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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.

Decadent chocolate dessert recipes for Christmas

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

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."

Where to drink at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2016

Blackhearts and Sparrows' Smith St Store

Blackhearts and Sparrows' Smith St Store

The unbeatable location alone - the dancefloor of former 1930s night sky and faux Roman statuary picture palace the Forum Theatre - sees the 65th Melbourne International Film Festival upping the ante on festival bars. Add masses of potted palms, a Steinway & Sons concert grand, live music, DJs, linen-covered tables, antipasto packs and tiramisu from DOC, wine from indie booze shop Blackhearts and Sparrows and a late (3am) license and The Blackhearts Club starts to sound like somewhere to be, festival or not.

Featuring the main stage's original, rarely seen "safety curtain" as on-song backdrop and a resident pianist, cocktail bar veteran Mark Fitzgibbon, Blackhearts is also hosting a series of nights throughout the two-week festival, honouring people featured in the MIFF program, from the likes of Chet Baker and Sharon Jones to David Lynch and Iggy and the Stooges.

Before the screening of Italian film Subarro, DOC is hosting an aperitivo session at the club while a panel of winemakers, sellers and writers (including GT's Max Allen) will hold a discussion and tasting following the screening of doco about wine fraud doco, Sour Grapes.

The Blackhearts Club, Forum Theatre, Cnr Flinders & Russell Sts, Melbourne. miff.com.au/blackheartsclub

Open Mon-Fri 5pm-late, Sat-Sun, noon-late, July 29-August 14

 

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