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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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

Australia's best long-stay lodgings

Peppers Broadbeach

Peppers Broadbeach

These are homes away from home.

Any inn will do for a one-night stand but for longer-term commitments certain criteria must be met. A bed you can bond with, a kitchen, laundry and, ideally, room service for those lazy nights in. Sydney's Adge Apartment Hotel (222 Riley Street, Surry Hills, NSW, adgehotel.com.au) combines all the above with a desirable location straddling the city and fashionable Surry Hills. Live like a local in two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments with boldly coloured interiors and balconies. Kitchens have premium European appliances for self-catering, but there's an entire suburb of exciting dining just out the door. And 24-hour room service, too.

Elsewhere in Sydney it's hard to look past city-central Fraser Suites (488 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW, sydney.frasershospitality.com), a 42-level tower of ultra-modern accommodation ranging from studios to six-person penthouses. Each of the 201 apartments is fully self-contained; those on higher floors have spectacular views in all directions. Stays of a fortnight or longer attract discounts.

Colourful Art Series hotels, each named for and decorated by a signature artist, encourage houseguests to hang around - longer stays merit weekly room rates that compare well to apartment rentals in major cities. At The Cullen (164 Commercial Road, Prahan, Vic, artserieshotels.com.au/cullen), The Olsen (637-641 Chapel Street, South Yarra, Vic, artserieshotels.com.au/olsen) and The Blackman (452 St Kilda Road, Melbourne,Vic, artserieshotels.com.au/blackman) all in Melbourne, weekly rates for a place to call home start at $625. Perks include 24-hour concierge, free cable TV, gym and - best of all - no more cleaning. If it's location you're after, you won't find more central serviced accommodation than Citadines Melbourne on Bourke Street (131/135 Bourke Rd, Melbourne, Vic, citadines.com.au). The 380 apartments come in studio to two-bedroom configurations; all have kitchenettes, some have washer-dryers.

In the west, Baileys Serviced Apartments (63 Bennett Street, East Perth, WA,  baileysapartments.com.au) combine a central Perth address with all the comforts of home - spacious living, WiFi, parking - and added extras such as balconies, a gym, a pool (at nearby Baileys Motel) and the Swan River just a short stroll away.

On the Gold Coast, the twin towers of Peppers Broadbeach (21 Elizabeth Ave,  Broadbeach, QLD, peppersbroadbeach.com.au) take some beating. Some rooms have ocean views and the in-house amenities include a pool, gym, sauna, guests-only cinema and tai chi lawn, and 21st-century technology inside the one- to three-bedroom apartments.

In Brisbane, Meriton Serviced Apartments Brisbane on Herschel Street (43 Herschel Street, Brisbane, QLD, meritonapartments.com.au) have won rave reviews since opening in mid-2013. Partly for the views - the tower soars 250 metres above the city - but also for the spacious suites (44 to 200 square metres) and on-site facilities including heated pool and gym.

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