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Chilled recipes for summer

When the mercury is rising, step away from the oven. These recipes are either raw, chilled or frozen and will cool you down in a snap.

Shark Bay Wild Scampi Caviar

Bright blue scampi roe is popping up on menus across Australia. Here's why it's so special.

Decadent chocolate dessert recipes for Christmas

13 of our most decadent chocolate recipes to indulge guests with this Christmas.

What the GT team is cooking on Christmas Day

We don't do things by halves in the Gourmet office. These are the recipes we'll be cooking on the big day.

Sydney's best dishes 2016

For our 50th anniversary issue in 2016, we scoured Australia asking two questions: What dishes are making waves right now? What flavours will take us into the next half-century? Sydney provided 16 answers.

Mango recipes

Nothing says summer like mangoes. Go beyond the criss-cross cuts - bake a mango-filled meringue loaf with lime mascarpone, start off the day with a sweet coconut quinoa pudding with sticky mango, or toss it through a spicy warm weather Thai salad.

Paul Carmichael's great cake

"Great cake, also known in Barbados as black cake or rum cake, is a variation of British Christmas cake that's smashed with rum and falernum syrup," says Momofuku Seiobo chef Paul Carmichael. "This festive cake varies from household to household but they all have two things in common: tons of dried fruit and rum. It's a cake that should be started at least a month out so the fruit can marinate in the booze. Start this recipe up to five weeks ahead to macerate the fruit and baste the cake."

Summer feta recipes

Whether in a fresh salad or seasonal seafood dish, feta's creamy tang can be used to add interest to a variety of summer dishes.

Drinks for Dry July at PS40

We head down to Sydney bar PS40 for some tips (and recipes) for dialing back the booze while still quenching your thirst this Dry July.

If you're taking a break from the booze this time of year, there's no need to survive on lemon, lime and bitters alone. Ask (with confidence!), and your bartender won't hesitate to mix you up something on the softer side, but there is a bit of technique involved in creating a truly interesting non-alcoholic cocktail.

"The key to a truly great a non-alcoholic cocktail lies in balance," says co-owner of Sydney soda and cocktail bar PS40, Michael Chiem, who supplies a range of hand-crafted sodas to restaurants and bars such as Firedoor, Archie Rose distillery and Bennelong.

"There should be a sweet/sour/bitter and sometimes salty balance," says Chiem. "Though alcohol is not always necessary, it is a handy carrier of flavour." So, when it comes to skipping the hard stuff, it's worth spending time thinking about layering flavours and using the best ingredients you can find, as you would any regular cocktail.

Here, Chiem and partner Thor Bergquist show us how to mix up a couple of their best non-alcoholic drinks for dry July. Drink up.

PS40, shop 2, 40 King St, Sydney, NSW, ps-soda.com; Mon-Sat 4pm-midnight.

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