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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."

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.

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.

King Arthur Café, Brisbane

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now: King Arthur Café, Brisbane.

The recent arrival of this quirky café, located off chic James St shows just how far Brisbane's coffee scene has travelled since the 'cuppucino' Dark Ages. It's a second venture for the team behind South Brisbane's Merriweather Café and the menu here also favours specialty coffee, featuring the best of local and sustainable produce. At breakfast you'll find the likes of charcoal-grilled pilchards with preserved lemon, say on Sprout Artisan Bakery sourdough toast, shoulder-to-shoulder with springy house-made sourdough crumpets paired with a chunky rhubarb compote and a scatter of crisp honeycomb crumble. Scope out daily sweet treats - fat sugar-dusted jam-filled doughnuts perhaps, or a wedge of gluten-free almond nutmeg cake - or grab a doorstop-style sandwich from the glass cabinet. We recommend the well-filled house-smoked fish and cucumber number on sourdough mixed grain. King Arthur's interiors are as unfussy and appealing as its menu. Upstairs, tucked beneath a distinctive curved ceiling, is a cute mezzanine level decked out with the same white walls, fresh blooms, simple tables and stools as the L-shaped downstairs. Let it reign.

King Arthur Café, 164C Arthur St, Fortitude Valley, Qld, (07) 3358 1670

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