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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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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.

Vegetarian canape recipes

If you're skipping meat at your next party, try these fast and fresh vegetarian canape recipes.

Bijoy Jain's new MPavilion

Bijoy Jain in Mumbai

Bijoy Jain in Mumbai

This year, Melbourne's MPavilion combines bamboo, stone, rope and earth.

Garden pavilions are so very Melbourne. Especially when conceived by internationally renowned architects and employed as design and events hubs for the culturally curious.

That, in a nutshell, is the point of MPavilion, the annual architectural commission that this year will involve a 12-metre tower of bamboo, stone, rope and earth taking shape in Queen Victoria Gardens, opposite the Melbourne Arts Centre.

The 2016 pavilion is the work of US-trained Indian architect Bijoy Jain, whose craftsmen have toiled for six months at his Studio Mumbai practice over models and prototypes of the tower, similar to a tazia, a typical feature of Indian ceremonies.

"It is an imaginary building that reaches deep into the stars, so it is otherworldly, and through it you can see the stars, the sky, other dimensions," Jain says of his début Australian work.

Studio Mumbai is known for adapting age-old skills such as stonemasonry and carpentry to contemporary architectural projects. "There's a lineage of carpentry and masonry, building with high skill and great efficiency, that's specific to India and I am transferring that ideology to projects around the world," Jain says. His previous notable commissions include installations at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale and at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Jain hopes his Australian pavilion will become "a place of engagement" for visitors, who will be entertained at the site by a series of performances, talks and workshops for four months between October and February. As with the previous two MPavilions, designed by Sean Godsell and Amanda Levete, Jain's structure will be given a permanent home in Melbourne once its run in the gardens ends.

The MPavilion project was conceived by retail magnate Naomi Milgrom and inspired by the Serpentine Gallery pavilion project in London's Kensington Gardens. "The MPavilion 2016 will be a building of beauty and wonder, and one that reminds us that good design can transcend the aesthetic and functional to create an emotional and spiritual experience," says Milgrom.

MPavilion is open to the public from 5 October 2016 to 18 February 2017; mpavilion.org 

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