The Noosa International Food & Wine Festival just celebrated its 10-year birthday, and what a party it was! Australia’s premier food event pulled out all stops to mark the occasion, with an amazing line-up of local, national and international chefs, food personalities, winemakers and first class entertainment. Visitors to the festival were spoilt for choice, with a diverse selection of cooking demonstrations, panel discussions, lunches and dinners, food and wine tastings, lifestyle events, concerts and much more – all taking place in stunning locations.
There is nothing nicer than the smell of freshly baked bread, except the smell of spicy, fruity hot cross buns baking! This Easter, instead of buying manufactured hot cross buns filled with preservatives and other nasties, why not bake your own? It’s not difficult to do, and the results are absolutely worth it. Yes, it does take a little time, but like anything in life the best things can’t be rushed.
Noosa Foodie loves seasonal cooking. On the Sunshine Coast we are currently enjoying an abundance of late summer fruit. My lime tree is full of fruit, and whilst my passionfruit vine is yet to yield, passionfruit are-a-plenty at the Noosa Farmers Market. So when life gives you passionfruit and limes, I say “make Passionfruit & Lime Butter”!
Tamarillos, also known as the tree tomato, are plentiful on the Sunshine Coast at the present. One of my lovely neighbours who has a tamarillo tree which is abundant with fruit kindly gave me a large bag full, which led me to creating this recipe. Poaching tamarillos in a sweet syrup is one of the nicest ways to enjoy this often overlooked fruit.
Australia’s best wines and winemakers will emerge on the Sunshine Coast for what will be a stellar line up for the tenth anniversary of the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival from 16-19 May 2013.
The festival will feature over 200 wines from 40 wineries where the stars of Australian winemaking will share their knowledge with enthusiastic consumers and wine buffs at the many and various wine-focused events throughout this year’s four-day Festival program. It is truly a unique opportunity for people to meet and interact with their favourite winemakers.
It looks like we’re in for a hot dry summer in Noosa, and nothing cools you down better than a frozen dessert (except maybe a dip in Laguna Bay). Semifreddo means “half-frozen” in Italian and this creamy yet light dessert has the texture of a frozen mousse. It’s not complicated to make and unlike many frozen desserts an ice-cream maker is not required. Accompanied with macerated berries, it’s a perfect dessert for the festive season. Serve with a glass of ice-cold limoncello.
Noosa has featured highly in the latest “Lonely Planet Traveller” magazine. UK’s best selling travel magazine ranked Noosa No. 1 destination in Queensland for food, referring to Noosa as “the state’s food capital”. Our very own life’s a feast received a great review – we’re very excited to be internationally recognised!
Click on the image below to read the article about Noosa:
One of our recipes from our Seafood Barbeque cooking class was also included in the feature – click here to see the recipe.
You can download the magazine for $5.49 at Lonely Planet.
With the temperatures climbing, lighter foods are definitely on the menu and this colourful chilled Spanish soup is perfect for this time of year. In my version the vegetables are not pureed but still retain some crunch, giving the soup a lovely texture. It’s also extremely low in fat, which is great news for those of us that are trying to shed a couple of kilos in an attempt to fit into last year’s swimsuit! For the best flavoured soup, ensure that the ingredients are top quality. A New Zealand sauvignon blanc is a good wine accompaniment if you’re not watching your weight.
It’s mango season, and mangoes have arrived in abundance! Make the most of this gorgeous fruit which can be used in many dishes, both savoury and sweet. Some of my favourite ways to use mangoes include adding cubes to a Thai Curry, making Mango Daiquiris, baking a Mango Pie (recipe to follow soon, watch this space!) and in this delicious Mango Salsa. It’ s simple to make and pairs wonderfully with chicken, pork, duck, prawns and all seafood. Enjoy!
There has been some gorgeous rhubarb available at the Noosa Farmers Market the past few weeks, and I have been cooking with it in a number of different ways. Whilst most people think rhubarb is a fruit it is actually a vegetable! Known for its tart, tangy and slightly sharp taste, rhubarb marries beautifully with strawberries, which are readily available at present.