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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.

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.

Shark Bay Wild Scampi Caviar

Bright blue scampi roe is popping up on menus across Australia. Here's why it's so special.

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.

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.

Sydney's best dishes 2016

For our 50th anniversary issue in 2016, we scoured Australia asking two questions: What dishes are making waves right now? What flavours will take us into the next half-century? Sydney provided 16 answers.

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."

Decadent chocolate dessert recipes for Christmas

13 of our most decadent chocolate recipes to indulge guests with this Christmas.

Anna Karina ceramics

A gentle approach and an eye to nature for inspiration make for quietly captivating pieces.

Eleven years ago, after a busy time working in fashion and interiors, Anna-Karina Elias moved from Sydney to Byron Bay for a simpler life and opened a bookshop. She then, luckily for us, studied ceramics at art school. These days, Elias is in her Bangalow studio making beautifully simple tableware that's sophisticated and gentle, but never dull. Her pieces whisper rather than shout, and your kitchen and table will appreciate the approach.

Why the change from books to pottery?
I fell in love with a tea bowl made in Korea in the Bun-cheong period; it had an honesty about it. I thought, in between all the chaos of my life, I'm going to learn to make a bowl myself. I've been doing it every day now, for six years.

You use found objects in your work. Is that a big part of your process?
I want to present glazing in a very natural way. At the moment I'm casting a shelf mushroom and making porcelain bowls out of it. One of my oak trees died, so I made a glaze; it has this beautiful amber speck that comes out and every time I put it on a different clay body, it takes on a different hue. Anna Karina ceramics are sold at Bloodorange, 35 Elizabeth Bay Rd, Elizabeth Bay, NSW, (02) 9357 2424.

Clockwise from back left: stoneware medium pouring bowl with white-ash glaze, $50; dark stoneware small pouring bowl with oak-ash glaze, $45; stoneware carafe with amber-fleck white glaze, $160; small stoneware carafe with amber-fleck white oak-ash glaze, $130; two dark stoneware pourers with oak-ash glaze $110; (from bottom of stack) medium stoneware plate with coconut glaze, $45; stoneware side plate with white glaze, $45; three stoneware bowls with green-sage glaze, $40 each; spoon with white-zinc glaze, $20; salt dish with coconut glaze, $24; stoneware side plates (under grapes) with amber-fleck khaki glaze, $37 each. All other props stylist's own.

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