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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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

On Byron time

An inspired makeover has turned three cottages into a retreat of relaxed style and old-school charm. Describing a place as central and tucked away might seem like an oxymoron, but Atlantic Byron Bay manages to be just that. The Caribbean plantation-inspired property is a relaxed stroll from Main Beach via a raft of boutiques (and what we think is some of Byron's best coffee, at Bayleaf). Yet step beyond the palm-fringed boundary and the bustle of Byron seems miles away. The feeling of escape begins along paths winding through lush gardens, past daybeds, hanging chairs and old-school Adirondacks.

Eight years ago Kimberly Amos, Stephen Eakin and their three sons moved from Sydney's northern beaches to Byron and began transforming the Atlantic's three original beach cottages into a breezy collection of communal living and kitchen spaces, with 15 guestrooms, all with decks. Driftwood cottage has charcoal exteriors, striped awnings and decks off ensuite rooms in chalky colours. Deep in the gardens surrounding Driftwood is an American Airstream popular for chic "camping" in the heart of Byron; a self-contained studio near Driftwood is ideal for a small group or family. Coconut Cottage is all pastels, palms and original artworks, and The Lodge is a relaxed blend of mid-century modern and coastal cool. While helpful staff are on hand, their discretion creates a feeling of well-serviced retreat. There are some decisions they can't help with: swim, surf or nap? 13 Marvell St, Byron Bay, NSW, (02) 6685 5118. Rooms from $285.

Related: Byron Bay travel guide.


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