Archive for October 2011
Being a foodie destination, Noosa attracts a number of food personalities and we are currently enjoying a spate of cookbook launches. With culinary celebrities such as Matt Moran, Luke Nguyen, Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Annabel Langbeim coming to town to promote their latest releases, we are spoilt for choice. Last Friday I was fortunate enough to attend Bill Granger’s launch of his latest cookbook at Rickys River Bar & Restaurant. Lunch at one of my favourite restaurants with one of my favourite cookbook writers – I was not going to miss this event!
As we move further into spring, the warmer weather brings with it a delicious selection of fruit and vegetables. In season for the month of October on the Sunshine Coast are:
The Sunshine Coast is pineapple country and locals and visitors can enjoy the sweetest of pineapples at a fraction of the price that city dwellers pay. Because they are readily available all year round, I normally have one sitting in my fruit bowl and enjoy using them in my cooking in a variety of ways. This recipe came to fruition because I am currently on a fairly strict eating regime (a Spring detox) and wanted something fresh and tasty for dinner, as an alternative to the heavy lentil curries and brown rice dishes I have been eating for the past week. Pineapples are gorgeous in a salsa, and marry really well with fresh chilli and mint.
I’m fortunate to live within walking distance of Queensland’s premium organic grocer and café par excellence, Organika. Located on Weyba Road Noosaville, Organika is owned and operated by brothers Josh and Kris Barry, who have many years of experience in the hospitality industry and the fresh produce market as well as boutique fine foods. Organika’s tagline is “a passion for organics” and Josh and Kris are committed to quality and purity in supplying organically honest produce.