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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.

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.

Shark Bay Wild Scampi Caviar

Bright blue scampi roe is popping up on menus across Australia. Here's why it's so special.

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.

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.

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.

The Spa at Monteverdi, Italy

In Tuscany, a luxe boutique hotel and an apothecary have come together to open a new spa...

In the 13th century the Dominican friars of the Santa Maria Novella monastery in Florence foraged for herbs, plants and flowers to create remedies to use in their infirmaries. Their potions developed a cult following, fanned by the patronage of Catherine de Medici among others, and were made available to the public from the mid-17th century. The Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella remains a Florentine institution, and still sells Queen Catherine's favourite scented water alongside an expansive range developed over centuries.

Now the apothecary has opened its first spa, a partnership with Monteverdi, a luxe boutique hotel in the Tuscan hilltop town of Castiglioncello del Trinoro. Roman designer Ilaria Miani's bare-boned, light-filled spa interiors reflect the company's simple, all-natural appeal. And, this being Italy, almost everything on the treatment menu sounds tasty; the Full Monteverdi, for example, includes a sea-salt scrub of rosemary, lemon balm and sweet orange.

The Spa at Monteverdi, Via di Mezzo, Castiglioncello del Trinoro, Sarteano, Italy


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