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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

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Decadent chocolate dessert recipes for Christmas

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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.

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."

Cathay Pacific's new airport lounges

Lounge design needs to satisfy loners and more sociable creatures.

Premium flyers probably don't ponder the psychology behind airline lounges, but it's central to David Nelson's work. As head of design at London-based Foster & Partners, which recently renovated three of Cathay Pacific's four Hong Kong airport lounges, Nelson and his team have plumbed the habits and desires of global nomads.

"The business traveller these days is somebody who's going to be working incredibly intensely," Nelson says. "The only downtime you have is when you're on the plane or in the lounge. So there is a kind of a psychological need to be private, to be separate." To satisfy that craving, Foster & Partners created the Solus chair exclusively for Cathay's Hong Kong lounges - a semi-private pod in which passengers can recharge themselves and their gadgets, eat, make calls and work with minimal eye contact and no personal space issues.

Not everyone wants to cocoon, however, so lounges must satisfy diverse moods. Hence the Japanese residential vibe in the Bridge lounge, the canteen-style noodle bars (serving moreish dan dan noodles) and the bakeries and coffee carts in each of the Cathay lounges. As Nelson says, "It's a bit like a very good house that's designed for parties."

One of the world's best-known architectural practices, Foster & Partners has designed projects as diverse as London's Millennium Bridge and the Wembley Stadium to the Reichstag redevelopment in Berlin and Abu Dhabi's futuristic Masdar City. The Cathay brief was their first attempt at airline lounge design. The biggest challenge, Nelson says, is making them function smoothly at peak times.

"It's relatively easy to provide pleasant surroundings if there's hardly any passengers. But trying to cope with high-density numbers and still give a level of privacy and make sure everybody's catered to is a challenge a lot of airline lounges have."

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