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10 icy desserts for summertime

Sometimes, the electric fan just won't cut it. So we've gathered our 10 best, relatively easy, ideas for lowering your core temperature just that little bit. The next time the heat is on, drop a spoon into a strawberry-pepper sundae, demolish Dan...
1. Crushin' it Who knew slivers of fresh pineapple buried beneath coconut-rum granita could be so elegant, refreshing and breezy? It's a wonderful palate cleanser post-dinner and pre-dessert, though we'd never adhere to such petty restrictions. V...

Does this even count as cooking?

Between the gift-buying, card-writing, costume-making and end-of-year-revelling that is December, how does a person find time to feed themselves? With quick recipes, handy hints and the ability to say “no, thank you” to decidedly dull events. Save...
1. Mama knows best When you’re craving trouble-free comfort food, go for a Jewish classic, like honey and orange-glazed chicken. The preparation is so simple, you may forget you cooked. That is, until the delightful roast-y scent envelops you lik...

How to stage a break-up dinner

A box of chocolates might win you a date and a tub of ice-cream will cure a crushed heart, but what happens after the wooing and before the tearful binge? A break-up dinner, of course. Whether your partner’s been a cheat, snake, beggar or jerk,...
1. “I smell a cheat.” Nothing says “I know you’re a lying scumbag” quite like cheat’s laksa. Made from all the usual suspects – prawns, tofu puffs, coconut cream and egg noodles – plus commercial laksa paste, it’s a quick and delicious way to en...

Why Thanksgiving is a holiday worth hijacking

So what if our nation wasn’t “founded” on Plymouth Rock and native turkeys are nothing like their North American cousins? We’re thieving Thanksgiving, thank-you-very-much, and counting our blessings too. Join the gratitude club this weekend and...
1. Who’s for hamming it up? Think of Thanksgiving as a test-run for Christmas and hone your ham-glazing skills with this recipe from Matthew Evans. Mixing apple cider and sugar, with allspice berries, Seville orange marmalade and mustard powder, ...

How to pack a picnic like a chef

Who better to inspire your Tropfest picnic basket than 10 chefs who've dined on many a checkered blanket? Start with Nic Wong's eggplant-miso dip, move on to Kirsty Chiaplias' crab and haloumi tart, then polish off Mitch Suchowacki's chewy choc...
1. Joel Valvasori | Lalla Rookh, Perth "When we go for a picnic, we like to keep it pretty simple. We bring a block of cheese, a cacciatore salami, fresh tomato, a loaf of crusty bread and some pickled or cooked vegetables. Plus, of course, a bot...