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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.

Shark Bay Wild Scampi Caviar

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

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.

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.

Venice's floating hotel

Here's yet another reason to fall in love with the City of Water.

JG Links, in his delightful book Venice for Pleasure, remarked that he envied the imagination of anyone capable of being disappointed by Italy's famed floating city. And it would take a powerful imagination indeed to be let down by the latest hotel in the Aman stable, Aman Canal Grande Venice, situated on the San Polo side of the Grand Canal, a short walk from the Rialto Bridge. The meticulously restored 16th-century Palazzo Papadopoli is an excursion into neo-Renaissance and Rococo excess. The palazzo was named after the Papadopoli brothers, Nicolò and Angelo, who bought it in the second half of the 19th century and hired then-preferred designer Michelangelo Guggenheim to give it a Versailles-like makeover. And the palazzo is still home to nobility - owners Count and Countess Arrivabene live on the fifth floor with their five children.

Aman's designer Jean-Michel Gathy has balanced the Rococo opulence with a sleek, modern aesthetic, juxtaposing contemporary Italian furnishings and glassware against the palazzo's ornate stucco and silk wall coverings, antique tapestries, Murano chandeliers and murals by Tiepolo and Rotta. Elegance prevails in the hotel's 24 rooms, many with views of the canal: the colour scheme is serene and subdued, the modern bathrooms featuring delicate white mosaic tiles. Two private gardens - thanks to the Papadopolis' demolition of the buildings next door - make the Aman an oasis of calm in tourist-trampled Venice.

In short, there's very little to be disappointed about, other than the €1000 per night starting rate. But then, sampling the life of Venetian nobility couldn't possibly come cheap. Aman Canal Grande Venice, Palazzo Papadopoli, Calle Tiepolo 1364, Sestiere San Polo, Venezia, +39 041 270 7333

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