Ginger fish to improve immunity

As COVID – 19 continues to spread worldwide, we want to ensure the well-being of our loved ones. Beyond the basics of washing our hands frequently, exercising and resting well, it is important to load up on foods that boost your immunity naturally. Here is a flavour-packed, easy to make and immunity-boosting recipe to keep […]

Pearls from the Sea: Cabukee’s Semolina dusted Calamari recipe

There are few suburbs on the Gold Coast specifically built to encourage a sense of community well-being, however Emerald Lakes is one of them. Oozing the charm of a modern European-inspired village, its centre is surrounded by a village, an 18-hole golf course and clubhouse, along with 13 kilometres of walking and bike tracks around […]

BBQ Duck with Honey Plum Sauce, Micro-Salad and Cherries

Our local Chinese-Malay restaurant, Kenny’s Malay, serves a delicious Duck salad, which we have enjoyed on many occasions. While Kenny’s sauce remains his secret, I have attempted to capture some of its flavours, translated to a dish that can be presented as an entree at a dinner party. Not able to find the microherbs I […]

Watermelon and Prawn salad with Thai dressing

The warmer weather of summertime calls for fresh, bright dishes. Moving away from winter’s comfort food, we long to stay hydrated, to feel energised though lighter eating.. It’s not uncommon to see fruit in salads, particularly peaches and nectarines. This year, watermelons have been luscious, so I developed this recipe with inspiration from two sources: […]

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 […]

Clifford’s Salt & Pepper Squid

Named after world class rower Thomas Clifford, Clifford’s Grill & Lounge in the newly launched voco Gold Coast (formerly the Watermark Hotel), is a classy open grill restaurant and upmarket city bar. One wall is dotted with Bakelite radios, overlooking the central focus of the restaurant: the ten-burner grill where chefs are on display preparing […]

Char Kway Teow, the fishermen’s meal

There are many stories behind each plate of food, from the dish’s origins to the story of the chef who’s preparing it for our table. Char Kway Teow, literally meaning ‘stir-fried ricecake strips’, was originally sold by fishermen and farmers throughout South-East Asia. At the end of a day’s work, they would fry up any […]