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Sunshine Coast top dining

Saganaki Prawns from Kingfisher Bay - recipe

Prawns are in abundance at the moment and while I like eating them just plain with a little lemon juice and a fresh baguette, this recipe sounds really interesting.

It comes from Kingfisher Bay which is located on beautiful Fraser Island.  If you haven't been to Fraser you must put it on your bucket list.

Here's why

Kingfisher Bay Resort Chef’s Saganaki Prawns Serves 2

Bush-style sizzling saganaki king prawns pan fried in garlic and olive oil, finished with white wine and fresh feta cheese.

10x green prawns
40g diced onion
40g Fetta cheese
10g Minced garlic
160 ml white wine
200ml Bush tomato nap (traditional Napoli sauce with added dried bush tomato)

Sauté onions and garlic add prawns then deglaze with white wine. Divide ingredients between two dishes and finish with bush tomato nap and fetta cheese.

Chef’s Bush Nap
100g onion
20g garlic
100g white wine
2L crushed tomatoes
100ml balsamic vinegar
50g brown sugar
150g bush tomato (dried)


Next Door Kitchen and Bar, South Bank, Brisbane.

The line up of restaurants at South Bank just keeps getting better with Next Door Kitchen and Bar as the latest addition in Little Stanley Street.

Styled on speakeasy establishments of the 1920s, Next Door has positioned itself as a cocktail bar with an emphasis on shared dining. The fit out is glamorous fit-out with smooth timber, vintage décor and mirror detailing.

Harun Gencerler, a member of the family which runs Ahmet's Turkish Restaurant right next door, has opened Next Door Kitchen as his first solo venture.

Head Chef Dean Brewer has selected a range of shared plates which tie in with the 1920s theme.

“Our menu consists of larger shared plates such as whisky beef cheeks, with creamed blue cheese polenta and smaller dishes including fresh oysters, with gin and cracked pepper vinaigrette,” Deans says.

We started the night with a fresh baguette and a combo of Pepe Saya Butter and house made sardine butter.  I loved both but I needed more bread to enjoy all the butter.

Our sha…

Samba Grill, Noosaville, Sunshine Coast

Brazillian churrasco has hit Noosa, putting a wide smile on the faces of all meat lovers, with the opening of Samba Grill on Gympie Terrace.

Churrasco (pronounced shoo-has-co) cuisine is a tradition of the South American, Guarani indigenous people and later Brazilian Gauchos (or cowboys).  Prime cuts of marinated beef, pork, lamb, chicken and seafood are skewered then grilled over organic charcoal before being carved at the table and served .

At Samba Grill the Rodizio menu also includes vegetarian dishes and Brazilian side dishes such as Brazilian black beans, rice, potato or green salad and hot potato or cassava chips, farofa (fried cassava flour with chorizo and banana) alongside traditional condiments such as Piri Piri and Malagueta Pepper Oil.

Owner and head chef, Steve Beak first became acquainted with Churrasco cuisine as a child when his grandfather, and then father operated cattle ranches in Argentina and Brazil. In 1995 Steve moved to Broome, Western Australia where he and …

5 top healthy tips for festive fun

It's Christmas and I tend to throw away all the rules and just enjoy, thinking regret will be a long way away in January.

But is there a way to indulge without all of the guilt?

Naturopath Victoria O'Sullivan says there are five top healthy practices that will help compensate for your bad habits this festive season.

Victoria says it’s okay to occasionally give in during the festive season, so long as you learn how to compensate for unhealthy choices.

“It’s hard to stay on track during the holidays," she says. "If you fall off the wagon, don’t despair. Guide your food choices with the 90/10 rule, where 90 per cent of your diet is focused on high quality nutritionally dense foods and 10 per cent is reserved for treats. Deprivation and fanatical food rules often lead to binge eating the very foods we are trying to avoid.”

Current research shows that there is strong connection between poor lifestyle choices and inflammation in the body. Inflammation is the body’s norma…

Coffee on demand - Dolce Gusto

I like my coffee strong enough to make my eyes open wide with a hit of caffeine.

It's also got to have that delicious rich coffee aroma and not too much bitterness.

My ideal?  Creamy with chocolate top notes and a nice thick crema.

While I'm also the type that needs a coffee when she needs a coffee, I have deliberately not learned how to use the espresso machine on the pantry bench.  I figure I know how to use every other appliance and tool in my house and do so with regularity for those I love.  They can make coffees for me in return - fair exchange.

But what to do when I'm the only person home and a coffee is just what I need? I'm not enough of a coffee snob to go without because I can't have a cappuccino from the corner cafe. Enter Nescafé's Dolce Gusto, a cute little machine that arrived as an early Christmas present direct from Nestle.

It sits on the bench taking very little room and is very easy to operate once you get the hang of it. Yes, reading the in…

Brisbane silly season dining - Christmas/New Year eating out

It’s the season when we love to gather together and share the love.

But sometimes it’s difficult to find a place that’s open during what’s known as ‘the silly season’.

These establishments have said they will be open between Christmas and New Year but I suggest always call first and inquire. Restaurants are notorious for changing their hours or shutting up early if there’s no trade around. Unless mentioned – assume they will probably be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. You are warned!

Want to kick up your heels on New Year’s Eve more..

Here’s the list, and yes, I’m checking it twice. Please leave a comment below if you discover a restaurant that says it will be open but isn’t, or have others to add.
Carindale Hog’s Breath

Restaurant II
Walnut Restaurant, Royal on the Park

East Brisbane Raj’s Palace Indian Restaurant

Fortitude Valley Tartufo
Belle Epoque Patisserie
Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar
Chow House

Milton Tognini's

New Farm Bar Alto


Room with Roses, Brisbane CBD

It only takes one bite to work out why people travel for 60km for a raspberry cupcake at Room With Roses.

Like everything else on their traditional menu, the cupcakes are made to a family recipe, not just a price and the full flavour of the fresh, wholesome ingredients shine through.

This inner-city sanctuary is both a hidden secret and a rite of passage. Located in the heritage-listed, leadlight adorned Brisbane Arcade, Room with Roses is one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets, a multi award-winning venue secluded just a few steps from the hustle and bustle of Queen St Mall.

It's beloved by generations and it's not uncommon to see mothers bringing their children, properly on their best behaviour, for afternoon tea with grandma.

Since taking over the venue in 2009, owner Vicki Pitts has transformed the space with high-back cane chairs and chandeliers that sit well with the art deco interior of the arcade.  Sit in The Chandelier Room and gaze out over the treetops of Adelaide Str…