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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

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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.

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.

Just the tonic

There's no shortage of options at the bar for gin - but what about the tonic?

In the beginning, there was the gin revolution, and then fancy gins begat ultra-premium vodkas. Then came newfound interest in bitters, and smaller-batch vermouths. Tonics are now the latest thing under the microscope. There are a couple of alternatives to the big brands on the market (the excellent Quina Fina from New Zealand among them), but for even finer control, there are tonic syrups. Only Bitters, a Melbourne-based online store, now stocks quite a number of these syrups. The routine is simple, says Only Bitters founder John Dimitropoulos: one part tonic syrup, two parts gin (or vodka), to three parts soda. "What we really love is that they allow for total flavour control and cater for tastes from very bitter to quite sweet." From left: C&B's Old Fashioned Quinine ($14.95/240ml), Tomr's Tonic ($14.95/200ml), El Guapo Tonic Syrup ($29.95/750ml), 5 by 5 Tonic Syrup ($17.95/237ml), John's Premium Tonic Syrup ($14.95/$118ml), Liber & Co Spiced Tonic Syrup ($16.95/237ml), C&B's Old Fashioned Quinine (120ml; only available in 240ml), Jack Rudy Cocktail Co Small Batch Tonic ($19.95/503ml), Bradley's Kina Tonic Syrup ($15.95/237ml). 

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