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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

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Shark Bay Wild Scampi Caviar

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Dark chocolate delice, salted-caramel ganache and chocolate sorbet

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Koh Loy Sriracha Sauce, David Thompson's favourite hot sauce

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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.

Ms Murray opens on Liverpool St

salmon rillettes paired with pea panna cotta, cream cheese, a coddled egg and rye toast

salmon rillettes paired with pea panna cotta, cream cheese, a coddled egg and rye toast

Ms Murray? The name makes (a little) more sense when you know that this bright, snappy new Sydney CBD café and sandwich bar is the latest venture from the team behind John Montagu. That Woolloomooloo café was named for - yes! - the 4th Earl of Sandwich; Fanny Murray, the Ms Murray in question, was an 18th-century English courtesan and the feckless Earl's mistress.

Which brings us to Liverpool Street, in the increasingly inaccurately named Spanish Quarter of the city. The menu will be familiar to Montagu regulars: the Maffra cheddar and sage toastie is here, thick on the bread, easy on the herb, alongside the bacon and egg bun, and the braised beef cheeks on sourdough.

They're joined by more breakfasty stuff: smoked wagyu Benedict made with an eggless horseradish hollandaise, a Nutella French toast that takes the too-much-is-never-enough tack with caramelised banana and Bailey's maple cream and candied nuts, and salmon rillettes paired with pea panna cotta, cream cheese, a coddled egg and rye toast.

There's a lot going on here. Avocado and toast is reborn with the avo carpeted in seeds, plated with very long toast soldiers, two poached eggs, a possibly superfluous thatch of alfalfa and a "Moroccan" relish of red pepper and eggplant. (Our handy hack: if you've also ordered the cheddar toastie, try a little of the pepper relish slipped inside.)

The java is taken seriously enough to have an Ethiopian/PNG/Sumatran/Kenyan house-blend for white coffees and a changing selection for black - today a Kenyan AA lot from the Kirinyaga district roasted by Gabriel Coffee.

Ms Murray, shop 2, 88 Liverpool St, Sydney, NSW, msmurraycafe.com.au

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