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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

"The delice from Source Dining is a winner. May I have the recipe?" Rebecca Ward, Fitzroy, Vic REQUEST A RECIPE To request a recipe, email fareexchange@bauer-media.com.au or send us a message via Facebook. Please include the restaurant's name and address, as well as your name and address. Please note that because of the volume of requests we receive, we can only publish a selection in the magazine.

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."

Taming the Wilderness

Heading to Canada’s far-flung places means a whole lot of adventure with life’s luxuries on the side.

Garlic recipes

This pungent yet essential little bulb sets the foundation for countless dishes across the globe. Slowly roast it alongside spatchcock or whole snapper, or grind it down to thick paste for a rich alioli. When it comes to garlic, the possibilities truly are endless.

Meet One Fine Stay, the Airbnb of luxury homes

Indiana Court, Los Angeles

Indiana Court, Los Angeles

No lumpy mattresses or messy bathrooms here: this home rental website selects only the best.

Travel can inspire in a way few other activities can match. But sometimes innovation strikes when you're at home, doing something as pedestrian as walking down the street, as Greg Marsh experienced one evening in London. The CEO and founder of One Fine Stay was passing through Mayfair and noticed the lights were off in the majority of the homes along the street. The owners were away, their elegant properties - the kind of accommodation that a certain type of traveller would relish - standing empty.

That was the germination of One Fine Stay, a service most easily described as the Airbnb of luxury homes, with one key difference: guests and homeowners never meet. Owners are always absent during the visit, leaving One Fine Stay staff to prepare the space and greet renters upon arrival. "In the same way as traditional hotels, we are the hosts when guests come to stay," Marsh explains. "We actually see ourselves as complementary to hotels and other traditional operators." One Fine Stay vets potential homes carefully, measuring them against a strict set of criteria. According to Marsh, nine out of 10 home owner applicants are turned down for reasons ranging from sub-par mattresses to not having a mirror near a plug socket for guests to dry their hair. "We look for space, character, comfort and location," he says. "We always ask ourselves: would guests love to stay here?"

One of the more distinctive properties that has passed this stringent selection process is this home on Rome's Via di San Francesco di Sales, a three-bedroom, three-bathroom garden property that was once home to the Renaissance painter Raphael. "The owner today is also an artist and I love that continuation through the years," says Marsh.

One Fine Stay launched in Rome just last month, expanding a network that already included London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles. And since its April acquisition by AccorHotels, it has announced its intention to expand its presence into 40 cities over the next five years. Those plans do not currently include Australia. It's fortunate, then, that we like to travel.

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