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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."

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.

Tefal Reserve Collection launch

Guillaume Brahimi with Tefal's new range

Guillaume Brahimi with Tefal's new range

French pan pioneers Tefal have released a brand new line of non-stick cookware. The Reserve collection, which will be available from early October at Harvey Norman, is Tefal's most technologically advanced to date, with seven non-stick layers and a sheet of titanium for extra durability.

Chef Guillaume Brahimi, ambassador of the Tefal Heritage range and Reserve collection, launched the line this week at his new Sydney restaurant, Guillaume.

"In France, Tefal is so synonymous with non-sticking," he says, "when I was working at Robuchon in Paris 24 years ago, they used to say 'pass me the Tefal pan'."

The range comprises 26- and 30-centimetre frying pans, a grill pan, a sauté pan, a stir-fry pan and a stockpot - all of which come with Tefal's fêted "thermo spot" which turns red when the pan reaches its optimum searing point. And they look great, too, with a sleek modern Parisian-inspired look designed to fit seamlessly into the contemporary kitchen.

The food Brahimi demonstrated three of his favourite home recipes for the occasion, all cooked with the Reserve collection. His grilled asparagus and zucchini salad, punchy with green olives and preserved lemon, kicked things off, and was followed by pan-seared Saskia Beer chicken breast with lentils and speck. Classic îles flottantes, "floating islands" of poached meringue set on a crème anglaise and speckled with shards of praline, closed proceedings.

The drinks Perrier Jouët Grand Brut, 2011 Pierre Luneau-Papin Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie, and - our pick of the bunch - a 2010 Domaine Collotte Chambolle-Musigny.

We loved Judging by the awed hush at the tables during dessert, there's no arguing that the îles flottantes were an all-round favourite.

The Tefal Reserve collection is available at Harvey Norman from early October. tefal.com.au

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