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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.

SiloStay, New Zealand

For quirky eco-luxury, bunk down in a grain silo, a stylish conversion on the Canterbury plains of New Zealand's South Island.

You can stay in a transatlantic liner in California, an oil rig in Malaysia, or a prison cell in Berlin. But it took a visionary from New Zealand's Canterbury province - famous for its extensive grain plains - to create a hotel out of grain silos.

Stuart Wright-Stow, of Little River, halfway between Christchurch and the popular tourist destination of Akaroa, has a long track record of inspired design through F3 Design, which he runs with his children, Pippin and Ella. At Little River, his SiloStay complex offers sleek designer accommodation in nine silos operating as serviced apartments. The keyword in the SiloStay experience is "bonhomie". "There's not enough bonhomie around these days," says Wright-Stow. "It's fundamental to hospitality, so why don't more establishments display a few touches of idiosyncrasy to appeal to human perception?"

His eye for dramatic architecture has changed the appearance of Little River's main street, where he and his wife Ange run an art gallery in a dramatic building that also houses a store and café.

Wright-Stow admits to having a brain that is wired in such a way that he has to ponder alternative uses for everyday things. "There's something very sociable about silos," he says. "You see them standing around in fields in little groups looking like they're having a conversation. They're convivial on the outside and warm and inclusive on the inside."

The silos stand nearly nine metres tall and have two floors connected by an interior curved stairway that follows the contour of the silo wall.

The lower floor has a living area, kitchen and toilet, while the upper floor features a queen bed, shower and balcony that juts from the exterior wall like an open drawer. Natural macrocarpa timber flooring and whitewashed plywood panels break the corrugated lines of the steel. Furniture and fittings provide splashes of bright industrial colours that echo the palette of the farm equipment shed. The clever skylight lid is opened by a simple lever mechanism. Each silo is positioned for private views over bush or farms.

Rooms from about $160. SiloStay, State Highway 75, Little River, Canterbury, New Zealand. +64 27 325 1977.


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