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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.

Taming the Wilderness

Heading to Canada’s far-flung places means a whole lot of adventure with life’s luxuries on the side.

Cooking breakfast like a chef

Direct from our Fare Exchange column and recipe vault, we've picked the best breakfast recipes from chefs cooking around Australia. From croque-monsieur to Paris Brest, you won't find poached eggs on toast here. All of the dishes are the perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee.

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."

Top drops: August

From an extra hoppy IPA to a nicely bitter Australian vermouth, these are the drops that are getting us through that final winter month.

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1. NEW HUNTER

2015 Domaine de Binet Pinot Grigio, Hunter Valley, NSW, $28

This is made in a "ramato" style, which means the pinot grigio grapes spend some time on skins to give the wine a bronze tint. I also really like the bold flavours of the 2014 Domaine de Binet Petit Verdot ($28).

domainedebinet.com.au

2. JUICY PINOT

2014 Sailor Seeks Horse Pinot Noir, Huon Valley, Tas, $48

The Huon Valley, south-west of Hobart, is about as marginal as it gets for cool-climate viticulture, but on a good site in a good year pinot noir seems to love it here: this has the most gorgeous succulent dark cherry fruit. Seductive stuff.

sailorseekshorse.com.au

3. GORGEOUS GRENACHE

2014 Eperosa Stonegarden Grenache, Eden Valley, SA, $80

You can still find lots of big, thick grenaches in the Barossa, but they're being eclipsed by a new wave of prettier, sprightlier, more elegant expressions of the grape. This one, made from very old vines, is a terrific example of the new style.

eperosa.com.au

4. OLD FAITHFUL

2013 Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon, Nagambie Lakes, Vic, $21

If you like traditional Aussie reds - by which I mean earthy, well-priced, darkly ferruginous wines that age well for years - buy a case of this superb example. And a case of the also-great 2013 Tahbilk Shiraz (also $21-ish).

tahbilk.com.au

5. SERIOUS WHITE

2015 LAS Vino Chardonnay, Margaret River, WA, $65

Many of the wines in the LAS Vino range are on the alternative side (eg a creamy "albino" pinot, and a robust mashup of Portuguese red grapes called Pirate Blend) but this is classic chardonnay: complex, textural, satisfying.

lasvino.com

6. CELLAR-WARRA

2014 Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, SA, $27

At a recent tasting of Bowen Estate reds going back to the first vintage in 1975, I was struck by how well the cabernet ages. I reckon this dark, violetty, firm young wine will mature every bit as well as the great 2006, 1996 and 1980 vintages.
bowenestate.com.au

7. GREEK CLASSIC

2012 Kir Yianni Kali Riza, Amyndeon, Greece, $35

I love the Greek xinomavro grape, with its deep well of perfumed forest fruit and super-savoury tannic rasp; I love how it goes so well with grilled lamb. This is a particularly fine, well-balanced and charming example from a top producer.
Imported by douglaslambwines.com.au

8. HOP HEAVEN

Wolf of the Willows XPA, Cheltenham, Vic, $6 for 330ml

The "X" in the name means "extra" - more hops than you'd find in a regular IPA - but the beer is also extra-pale in colour and body. So, despite the "X" factor of all that perfumed hoppiness, it's beautifully balanced and eminently drinkable.
wolfofthewillows.com.au

9. BITTER SWEET

Margan Off-Dry Vermouth, Hunter Valley, NSW, $50

An excellent new addition to Australia's small but growing list of locally made vermouths. This nicely bitter, wonderfully fragrant version is based on sémillon, infused with two dozen or so botanicals, most of which are estate-grown.
margan.com.au

10. RED ELEGANCE

2012 Golden Ball Gallice,Beechworth, Vic, $55

Regular readers know my penchant for classic "clarets": elegant, mediumbodied, firm and grippy cabernet blends. Well, here's another one, an absolute cracker from Beechworth: fine, intense, blackcurranty, multilayered, long. Lovely.
goldenball.com.au

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