Friday

When only the best chocolate will do




I’ll take one mouthful of rich, velvety Belgian chocolate over a whole block of the supermarket stuff any day of the week so it didn’t take me long to beat a path to Couverture & Co at Red Hill.

Just a few doors away from super salad shop Botanica and Plum Tucker on Enoggerra Terrace, Couverture & Co is owned by Jessica Brookes (pictured above).

Jess says she’s always loved cooking and chocolate is her weakness.




“When I was little I would request a box of chocolates from the Easter bunny instead of the usual foil wrapped bunny, I’d then try to savour the box for as long as possible!’, she says.

“When I returned home to Brisbane after working as a journalist for a few years in Oman, I decided to follow my passion for chocolate. I approached Bittersweet and was lucky enough to get a job working in their kitchen and behind the counter at their Barracks shop.

“All of the skills I’ve learnt were taught to me by Bittersweet’s owner, Melissa Atkinson. Melissa in turn was taught by her late mother-in-law Anne Atkinson, who established Bittersweet and who was a well-known chocolatier in Brisbane for over 20 years.

“I was so sad when Bittersweet closed and rather at a loss, so I decided to take the plunge and start up my own business and that was how Coverture & Co. came about.”

    


Couverture & Co. uses traditional methods, including hand tempering, dipping and piping all chocolates, to make their decadent treats and offers some unusual ingredients and flavour pairings from around the world. The range of flavours will varies from the traditional, such as dark chocolate truffles, to the more novel, like banoffee, white chocolate and tonka, and stuffed dates


Inside a stuffed date

Jess introduces a new flavours every few months just to keep things a bit interesting. Look out for an ale or stout flavoured chocolate for Father's day.


Top row, left to right: Orange and Poppy Seed, Hazelnut, Lemon (dark),
Second row, left to right: Lemon (milk), Cherry Marsala, Raspberry (milk & dark)
Third row, left to right: Dark chocolate with cocoa nibs, Milo, Tonka, Fig & Amaretto
Bottom row, left to right: Peppermint (milk & dark), fresh medjool date with candied orange, fresh medjool date filled with coffee cream - both dates are twice dipped in dark chocolate


Chocolates are available by the piece or customers can individually select an assortment in a bag or boxed.




Couverture 19A Enogerra Terrace, Red Hill
Open Tuesday to Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday to Sunday 9am -2pm

Kerry Heaney 

Bottom line: High quality chocolates don't come cheap but they are worth the extra.

Best tip: Balance a healthy salad from Botanica with beautiful chocolate and feel no guilt

Disclaimer: Ed+bK purchased chocolates.

Thursday

This is the best apple pie you'll ever taste







There's nothing like a bit of good, old-fashioned home cooking, especially if you don't have to make it yourself! You'll find apple pie that rivals the best homemade effort and much more at David and Ros Sutton's coffee shop - The Shed Cafe.

Filled with antique tables complimented by touches of silver, the cafe is a perfect refreshment stop on entry to or exit from Stanthorpe.

"We offer fresh, seasonal fruit, sourced locally on the Granite Belt where ever possible, " says Ros Sutton. "And, where we can, we use organic. Of course, apples feature prominently on our menu - homemade apple pie, pancakes, chutney, butter, cider and juice, to name just a few."

What modest Ros won't tell you unless pressed, it that she is an award winning CWA cook. One taste of her apple pie will quickly indicate this is a cut above the norm - a well-textured pastry with just the right combination of crunch and soft buttery smoothness. Combined with an ample scoop of Spiced Cider ice cream (made by Lick to Caroline Jones' recipe) and you're in foodie heaven.

Expect to find a changing menu that includes buttermilk apple pancakes, apple sorbet using Jonathon apple  juice, a ploughman's lunch, terrine and salad and vegetarian options.

Sate your thirst with a glass of Sutton's own Apple Cider or wines from the local Back Pocket winery.

If you can walk out without a bottle of their varietal apple juice - think Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Jonathon and more- you're a strong character. The same goes for the apple butter and apple syrup.





Sutton's Juice Factory, Cidery and Shed Cafe is open from 10am to 5pm seven days a week. Find it at Thumlimbah, just north of Stanthorpe.

The cafe is one of 20 stops on the Granite Belt Nude Food Trail that focuses on food as nature intended - in region and in season.

And - the best news for coffee lovers - the coffee is Merlo! If you are lucky, you might spot busy David Sutton behind the coffee machine!

Find more on the nude food trail at www.granitebeltwinecountry.com.au

Disclaimer: Ed+bK travelled as a guest of Tourism Queensland.


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