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

When the master of Thai food pinpoints anything as his favourite, we sit up and listen.

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.

Taking the high way

Driving to Manjimup for this month's Truffle Kerfuffle (22 June)? You'll likely pass through Balingup and write it off as just another bucolic town along the South Western Highway. Don't.

Despite its triple-figure population, Balingup boasts a vibrant grass-roots food scene and at its core is Katrina Lane and her café-cum-deli, Taste of Balingup (shop 1, 63 South Western Hwy, 08 9764 1344).

In the short term, detour here for ace coffee and rocking sandwiches, but know that there's enough happening year-round in postcode 6253 to commend it as a standalone destination. April's annual small farm field day saw the town's headcount swell to 13,000, while February's Perth-chefs-meet-local-farmers dinner in the town hall was one for the ages. It all stems from a fierce determination to support primary producers.

"As a farmer's daughter, I saw plenty of difficult times in the '80s," says Lane. "I feel very strongly about wanting to keep farmers on the land. Things were subtle in the beginning but now I'm a bit more in your face." She's not kidding. Exhibit A: a poster in the dining room identifying all the growers within a hundred miles.

Balingup's main drag has other addresses of interest too, from the Aladdin's Cave of vintage kitchenwares at Rero Collectables, to Cambray Sheep Cheese's farm gate at the packing shed. The restorative properties of The Olde Shed Café's homemade sausages are nigh on mystical. For those looking for any more reason to visit, Mitch Mitchell's "Five of My Favourite Things" dinner on 29 June is as good an excuse for a road trip as any (contact Taste of Balingup for details).


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