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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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

Australia's best lodges and resorts

One&Only Hayman Island

One&Only Hayman Island

Nothing stokes our wanderlust quite like the prospect of a stay at one of Australia's internationally renowned resorts, lodges and beach properties.

Their unique settings, diversity of experiences and unbridled extravagance set the standard for elite accommodation in this country.

Take Southern Ocean Lodge, the 21-suite ridgetop retreat that embraces Kangaroo Island's great outdoors from the exquisite comfort of its great indoors. Or Saffire, which has put Tasmania on the global indulgence map with its combination of cinematic Freycinet Peninsula views, top-flight cuisine and imaginative interiors.

One&Only set a new pace in the élite-escapes race when it relaunched Hayman Island resort in July 2014. After an $80 million renovation, Hayman's 160 rooms, suites and penthouses look more appealing than ever. The super-luxury operator has also assumed management of the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, so expect similar excellence at this wilderness station at the base of the World Heritage Blue Mountains.

Set in red desert sands within sight of Uluru, Longitude 131° looks set to reclaim its crown as the jewel of the outback with new owners Baillie Lodges refurbishing its 15 stylish tents, adding new canopy suites (with fireplaces!) and a dune-top infinity pool.

Cicada Lodge in the Northern Territory also offers front-row seats on the outback - in this case on ancient Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge). The lodge is Indigenous-owned so local Jawoyn people guide the experience, from sunset dinner cruises to desert encounters with 40,000-year-old rock art.

Pretty Beach House

Given our seemingly infinite coastline, it's not surprising many of Australia's best addresses can be found beside the beach. Or, in the case of Lizard Island, beside 24 private beaches on the Great Barrier Reef. Fresh from its post-cyclone renewal, Lizard has all-new facilities and accommodaton and The Villa, a lavish, two-bedroom lookout over the Coral Sea.

Qualia still commands a peerless presence on its Hamilton Island paradise. Guests at its 60 sundeck-or-pool pavilions are entertained with a program of culinary, fashion and arts events.

This year also marks the return, after a sharp restoration, of Pretty Beach House on the New South Wales Central Coast (pictured above). Managed by the team behind Bells at Killcare, guests staying in its four striking pavilions dine on Stefano Manfredi's cuisine while drinking in views of the Bouddi Peninsula.

Beach holidays never looked so good.

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