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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

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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.

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.

The Royal Botanic Gardens opens the Calyx

The Calyx

The Calyx

The Oompa Loompas are nowhere to be seen, but Willy Wonka would be thrilled by the first exhibition ever staged at Sydney Royal Botanic Garden's new horticultural gallery.

"Sweet Addiction: The Botanic Story of Chocolate" traces the story of chocolate from bean to bar. Housed inside the Calyx, a new $17 million steel and glass cathedral for plants, the exhibition centres on a miniature Amazonian rainforest. Cacao trees, vanilla orchids and flamingo flowers thrive in the tropical humidity, while topiary howler monkeys pose under palm trees in a central courtyard.

Entwined in the spectacle are interactive exhibitions and video installations that touch on the ecological issues surrounding chocolate production.

"Few know where chocolate comes from, or how it's made," says the garden's director of horticulture management, Jimmy Turner. "We tell you about rainforest ecology and conservation, but we're wrapping it in chocolate wrappers as a bit of fun."

Designed by PTW Architects and McGregor Coxall, the new structure also encompasses an educational centre and an outdoor podium framed in vertical steel to evoke a calyx, the whorl of sepals that protect a developing flower bud.

A living wall 51 metres long and six metres high (the largest in the southern hemisphere) features 18,000 individually potted plants, with curly parsley, alternantheras and heucheras thriving in their vertical home. Horticulturalists tend to the wall each day before it opens to the public to ensure a gorgeous display. Child-height sections of the wall are prone to being torn off by curious kids, although some are intended to be grabbed at - chocolate mint, for example, which smells exactly as its name suggests.

The Calyx is open  10am-4pm  daily. Sweet Addiction is showing until April 2017. The Caylx, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au.

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