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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.

Dan Lepard talks unrefined sugar

Dan Lepard's secret weapon in the kitchen? Unrefined sugar. The London-based Australian baking guru says it's his go-to in all sorts of dishes whenever he wants to add character, complexity and flavour. "When I was growing up it was simply brown sugar, but today… we've got all these great flavours and they're things that will really give a boost to your baking, cooking, whatever you want to do - even drinking."

Unlike a lot of brown sugars on the market that are simply refined sugars with added colour, unrefined sugars are the product of pure evaporation, resulting in an intense, full-flavoured sweetness. And there's more than just one kind. You've got the more common golden caster sugar ("simply the raw sugarcane that's been crushed… and then slightly evaporated"), molasses ("the godfather of all sugars"), which is great for supercharging the flavour of cakes, and the lighter Demerara, which is good for everything from sprinkling over baked goods to adding sweetness to cocktails, and then there's the flavour-packed muscovado - the stuff you want in your cakes and brownies.
 
"There's almost a treacly aspect to it," Lepard says. "It's the business."

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