Corn and Zucchini Fritters Recipe, The Shack Café Mudgeeraba

There’s nothing like a local coffee shop to make you feel at home. You know the sort of place, where you’re greeted by name and the barista says, “Want your usual?” You start chatting about the weather, footy, kids…anything you have in common… Local cafés have become a meeting place where coffee culture meets social […]

Pumpkin Scones from Ida’s Kitchen

Pumpkin scones, made famous by Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s wife Flo, were once synonymous with Queensland country baking. Now, they are undergoing a resurgence at the hands of Ida’s Kitchen Head Pastry Chef Elsa Holland, inspired by pumpkin pie on a recent trip to the United States. When you visit Ida’s Kitchen, the bright new café on […]

Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday

One of Easter’s celebration days, Shrove Tuesday, celebrated this year on 5 March, has unusual beginnings. Also known as Pancake Day, it began as a way to use up the luxury ingredients in the household ready for people to fast during Lent. Eggs and milk (prized items in poorer times) combined with some flour make […]

Chanoya’s Matcha Muffin recipe

It’s the Matcha chocolate ganache tart that gives it away – a pretty little pie case filled with two shades of green chocolate filling… We may be in Southport suburbia, but we’ve just stumbled upon a well-respected chef in a most unexpected locale. ‘Chanoyu’, meaning ‘a gathering of people to enjoy food and coffee together’, […]

Hot Shott’s Sweetcorn fritters with smashed avocado and eggs

Gold Coast café culture has done well from the downward shift in fine dining culture. Hot Shott is no exception, with owners Chef Kellie Rolfe and barista Jenna Finch leaving Palazzo Versace to open their own business in Main Beach in 2016. Named after their chocolate-lined waffle espresso cup, this ‘play on words’ café bears […]

Coffee Sisters’ Date & Orange Scones recipe

In a tiny clutch of shops on Monaco Street you’ll find the hugely popular Coffee Sisters café owned by Kylie Jennings. Favoured by fitness-oriented clientele and locals, it’s a place that encourages us to take a stop on the road, enjoy a slower pace, sip great coffee and eat healthy food. Dining alfresco, there’s plenty […]