Brisbane foodie Alice Lindley serves up another edition of tasty bites, discussing sweet corn season, easy Queensland decadence, and organic appreciation in West End.
In season – sweet corn
I love sweet corn – it is a great flavour to accompany summer dishes. I’ve taken to wrapping it in foil with a little butter and seasoning and throwing it on the fire or BBQ. But there’s really no shortage of uses – you’ll find it in fritters beneath your avocado salsa at brunch, in a salsa with chopped mango and coriander atop your barramundi main or in your taco mix at your local dude food vendor.
Queensland Reef & Beef have partnered with The Pasta Company to create a new line of decadent seafood raviolis and pasta sauces. Some Brisbane locals will be familiar with The Pasta Company, a small, family-run operation creating pasta sauces, fresh pasta and pizzas. Owners Sal and Kerryn Saffioti place a very high emphasis on using fresh, local ingredients, and adding absolutely no preservatives or fillers – a sentiment shared by Qld Reef & Beef’s Jim Sephton. You can find these products in selected grocers and delis about town.
An organic change
Marcia’s on Montague in West End has added organic produce to their beautiful stock of homewares, in a little adjacent store called Organics at Marcia’s. Marcia has teamed up with daughter Gabrielle to broaden the range. Gabrielle has been living in France for the last few years and brings with her a distinct style and appreciation for organic food.
A great set of knives is something you keep for life; I’ve just inherited a set that my great grandfather made when he was in the Navy, and I treasure them. There’s something special and so Australian about the wooden-handled knife set, sitting in their block atop the kitchen bench. This Rosewood Forged Knife set from Victorinox is beautiful. With a high quality steel blade and Rosewood handles, they’re guaranteed to get better with age, and age gracefully at that.
When one door shuts, another opens. Where Bistro One Eleven sadly closed last year, Sydney duo (and rugby royalty) George & Erica Gregan have opened shop in the same place. There’s the coffee shop – GG Espresso, found on the mezzanine level of One One One Eagle Street and the bistro – The George Bistro & Bar, situated on the ground floor. It’s the place for a seriously good meal, wine and relaxed atmosphere all for an affordable price.