Thursday, 26 May 2011

Lyndey and Blair's Taste of Greece

In the wake of the tragic news surrounding Lyndey's son Blair Milan's death last month, Lyndey & Blair's Taste of Greece will premiere exclusively to SBS ONE on Thursday 26th May 2011 at 8pm AEST.

The seven part series will be aired earlier than expected, as a tribute to the 29 year old actor, who passed away on Sunday April 17 2011 from Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Latest Tasty Bits from bmag - May 24

In this edition - People's Day on June 5 at the Brisbane's Cheese Awards, Drift Restaurant moves to Brookwater, Sono meal deal, and Medusa - a new fine diner opens at Bardon.


More at  b mag

Monday, 23 May 2011

Mary Cairncross Kiosk, Maleny

"Don't make too much noise, you'll scare the fairies away" were the words my mother always used to settle down excited children during a rain forest walk.

She told us that fairies lived in the mysteriously thick, verdant green moss that grew around the path on crusty damp trees and rocks, and they didn't like noise.

Friday, 20 May 2011

The Chelsea, The Barracks

I've been cooking up a frenzy at home recently and have decided Wednesday is going to be my night off!

K2 looked a little startled when I put a recipe for Honey-Roasted chicken, chickpea and carrot salad, courtesy of Donna Hay, in front of him and suggested he cook. What's wrong with my famous hamburgers was his response?

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Breakfast at Dandelion and Driftwood

There's something about starting the weekend with a leisurely breakfast that someone else has cooked.

Makes my heart sing just thinking about it.

And when that breakfast includes a kick ass coffee life is oh-so sweet.

So it's hard to go past the combo offered by Dandelion and Driftwood in Gerler Road, Hamilton. Here the food credo is 'simple food done exceptionally well' and they do.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Five minutes of fame on The Great South East

Blink and you will probably miss it but you might be lucky and catch my five minutes of fame on The Great South East, 5.30pm Sunday night.

I'll be a legend in my own lunch box, as my brother would tell me, but it was a great experience walking around Eagle Street Pier with the lovely Laurel Edwards.

We managed to eat at three great eateries, Jude Cafe on the ground floor, Sake - the new stylish Japanese restaurant on the top floor and the Bavarian Bier Cafe, also on the top floor.


Friday, 6 May 2011

From paddock to plate

Want to know more about what you are putting into your mouth when you dine out?

You're not alone as a growing group of chefs, including Alastair McLeod at Bretts Wharf, Tom Moore at Grazing outside Canberra and Cameron Matthews at Spicers Clovelly at Maleny respond to the demand.

Here's a story I wrote on the subject for May/June edition of Tiger Tales, the inflight magazine for Tiger Airlines. 

Please note the Real Food Festival dates were moved back to September after this story had gone to print. It is now on September 10 - 11.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

The Lemony Cupcake

I am truly a sucker for a pretty cupcake but it has to be simple.

Not for me the highly decorated, over-the-top decorations that look too special to eat.  I prefer mine simple and stylish but oh-so-pretty.

When Coby Liddell delivered me some of her Lemony Cupcakes ordered for a girlfriend’s birthday lunch I was hooked.

The sweet pink petals, glistening silver ball centres and pure white icing topped a caramel mudcake base – a stunning combo of my faves.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Burning ears at Noosa Food & Wine Festival

I’m seriously looking forward to the Audi Noosa Food and Wine Festival from May 13 to 15.

The festival is a great melee of lunches and dinners, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings from some of Australia’s most iconic vineyards, lifestyle discussions, music and food tastings from some of Noosa’s best restaurants.

Drifting to Brookwater


Few could forget the television footage of Drift, the restaurant, floating down the Brisbane River during the recent floods.

Now it is to live again at Brookwater, courtesy of a former regular customer and Springfield developer, Maha Sinnathamby.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Kooroomba Lavender Farm, Boonah




It was time to brush the cobwebs off the motor bike over Easter and head out of Brisbane into the beautiful Scenic Rim.

We started down the highway towards Beenleigh in beautiful autumn sunshine and stopped for a coffee at The Outpost Cafe at Canungra.  This is a well known bikies hangout but don't expect too much in the way of chains and dreadlocks - it's more favoured by the middle aged bikie enjoying the freedom of the road second time round.

The road less travelled is always our favoured route for this type of outing and we back tracked through Rathdowney before reaching our destination for the day, Kooroomba Lavender Farm about 65 minutes from Brisbane in the Scenic Rim at Mt Alford near Boonah.

Autumn is not the premium time for viewing either the vineyard or the lavender but the view across the valley to the mountains was still outstanding.  The building has a New Zealand lodge feel to it with plenty of stone walls both inside and outside, complimented by timber and exposed concrete floors.  Chic and minimal, the
decor lets the view star.




There's a cellar door, restaurant and lavender shop all overlooking the six hectare vineyard and lavender farm.

The menu is upmarket so don't expect cheap and cheerful here. Instead set out to enjoy yourself with the well crafted menu and try some of the  Kooroomba wines as well.

Our choices on the day were

hand crafted breads with extra virgin olive oil, za-atar spice blend and chutney

breast of lamb, crisp parmesan gnocchi, leeks and a ragout of broad bean, mushrooms and lardons.

Home made toulouse sausage, olive oil braised provencal vegetables and pan fried polenta

Main sized serve of the sauteed forest mushroom risotto with truffled goats creme, pine nuts and baby spinach


I chose breast of lamb with crisp parmesan gnocchi, leeks and a ragout of broad beans, mushrooms and lardons.  It was excellent and I particularly enjoyed the crisp gnocchi.

We sampled a glass of Kooroomba wine with our mains choices and I enjoyed the lightly oaked chardonnay.  I'd like to see some wine match suggestions on the menu and also some hints as to the origin of the fabulous produce - wouldn't it be great if it was local!

A quick visit to the lavender gift shop saw us leave with a few purchases and full stomachs. Unfortunately looming rain clouds made us leave before a stroll through the lavender and vineyard which looked extremely inviting.

Bottom line: A great day out, scenic location and good food.

Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm
168 F.M. Bells Road Mt Alford via Boonah 5463 0022

Kerry Heaney
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