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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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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."

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.

Country Road café and concept store, Sorrento

Country Road Sorrento

Country Road Sorrento

Is 40 the new 30? If fashion and homewares powerhouse Country Road is anything to go by, the answer is yes. The company celebrates its 41st anniversary this year, and the opening of its shiny new concept store and café in the seaside town of Sorrento suggests that slowing down isn't part of the plan.

Country Road managing director Sophie Holt says the move is "a natural progression for the brand" as it puts further emphasis on the lifestyle side of the business and opens more outlets in what she calls resort locations.

The Sorrento store, which features the company's full men's, women's, children's and home collections, is housed in the town's old post office - a rustic red-brick building built back in 1905.

The adjoining café, Post 3943, is operated by local organic specialists The Sisters, and offers a bright menu spanning the likes of corn fritters with avocado and feta for breakfast, lunch basics such as daily changing salads, baguettes, soups and savoury tarts, plus cakes and coffee. There's an emphasis on locally sourced produce, some of which is even hand-picked from the gardens surrounding the store.

"Combining the café with retail in the one space is a new and very exciting concept for Country Road," says Holt. And it's something the company hopes to expand on in the future.

"[It] provides our customers with that true lifestyle experience of being able to both shop and relax with friends over a coffee," she says. "Judging from our opening weekend, it's something they're really enjoying."

Country Road Sorrento, 10-16 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento, Vic, (03) 5984 0674

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