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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.

Decadent chocolate dessert recipes for Christmas

13 of our most decadent chocolate recipes to indulge guests with this Christmas.

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.

Shark Bay Wild Scampi Caviar

Bright blue scampi roe is popping up on menus across Australia. Here's why it's so special.

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.

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.

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.

Best beaches in Western Australia

Cable Beach

Cable Beach

Western Australia is home to some of Australia’s most charming stretches of coastline. Here are five of the finest spots to beach yourself year-round.

Little Beach, Albany
Should you find yourself in the small port city of Albany on WA's southern coast, you might be surprised to stumble upon what may be one of the world's loveliest beach hideaways. Little Beach may be diminutive in name and size, but certainly not in appeal. The stretch's powdery white sand, clear waters and distinct lack of tourists − all set against rugged coastline − make this a setting lifted straight from a postcard.

Cable Beach, Broome, WA
Stretching 22km against a backdrop of ochre cliffs and the aquamarine hues of the Indian Ocean, Cable Beach is where you go to tick off all those romantic bucket-list items. Your couple's getaway could consist of greeting the day upon camelback, spying dolphins from Gantheaume Point Lighthouse or sipping cocktails at a beachside bar whilst watching the sun set. Tourist clichés like this attract crowds for good reasons though, so avoid it if you're seeking solitude.

Turquoise Bay, Exmouth
Head to Turquoise Bay for a snorkelling experience like no other, where strong currents pull you past an array of marine life. You may encounter octopus, stingrays and green sea turtles, so pack your underwater camera. Turquoise Bay is part of the Ningaloo Marine Park, which means you're also drifting past parts of Australia's largest fringing coral reef. It's the stuff marine documentaries are made of.

Cottesloe Beach
'Cott' is that beach everyone − tourists and locals alike − meet up at, so the beach's foreshore is packed with pubs, cafés and restaurants. It's especially popular with families, thanks to its safe swimming conditions, surf lifesavers, and lots of room for family picnics and beach cricket. It's also easily accessible, being located midway between Perth's central business district and the port of Fremantle.

Boranup Beach, Margaret River
Margaret River is well known internationally for its wine and its surf, with ocean conditions that vary little throughout the year. There are multiple top surfing spots along Margaret River's coast, with conditions ranging from powerful reef breaks to gentle surf. Boranup stands out for its pristine, isolated beach and consistent surf conditions. It also offers some of the only beach access for 4WDs in the area. 

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