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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."

GT Sri Lanka and Mekong River Tour

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Two remarkable journeys and a raft of destinations await when luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent and Gourmet Traveller team up to present special small-group tours to Sri Lanka and the Mekong River next year.

Chef and author Christine Manfield hosts the Gourmet Traveller Siem Reap to Saigon by A&K cruise departing 12 October 2017. She will host culinary events, including a visit to a produce market and cooking demonstration, and design on-board menus, highlighting the heritage of the delta's cuisines, and reflecting her favourite flavours and techniques.
The nine-day tour starts in Cambodia's gateway to the temples, Siem Reap, and ends in Vietnam's bustling Ho Chi Minh City. Along the way guests can explore villages by foot or bicycle and aboard sampans, spot wildlife, meet artisans and mingle with locals in markets and floating villages. A maximum of 28 guests ensures an intimate experience.

The 14-day Gourmet Traveller Sri Lanka by A&K tour has two departures next year: 15 March and 2 October, taking in the island's extraordinary natural beauty, ancient sights and complex cuisine.

As well as having local expert guides at hand, the first tour will be hosted by Gourmet Traveller travel editor Helen Anderson, who has charted the revival of the nation's tourism industry since the end of the civil war in 2009. "On my first visit I fell in love with the island's extraordinary beauty and diversity, but also with the remarkable energy of its residents and the resilience of their culture," says Anderson, who has returned to the island several times. "The mix of old and new is addictive," she says, "and so are egg hoppers and a cup of fine Ceylon tea for breakfast."

From Colombo, the Sri Lankan tour, with a maximum of 24 guests, heads to the island's Cultural Triangle, a collection of World Heritage temples, fortresses and cities. Among them are the clifftop citadel of Sigiriya and the caves of Dambulla, both known for ancient frescoes. Visit the lively city of Kandy and its Temple of the Tooth, take a train into the tea estates of the central highlands, a game drive through an elephant corridor in Minneriya National Park, and explorations of Galle's old fort and Colombo's colonial-era quarter.

Expect lessons in cooking kiribath, or milk rice, a visit to a local family to try homemade specialties, and chefs' cooking classes covering traditional kottu roti, egg hoppers and curries.

Gourmet Traveller Siem Reap to Saigon by A&K with Christine Manfield
12-20 October 2017.
Twin share per person $14,295, single supplement $9,925.

Gourmet Traveller Sri Lanka by A&K
15-28 March 2017 and 2-14 October 2017.
Twin share per person $7,795, single supplement $2,925.

For full itineraries and inclusions, visit abercrombiekent.com.au.

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