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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.

Christchurch travel guide

The Tannery

The Tannery

From ambitious chefs to robust street art, post-earthquake Christchurch is a city alive with creative energy, writes Max Veenhuyzen.

STAY
The George
Close enough to the city for convenience yet far enough away for quiet, this elegant hotel is classic rather than cutting-edge, with a neutral palette and plush fittings. Although the hotel takes an old-school approach to service, its fine-diner, Pescatore, is on trend. From pairing paper-thin dried vegetable chips with pine-flavoured mascarpone to making a handsome arrangement of charry abalone and miso custard, Reon Hobson's cooking hits the mark for flavour and theatre. 50 Park Tce, Christchurch

SHOP
Named for the building's past life, The Tannery houses some of Christchurch's best boutiques and features local talent, among them designers Alchemy Equipment, Chalkydigits and Wanderer. Closer to the city centre, browse gift stores Hapa and The General Store for design-driven knick-knacks in Restart, the city's lively and colourful shipping-container mall. For the liquor cabinet, the domestic whisky selection at Whisky Galore is among the best in the country.

SEE
The exhibits at Quake City, in the Restart mall, are as much a celebration of the indomitable Cantabrian spirit as they are a record of the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. While grey concrete continues to dominate Christchurch's landscape, the work of street artists - some commissioned, some not - brings colour to the city. Download the Oi You! Streetwise app and embark on a self-guided urban-art walk. Or head to the Cultural Precinct to see Canterbury Museum and the nearby Christchurch Botanic Gardens, with a garden coffee stop at Ilex Café.

DRINK
Using beans direct from Samoa and roasting them daily, C One Espresso is one of the city's favourite caffeine brokers. It's known for its old pinball machines, edgy menus and sliders delivered at lightning speed via pneumatic tubes. For a different vibe entirely, order a dram at whisky bar The Last Word, or a Cassels & Sons beer and wood-fired pizza at The Brewery.

Roots, Christchurch

EAT
Roots
Chef Giulio Sturla's tasting menus are perpetual works in progress, featuring boat-fresh seafood in dishes such as char-grilled abalone in fish broth, and smoked mackerel with glassy blooms of fried kale. Outré wine choices underscore Roots' reputation as one of New Zealand's most progressive eateries. 8 London St, Lyttelton

King of Snake
Though it sounds like a straight-to-video triad movie, King of Snake's vibrant take on Asian food is hard to resist. While the menu sports familiar dishes and flavours, kitchen smarts ensure familiar dishes and flavours - sweet and sour pork, perhaps, and Penang beef cheek curry - are anything but ho-hum. 145 Victoria St, Christchurch

Harlequin Public House
From plump Mahurangi oysters to audacious combinations such as pork jowl with deep-fried clams and Kewpie mayo, chef Jonny Schwass knows how to show diners a good time. Well-priced wines and cocktails from bar manager Alex Jackman keep the mood buoyant at this bistro. 32 Salisbury St, Christchurch


DON'T MISS
For more than a decade, Canterbury Cheesemongers has been championing New Zealand cheese. Swing by at lunchtime for sandwiches made with house-baked bread and cheese, and stock up with local treats. 301 Montreal St

DAYTRIPPING
An hour's drive north of Christchurch, the Waipara Valley produces some of New Zealand's finest cool-climate wines. Follow a wine-tasting with lunch at Pegasus Bay or Black Estate

GETTING THERE
Air New Zealand flies direct to Christchurch from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth (December to April), Brisbane and the Gold Coast, with connecting flights from other Australian cities. 

DON'T MISS
For more than a decade, Canterbury Cheesemongers has been championing New Zealand cheese. Swing by at lunchtime for sandwiches made with house-baked bread and cheese, and stock up with local treats. 301 Montreal St

DAYTRIPPING
An hour's drive north of Christchurch, the Waipara Valley produces some of New Zealand's finest cool-climate wines. Follow a wine-tasting with lunch at Pegasus Bay or Black Estate

GETTING THERE
Air New Zealand flies direct to Christchurch from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth (December to April), Brisbane and the Gold Coast, with connecting flights from other Australian cities. 

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