Coffee is a magical brew to many. Made from the roasted beans of the coffee plant, coffee, and the various flavours of it, would appear to be inspiring enough for Anthony Capella to write an amorous account of just that, in a way that has had me rethinking my own coffee vices to a point that coffee has taken on a little more meaning than what I ever would have thought.
With Christmas just around the corner I thought it might be nice to share a few gift suggestions in the way of some fabulous foodie reads.
I love cookbooks, so every year is pretty much a no-brainer for anyone that knows me, cookbooks, magazines, foodie reads, or anything else to do with food or wine… easy.
The Spice Bar is one of those restaurants that, since first discovering it, it has become a bit of an ultimate favourite which I have felt compelled to visit many times since. I have tried to find alternate favourites, and while some have come close none have managed to knock the Spice Bar off the dining pedestal that I have it placed so high upon.
I met Tonya Jennings a number of years ago when she was first setting up her cooking school ‘On the Ridge’ in Dulong. There is something about people involved in the food industry, they are also so passionate… about food. They are passionate about other things as well, but the passion for food seems to weave a mesh that is strong and unyielding and so friendships begin.
Tonya, from On the Ridge Cooking School made one of these delcious Mushroom Tarts on a recent visit while she was on the coast. It is easy to make and perfect for a light lunch or a starter.
What’s in a name? Roses, rosés; how a little slip of the pen above the ‘e’ can make so much of a difference in both pronunciation and meaning, yet while roses are intoxicatingly fragrant, rosés can be just plain intoxicating.
Regional foodie hosted a prelaunch lunch amongst friends and the delicious menu was constructed around the beautiful rose and its liquid counterpart, rosé.
In the early hours of the morning, while most of us are still asleep, farmers and producers from around the Sunshine Coast are making their way to various locations, their vehicles laden with fabulous array of edible goods, special, fresh, delectable offerings that are presented to a regional community of market goers. Fruit and vegetables are harvested the day prior to the markets, fresh and vibrant, brimming from baskets and boxes as they are unloaded to fill stalls in the true tradition of a farmers’ market.
There is something about food in literature that we seem to devour with as much gusto as what we would an actual meal. We digest descriptive passages with passion and ardour and we greedily consume every ingredient, every sugar coated phrase and heavenly scented scene, living, as it would seem, through our stomachs, even if it is only in our minds.
I am not sure what it is that makes us quite so obsessed with food literature. Maybe it is as simple as it being something that we can all identify with.
Food plays such an important part of our lives, it is often hard to pin point at which point an individual goes from simply part taking in food, to becoming a foodie, in the sense of the appreciation of food. For some of us it is something that we acquire with time, while others it is such an intrinsic part of life from the onset, being a foodie is just a part of daily life.
This would be the case of my father, Fred. The term ‘foodie’, to him would be as foreign as the concept; for him it just a way of life and always has been. For this reason I would like to make him the first Regional Foodie profile.
If you are drawn to a particular fruit or vegetable because of its magnificent colour, now there is even more of a reason to pick out the prettiest one to take centre stage in your meals.
Did you realise that the colours of fruits and vegetables is more valuable than just making your salad and meals look pretty? In fact, ensuring that you consume a rainbow of colour everyday is the key to longevity, quality of life, fewer wrinkles and a much reduced risk of all chronic lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer (especially of the skin and bowel), as well as many, many more illnesses and diseases.
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