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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.

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.

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.

Wine time at Sorry Thanks I Love You

Caroline Ball and Seb Crowther

Caroline Ball and Seb Crowther

If you've wanted to say sorry, thanks or "I love you", online retailer Sorry Thanks I Love You has had all your designer axe, bespoke pet accessory and luxe satchel needs covered. Now, in a natural progression in the apology/gratitude/romance stakes, they've moved into wine, and they've got one of the best sommeliers in the country on board to help them out.

Launched over drinks at the Martin Place pop-up store in Sydney last night, the brand's foray into the world of the grape is led by none other than Sebastian Crowther, Master of Wine, and sommelier at Rockpool.

"We needed help, and a friend said he was friends with a Master of Wine and mentioned that there were only two other MWs in the country, so that sounded pretty good to us," says co-founder Ant White.

Fellow co-founder Caroline Ball says the brief to Crowther was to take the same approach Sorry Thanks I Love You takes to the rest of the collection.

"So my focus is on high quality, unique wines with a handmade element and an interesting story to tell," says Crowther.

As often as not, Ball says, that translates to wines being made by young, progressive wine makers working from very small vineyards. "Sylvie Ruffin, for example, only has three hectares of vines but her family has been making organic Champagne since the 1970s." Victoria's Crawford River, a favourite for Crowther since his days running the list at The Royal Mail Hotel, also features in the first line-up.

"They were the first in the Western Districts to plant vines, and so have really been experimenting from the get-go," says Ball. "They planted cabernet franc and merlot alongside their now-famous riesling, and are now producing what Seb reckons is one of the most underrated reds in the country."

It might be a thank-you or I-love-you occasion, but Crowther's picks will leave you with nothing to be sorry about. Hop onto sorrythanksiloveyou.com or bop down to Martin Place (or the new Melbourne pop-up, opening in Hawksburn on May 9) for your taste.

Sorry Thanks I Love You, Shop 2, Ground Floor, GPO Building, 1 Martin Pl, Sydney, NSW. 

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