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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.

Garlic recipes

This pungent yet essential little bulb sets the foundation for countless dishes across the globe. Slowly roast it alongside spatchcock or whole snapper, or grind it down to thick paste for a rich alioli. When it comes to garlic, the possibilities truly are endless.

Taming the Wilderness

Heading to Canada’s far-flung places means a whole lot of adventure with life’s luxuries on the side.

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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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.

Cooking breakfast like a chef

Direct from our Fare Exchange column and recipe vault, we've picked the best breakfast recipes from chefs cooking around Australia. From croque-monsieur to Paris Brest, you won't find poached eggs on toast here. All of the dishes are the perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee.

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.

Starwood's Mexican haciendas

Three grand haciendas are now part of Starwood's Luxury Collection.

There's more to Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula than its superb beaches. For a taste of the region's vanished golden age, venture inland on the historic hacienda trail. Several of these grand 18th- and 19th-century sisal plantations have been meticulously restored under the Starwood Luxury Collection brand, and three are less than an hour's drive from Yucatán's capital of Mérida.

Arriving at Hacienda Santa Rosa on a jungle-lined dirt road is a revelation: a sweeping lawn flanked by tropical gardens with a cerulean blue main house beyond. The rooms are located in the hacienda's original machine house and have original hand-painted pasta-tile floors, high ceilings, carved wooden doors and iron beds. Some rooms have outdoor tubs and showers with tree roots entwined through them.

Hacienda San Jose feels even more tucked away. Set in gardens linked by winding paths, this 15-room gem has all the intimacy of a guesthouse, with a small spa, a sweet old chapel and huge swimming pool. Yucatecan-inspired meals are taken on an airy terrace or beneath the trees, and guest rooms have been restored to their 19th-century glory, with the addition of modern luxuries such as outdoor jacuzzis.

Hacienda Temozón is perhaps the most impressive of the collection. Huge in scale, this property once housed a large family and hundreds of workers and there's still a Gone With The Wind-style romance about it, lent by formal gardens, a grand staircase leading to the main house, rooms full of 18th-century Spanish colonial details and a restored henequen factory set behind a near-Olympic-sized swimming pool. Like the other pair, this hacienda was restored under the direction of fêted Mexican architect Salvador Reyes Ríos, whose aesthetic marries Old World Spanish and French colonial charm with contemporary chic.

Read more: Gourmet Traveller's guide to Mérida, Mexico.

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