast, where the serene seascape beyond takes...
Christina Karras

Sustainable Homes

‘Future Ready’: Inside One Of Melbourne’s Newest Sustainable Developments

Mirvac are hoping to encourage sustainable living with their innovative 'future ready' display home in Melbourne's inner west.
Christina Karras
  23 hours ago

Homes

A Tiny Slice Of Japan Inside A Pink Darlinghurst Terrace

Ceramicist Laura Butler shares her 1890s Darlinghurst pink terrace, renovated by Trias in accordance with Japanese design principles.

Creative People

Meet The Small Melbourne Brand Reinventing The Humble Gumboot

From a humble farm in South Gippsland, Merry People has grown from a grassroots start-up, to a successful brand sold across the globe!
Christina Karras
  7 hours ago

Interiors

A 1915 Horse Stables Turned Family Home In The Adelaide Hills

SpaceCraft transformed a circa 1915 horse stable into a family’s elevated version of a traditional farmhouse in the Adelaide Hills.

Similar Stories

Food

Julia's Summery Mango And Passionfruit Semifreddo

Summer festivities are upon us and as usual, Julia Busuttil Nishimura's got us covered!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Food

Julia's Miso Salmon Bowl With Udon Noodles And Crunchy Greens

The onset of winter means we're back in comfort food mode – and this warm miso salmon bowl hits all the right notes!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Food

Julia's Super Scrumptious Chocolate Hazelnut Buns

These delightful pillows of twisted, chocolate-y dough from Julia Busuttil Nishimura make the perfect Easter treat!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

The Design Files acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers, and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files. Please email bea@thedesignfiles.net