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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.

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.

Dark chocolate delice, salted-caramel ganache and chocolate sorbet

"The delice from Source Dining is a winner. May I have the recipe?" Rebecca Ward, Fitzroy, Vic REQUEST A RECIPE To request a recipe, email fareexchange@bauer-media.com.au or send us a message via Facebook. Please include the restaurant's name and address, as well as your name and address. Please note that because of the volume of requests we receive, we can only publish a selection in the magazine.

Koh Loy Sriracha Sauce, David Thompson's favourite hot sauce

When the master of Thai food pinpoints anything as his favourite, we sit up and listen.

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."

Gifts under $100 at our pop-up Christmas Boutique

Whether it's a hand-thrown pasta bowl, a bottle of vodka made from sheep's whey or a completely stylish denim apron, our pop-up Christmas Boutique in collaboration with gift shop Sorry Thanks I Love You has got you covered in the $100 and under budget this Christmas.

Vegetarian canape recipes

If you're skipping meat at your next party, try these fast and fresh vegetarian canape recipes.

Top Drops: July 2016

Numbered from left to right, down the image.

 

1. SUPER SAKE

Miyako-Bijin "White Label" Junmai Yamahai, Awaji-shima, Japan, $75

After importing and wholesaling for years, Black Market Sake are now retailing through their website, making it easier to get hold of stunning drinks like this: aromas of radish and apple, slinky texture, deep and complex umami-rich finish.

Imported by blackmarketsake.com

 

2. SINEWY SYRAH

2012 Cobaw Ridge Syrah, Macedon Ranges, Vic, $50

If you like medium-bodied, intensely flavoursome shiraz grown in cool, high-altitude vineyards, try this beauty: subtle but seductive scents of pepper and dark humus lead to a sinewy mouthful of glossy blackberries and powdery tannin.

cobawridge.com.au

 

3. TONGUE HUGGER

2012 Celler Escoda-Sanahuja, Nas del Gegant, Conca de Barbera, Spain, $41.95

This bold Spanish red sits at the far end of "natural wine" production - biodynamic farming, no additions - but, thanks to its sturdy tannic backbone, tastes bold and youthful: superbly rich purple fruit, meaty, earthy, glorious.

Imported by apostrophewine.com.au

 

4. RICH WHITE

2014 Rutherglen Estates Renaissance VRM, Rutherglen, Vic, $32

The more blends of viognier, roussanne and marsanne I taste, the more I think how well-suited these grapes are to warm-climate regions like Rutherglen: this wine is ripe, complex and generously proportioned, but long and savoury, too.

rutherglenestates.com.au

 

5. COUNTRY WINE

2014 Pyramid Valley Howell Cabernet Franc, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, $54

Slice some chunky terrine and crusty baguette and pour yourself a glass of this deliciously rustic, medium-bodied red with its wild hedgerow berries and touch of earthy funk. You might still find the 2013 around the traps: it's also superb.

Imported by imbibo.com.au

 

6. BONZA VINO

2015 Giovanni Armani Giorgio Bianco Superiore, SA, $25

Love the fake cheesy Italian name; love the daggy, early-'90s computer design (check out the website for a giggle); love the mouthful of melon-pulpy deliciousness delivered by garganega and sauvignon blanc grapes. Bravo!

gag.pizza

 

7. MID-LIFE TINNIE

Pirate Life Throwback IPA, Adelaide, SA, $5

Brewing mid-strength (3.5 per cent alcohol) beer without sacrificing flavour is a challenge, but the Pirates have risen handsomely to the call: there's loads of fragrant hoppy goodness and refreshing bitterness in this lovely little tinnie.

piratelife.com.au

 

8. SPANISH BOTANIC

Cillar de Silos Golfo Vermut, Ribera del Duero, Spain, $75

This fabulous vermouth comes from one of my favourite producers of red wine in Ribera del Duero. At its heart is a base of super-rich tempranillo grapes, over which are draped layers of dark, swirling botanical complexity.

Imported by thespanishacquisition.com

 

9. NEW NERO

2015 Eldorado Road Luminoso Rosé, North-East Victoria, $25

This terrifically dry, spicy and satisfying rosé is made from the black nero d'Avola grape variety, originally from Sicily, but now thriving in Australia's warmer regions. Eldorado Road also makes a bold, slurpy $35 red from the same grapes.

eldoradoroad.com.au

 

10. TOP PET NAT

2014 Brave New Wine Little Sister Pet Nat, Mount Barker, WA, $28

This little beauty from WA is one of the best Australian pet nats - naturally sparkling wines that finish fermentation in the bottle - I've tasted: it's full of juicy little red berries, cascading and snapping and popping across your tongue.

bravenewwine.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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