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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

"The delice from Source Dining is a winner. May I have the recipe?" Rebecca Ward, Fitzroy, Vic REQUEST A RECIPE To request a recipe, email fareexchange@bauer-media.com.au or send us a message via Facebook. Please include the restaurant's name and address, as well as your name and address. Please note that because of the volume of requests we receive, we can only publish a selection in the magazine.

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.

Vegetarian canape recipes

If you're skipping meat at your next party, try these fast and fresh vegetarian canape recipes.

The Pig on the Beach, Dorset, England

The newest Pig hotel in England is really a restaurant with rooms - and its garden-to-plate principles are as impressive as the views.

The Pig on the Beach has the classiest sea views in Dorset: across bobbing fishing boats to Old Harry Rocks. Opened in June, this is the latest in The Pig hotels' litter and joins the three-year-old Pig in the New Forest, in south-west England, The Pig In The Wall, at Southampton, and The Pig Near Bath.

About two and a half hours' drive from London and overlooking Studland Bay, we think this clifftop Pig has the best location of all. It's the former Manor House Hotel, leased from the National Trust, and co-owners Robin Hutson and David Elton have applied their trademark informal style to the conversion of this Arts and Crafts villa, along with intelligent service and a ferocious commitment to food provenance.

There are 23 bedrooms and a couple of sequestered outside bedrooms - The Lookout and The Bothy overlook a walled garden and the sea. Guests can wander off to two shepherd's huts in a meadow for massages using Bamford products.

For all its comforts, though, The Pig on the Beach is essentially a restaurant with rooms - and, oh, what a restaurant. The garden-to-plate ethos is executed with rigour; nothing hits the table that hasn't been raised or foraged in the hotel's kitchen garden or within a 40-kilometre radius - fennel, pea shoots, garden beans, Isle of Wight tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, blackcurrants and more. Other local specialties include Dorset whelks and Purbeck eggs.

There's private dining for 12 in the thatched Roundhouse, and the bar, with its floorboards made from railway sleepers, is a perfect evening bookend.

The only caveat is the Pig's popularity: you might well secure a room, and pigs might fly, too.

The Pig on the Beach, rooms from $252. Manor House, Manor Road, Studland, Dorset.


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