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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.

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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.

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.

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."

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.

Art and soul

They say you can’t please all the people all the time, but tell that to Amsterdam. Kendall Hill explores the Venice of the North and discovers a cultural hotspot for fans of both trend and tradition.

STAY
Hotel De L'Europe
This grand neo-Renaissance hotel, owned by the famed brewing family of Heineken, towers over the Amstel River like a queen surveying her domain. The 1896 building was closed three years ago for a total makeover that fused its 19th-century grandeur with 21st-century comfort and gadgets. Its 111 rooms include 23 suites in the new Dutch Masters wing, each adorned with a replica masterpiece produced in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum. Rooms are luxurious and smart - sensor lighting, heated bathroom floors, bay windows with captivating river views, and custom pillow-top beds that vie for the title of Best. Sleep. Ever. All major city museums are within walking distance. Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2-14. 

DO
Van Gogh Museum
The newly renovated Van Gogh Museum displays more than 100 paintings and drawings from the artist's mercurial 10-year career. Besides self-portraits, sunflowers and starry nights, there are original sketchbooks, letters and comparative works by contemporaries such as Gauguin and Toulouse-Lautrec. It's open daily from 9am but, like all Amsterdam's major museums (especially the also just-overhauled Rijksmuseum), sees hellish crowds. Go early or on a Friday evening when doors stay open until 10pm. Paulus Potterstraat 7.

SHOP
Droog
The Dutch design collective behind Hôtel Droog (it has only one bedroom) has converted a 17th-century house into a labyrinth of art, fashion and retail wonders. Its inventory includes a street-front gift shop with clever collectibles such as Tejo Remy's milk-bottle lamp. And the upstairs boutique, Het Kabinet, houses high fashion from the likes of Isabel Marant and Michelle Obama favourite Rick Owens. Staalstraat 7b.

PLAY
't Smalle
Amsterdam's bars tend to be of the historic, wood-lined variety - so-called "brown cafés". Go traditional at this circa 1756 spot on the terrace beside Egelantiers Canal in the Jordaan for a snifter of genever or beers. Egelantiersgracht 12

Hiding in Plain Sight
For late-night cocktails seek out Hiding in Plain Sight, a snug, split-level speakeasy with great service and old-school cocktails such as the Boulevardier - 12yo Elijah Craig Bourbon spiked with Gran Clasico bitters and Vermouth del Professore. If you're lucky, you might catch one of the regular jazz shows. Rapenburg 18.

EAT
Bord'Eau
Hotel De L'Europe's riverfront restaurant is barely two years old and already Michelin-starred. It showcases chef Richard van Oostenbrugge's "French fare with Dutch flair", where a regional dish such as asparagus à la Flamande is reimagined in golden egg on a nest of straw. Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2-14. 

Envy
Envy's shimmering kitchen beckons like a beacon beside the hip Prinsengracht canal. In the long, theatrical dining room, diners graze on small plates or five-course tasting menus of local cheeses and charcuterie - the lavender-scented sausage is a revelation. Prinsengracht 381.

Hotel de Goudfazant
At the hip Hotel de Goudfazant, white-clothed tables sit among industrial girders, and a collection of old automobiles and pianos. Despite the isolated location, on a buzzing Saturday night Goudfazant feels like the only show in town. Aambeeldstraat 10. 


Insider tips
Essential etiquette
Never, ever try to sneak photos of prostitutes in their glass-fronted booths in the red-light district. Scandalised sex workers won't hesitate to retaliate and push souvenir snappers into the nearest canal.

Don't miss
The Hermitage Amsterdam is a satellite museum of the St Petersburg original, staging exhibitions drawn from its phenomenal collection. Peter the Great: An Inspired Tsar is on until 13 September. 

Insider tips
Essential etiquette
Never, ever try to sneak photos of prostitutes in their glass-fronted booths in the red-light district. Scandalised sex workers won't hesitate to retaliate and push souvenir snappers into the nearest canal.

Don't miss
The Hermitage Amsterdam is a satellite museum of the St Petersburg original, staging exhibitions drawn from its phenomenal collection. Peter the Great: An Inspired Tsar is on until 13 September. 

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