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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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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."

Taming the Wilderness

Heading to Canada’s far-flung places means a whole lot of adventure with life’s luxuries on the side.

Garlic recipes

This pungent yet essential little bulb sets the foundation for countless dishes across the globe. Slowly roast it alongside spatchcock or whole snapper, or grind it down to thick paste for a rich alioli. When it comes to garlic, the possibilities truly are endless.

Belle's Hot Chicken: Nashville-style fried chicken comes to Melbourne

Aaron Turner & Morgan McGlone, Belle's Hot Chicken

Aaron Turner & Morgan McGlone, Belle's Hot Chicken

Just when you thought Gertrude Street couldn't get any hotter, along comes news that it'll soon be home to Australia's first Nashville-style spicy fried chicken outlet. More intriguing still, it's the comeback project for fêted chef Aaron Turner, of the dearly missed Loam restaurant, and his pal Morgan McGlone, the chef and Taste of Young Sydney impresario.

While southern-inspired eats are cropping up faster than you can say "eleven secret herbs and spices" the pair's credentials in this instance are hard to beat. They've both been living in Nashville for the past year - McGlone there to open the local branch of Husk restaurant for acclaimed Charleston chef Sean Brock, and Turner joining him in the kitchen.

For their Melbourne caper, they're taking over the food at Belle's Diner, on the corner of Napier and Gertrude streets, which they'll reopen in early August as Belle's Hot Chicken. The pair's vision for the restaurant, conceived over many nights working the fryer and doing research at the likes of Prince's, Hattie B's and Bolton's, is to offer the very spicy deep-fried chicken and hot fish they know and love, complemented by a rotating range of sides such as braised beans with ham hocks, potato salad, crinkle-cut fries and greens ("though collards aren't easy to get in Australia," says McGlone).

To put out the fire (or possibly stoke the flame), there'll be a very personal selection of the wines they like to drink (expect plenty from natural-leaning importers such as Addley Clark, Living Wines, Brooks & Amos and Andrew Guard), plus "working man's beers" and good whiskey.

"It's our ode to Nashville," says McGlone. You've been warned.

Looking for more Melbourne dining options? Check out our list of the best restaurants in Melbourne.

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