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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.

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.

Paper Daisy, Cabarita Beach, NSW

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now: Paper Daisy, Cabarita Beach, NSW.

Prepare to have any outdated prejudices relating to regional hotel dining well and truly smashed. There's nothing cookie-cutter about Paper Daisy, the restaurant at new boutique hotel Halcyon House, set in an old Cabarita Beach surfer motel, now beautifully re-imagined as a casually luxe 21-room beach getaway. And the light but cleverly detailed dishes from chef Ben Devlin (formerly of Esquire, Brisbane) follow suit. The airy dining room, with its white and blue Parisian bistro chairs and comfy banquettes, overlooks the resort pool via retro arched windows. Behind the dining space, spiky pandanus trees frame dunes and glimpses of white-topped breakers. There's a definite holiday feel, aided by the likes of pepper-grilled whiting, served whole, the lightly smoky skin dotted with pink pearls of finger lime and marked with just the right amount of char to play off the white flesh beneath. Chips arrive in a jar, a neat stack of paper-thin slices of dried beef and translucent tomato slices, served with a pot of punchy green mustard-leaf dunking sauce - perfect with a Stone & Wood Pacific ale from Byron Bay, or perhaps a Negroni. A tomato and mozzarella salad sees at least five varieties of tomato with basil, smoky pancetta, black garlic, olives, pickled onion and deep fried shallot. There's a lot going on, but it all makes the finest of flavour sense. Sure, you could opt for a classic burger from the house menu (which runs from 10am-10pm), but with this kind of next-level dining on offer at such reasonable prices, you'd be crazy not to dive right in.

Paper Daisy, Halcyon House, 21 Cyprus Cres, Cabarita Beach, NSW, (02) 6676 1444

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