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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.

Garagistes sold, closing

Luke Burgess

Luke Burgess

Garagistes is dead. Long live Garagistes? Not quite. A more fitting theme might be "energy doesn't die, it just changes form". And so it is with the restaurant that was as important to Tasmania's new culinary identity as MONA has been to its cultural profile. The Hobart two-star, opened by Luke Burgess, Katrina Birchmeier and Kirk Richardson in 2010, has been on the market for more than a year now, but today Burgess, the chef and co-owner, confirmed that contracts have been exchanged, a local family has purchased the lease, plant and equipment, and Garagistes will run just 12 more services in its current form.

The silver lining of sorts for Tasmanian diners is that Burgess, Richardson and the team have decided to wind the kitchen down in its final month, trading not as Garagistes but as The Self-Preservation Society from late March through to around April 25.

"We're retaining the Garagistes name, and the new owners will be doing something completely different, so we wanted to come up with something to space the gap for about a month," says Burgess. The Society will be far more casual than the Garagistes of today, harking back to its more bar-like early days, and unearthing some dishes from retirement, the much-loved lamb ribs and silk oolong cream among them.

"The final touches on the concept are yet to be signed off," he says, "but it'll be a casual affair and one very much in the spirit of having fun and enjoying the last weeks of being in a space that we built and have come to love."

Burgess, who will be moving back to his home-town of Sydney, intends to keep the Garagistes flag flying, but has no immediate plans to open another restaurant. He says that he's pleased with the way things have drawn to a close in Tasmania.

"It's a big relief, and I'm glad we can go out in a nice, positive way and say that it's been five years and we've done some good work."

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