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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

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Dark chocolate delice, salted-caramel ganache and chocolate sorbet

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Koh Loy Sriracha Sauce, David Thompson's favourite hot sauce

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Taming the Wilderness

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Cooking breakfast like a chef

Direct from our Fare Exchange column and recipe vault, we've picked the best breakfast recipes from chefs cooking around Australia. From croque-monsieur to Paris Brest, you won't find poached eggs on toast here. All of the dishes are the perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee.

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."

Err, Bangkok

Bo.lan duo's new casual bar-eatery is a winner.

First the fine-diner Bo.lan opened in Bangkok in 2009, based on slow-food principles with an organic shop attached and a monthly farmers' market in the car park; then it moved to bigger premises to meet demand.

Now Bangkok's best-known chef couple, Thai-born Duangporn "Bo" Songvisava and her Australian-born husband, Dylan Jones, have added a little sister to their portfolio, a casual street-food eatery and cocktail bar named Err, meaning "okay" or "yeah" in Thai.

Its location is a big draw for travellers - a former Chinese shophouse on a lane in the tourist district between the Chao Phraya River and Wat Pho temple. Authentic Thai flavours are more the exception than the rule in this neighbourhood, and the couple's trademark commitment to tradition, an "urban rustic Thai" menu and boozy drinks list based on Thai spirits and rice wine have made Err an instant favourite with expats and Thais since opening in the middle of last year.

Err's menu is labelled by cooking method - preserved, pickled, charcoal grill, clay pot, "wok wok" - and dishes are shared family style. Highlights include sai krok Isaan, house-cured pork sausages fragrant with lemongrass served with organic rice, and the charcoal-grilled street-food classics, chicken satay and pork neck. Curries such as geng krau sii krong moo (southern-style pork ribs) and geng kiew wan gai bann (green chicken curry on the bone) demonstrate a penchant for richness and heat. The crowd favourite is nang kai tort, a deep-fried chicken-skin snack nicknamed "chicken movie", shaped like a chook and served with house-made sriracha sauce.

Songvisava and Jones met in 2005 while working at David Thompson's Nahm in London and returned to Bangkok six years ago to open Bo.lan, an early exponent of the city's smart-casual dining trend. Err is a further step in that direction. "It's the sort of place I like to go eat and hang out at on my day off," Jones says. The light-filled shophouse has kitsch-cool décor, street art on the walls, cushion covers stencilled with vintage Thai travel posters, and a soundtrack of Thai covers of Western hits from the 1950s to the '70s.

Err, 394/35 Maharaj Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang Phranakorn, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 2 622 2291

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