The Christmas issue

Our December issue is out now, featuring Paul Carmichael's recipes for a Caribbean Christmas, silly season cocktails and more.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller before 28th December, 2016 for your chance to win a share of $50,000!

Gourmet digital

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad or Android tablet.

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.

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.

Dark chocolate delice, salted-caramel ganache and chocolate sorbet

"The delice from Source Dining is a winner. May I have the recipe?" Rebecca Ward, Fitzroy, Vic REQUEST A RECIPE To request a recipe, email fareexchange@bauer-media.com.au or send us a message via Facebook. Please include the restaurant's name and address, as well as your name and address. Please note that because of the volume of requests we receive, we can only publish a selection in the magazine.

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.

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."

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.

Star-grazing

Aquarius
The Sun-Venus conjunction on 28 March will be the catalyst for a period of introspection; embrace the opportunity to tackle difficult questions. You might ask, does my mo remain a covetable symbol of my vinyl-listening, fixie-riding, Monocle-reading way of life, or is it just a trap for bits of mince? In the meantime, avoid spaghetti Bolognese.

Pisces
Still or sparkling? You shrink a little inside every time a waiter asks you that question, you gentle, sensitive, economical soul. The new year brings new opportunities for making your wishes known, so next time you're dining out, request tap water, and if you're charged for it, just, um, leave a tip, slip away quietly and don't make a fuss.

Aries
Your enthusiasm and competitive nature make your dinner parties the hottest invitation of 2013, but be careful those same Arian qualities don't distress your guests. Before you slice the live ornamental koi at the table, sharpen your filleting knife. No one likes to see their goldfish bludgeoned to death before they eat it.

Taurus
The earthiest of the earth signs, Taureans are born to forage. This year, avoid nettles grown in abandoned asbestos-mining towns, and always blet your medlars. Love will walk through the door at any minute, so keep some acorn-flour muffins in the freezer and all you'll need to do when it arrives is pop them in the oven.

Gemini
Gemini's intellectual thirst is almost insatiable, but think beyond the university paradigm in 2013 and you'll find educational opportunities galore. Consider a cooking course at the local community centre - "Sourdough from your own bodily yeasts" , say.

Cancer
"Family first" has always been your motto, and the year ahead brings excellent health for you and your loved ones. Keep up the good work with the kids' nutrition, steering them clear of dairy, gluten, carbs, fat, fructose, food starting with the letter "b", pink food, crisp food, food with a use-by date in 2017, warm food, and anything garnished with curly parsley.

Leo
The fire in your sign - and in your backyard - burns brightly this year. When those closest to you mount a challenge, stand your ground. The elderly lady next door might be asthmatic, but she has no right to turn the hose on your smokehouse when you're in the middle of a batch of brisket. Remain dignified, and when the ambulance arrives, offer scones.

Virgo
This is the big one, Virgo, the pay-off year for those long evenings of meticulous photo­graphic documentation and food gone cold. Be prepared for extra public scrutiny as your social media following explodes. Criticising the last sponge your mother ever baked in a lengthy post is one thing; tweeting about the salmon sandwiches from her wake is quite another.

Libra
Your innate sense of justice is the catalyst for a career change this year. You'll excel, as always, whichever path you choose, but re-training as a pastry chef, Weight Watchers leader or meth cook will be especially auspicious - it's all about the scales. Weigh your decision carefully indeed.

Scorpio
Channel your intensity and passion into the search for love in 2013 and be rewarded. Try the cookery section of your local bookshop, where Scorpio soul mates lurk between Nigella and Curtis. If your local bookshop has gone bust from the online shopping boom, visit Amazon and search for toys in the Health & Personal Care department.

Sagittarius
How do you do it, Sagittarius? All those cocktail parties, restaurant openings and five-Martini lunches? Your social stamina has always been something to behold, and in 2013 you're on everyone's A-list. Two words of advice: avoid butterfish. Your drycleaner hasn't been able to look you in the eye since last year's little "oops".

Capricorn
Never take success for granted, Capricorn, if long-term financial security is your aim. Sure, your barrel-aged-Uruguayan-taco truck is so hot right now it's smokin', but booms inevitably bust, so be ready to cash in on the next big thing when it arrives. Our tip: fermented jaffles. Ka-ching!

Newsletter

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

Latest news
Explainer: wild scampi caviar
30.11.2016
GT's Christmas hamper
29.11.2016
David Thompson's favourite hot sauce
28.11.2016
Our 2016 Christmas issue is out now
28.11.2016
Bruce Pascoe’s crowd-funded Indigenous agriculture project
27.11.2016
Where to start with French beef cuts
18.11.2016
GT
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
The GT x STILY
Christmas Boutique is now open

The smallgoods, homewares, art and more from the pages of GT are now all under one roof, ready to take their place under the tree.

Read More
Gourmet TV

Check out our YouTube channel for our latest cover recipes, chef cooking demos, interviews and more.

Watch Now

You might also like...

Italian breakfast recipes

The flavours of the old country meet Australian cafe panache...

Pizza recipes

Mmm, pizza… Rustic tradition and contemporary thinking meet ...

Chef's spaghetti Bolognese recipes: L to Z

We quizzed the best kitchen talents on their secrets to the ...

Chef's spaghetti Bolognese recipes: B to K

We quizzed the best kitchen talents on their secrets to the ...

Mother's Day recipes

Mum deserves nothing but the best, so why don't you make her...

Easter recipes

Hot cross buns, a whole lot of lamb, some chocolate treats (...

Classic Italian recipes

From spaghetti Bolognese to lasagne and tiramisu to panna co...

Easter lunch recipes

With the cooler autumn weather, heartier flavours begin to e...

Cupcake recipes

Scaled down to little more than a mouthful, tiny cakes take ...

Thomas Keller's sandwich recipes

America's most famous chef takes the smarts and good taste t...

Grilling recipes

Dust off the tongs, fire up the barbecue, and get grilling w...

Neil Perry's Spice Temple recipes

At his new Spice Temple, Neil Perry calls on the more exotic...

Pickle and preserve recipes

When it comes to last-minute entertaining, a lovingly made p...

15 (shameless) chocolate recipes

Mousse, souffle, mud cake and more... welcome to the dark si...

Coconut recipes

There's nothing like a coconut to put you in a tropical mood...

get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

×