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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.

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.

Dark chocolate delice, salted-caramel ganache and chocolate sorbet

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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.

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."

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.

The Beaumont, London

Celebrated London restaurateurs Corbin & King open The Beaumont.

You might think The Beaumont hotel had been built at the height of the Art Deco craze and recently restored to a former grandeur, but you'd be wrong. True, the ground floor steel-casement windows date from 1926 and the upper levels date from the same period. But then you notice the Transformer-like edifice to one side, perched as if waiting to spring into life. This three-storey-high Antony Gormley sculpture is modern yet just manages to blend into the building's frontage. It's there to do more than just raise eyebrows. Called Room, aptly enough, the sculpture is a spectacular one-bedroom suite, yours for £2,250 ($4,141) per night.

The Beaumont is a clever imposter inside, too. The building was an Avis rental garage until three years ago, when it was acquired by Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, the celebrated restaurateurs behind The Wolseley and a string of other dining rooms. They've converted the former parking lot into a faux Grand Hotel with chessboard floors, lots of marble, plenty of dark wood panelling, and staff dressed like flunkies from The Grand Budapest Hotel. There's nothing obsequious about the well-judged service, though.

Gormley's Room apart, the 73 rooms are understated yet well-appointed with excellent attention to detail; chrome, marble and white-tiled bathrooms, masculine and sober bedrooms, comfortable beds, complimentary soft-drinks. There's a beautiful spa in similar classic style.

The Colony Grill Room restaurant is on-theme, with a vaguely transatlantic 1920s look. It delivers a menu of retro Anglo-American comfort food for the many diners who patronise the restaurant, feigning nostalgia for the historic Grand Hotel that never was. Rooms from £395 ($727).

The Beaumont, 8 Balderton St, Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair, London 


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