Food 2012, the first 21 days

Already in only three weeks I have eaten some fantastic things, most
notably the Blueberry Crumble Souffle with White Chocolate Mousse at
Verve (Broadbeach Waters) last night. My God, what a stunning thing,
crunchy-topped then your spoon dipped into warm lusciously light eggy
berry soufflé before scooping up a little of the accompanying white
chocolate mousse. Marriage made in heaven as they say! The day before,
also on the Gold Coast though in a restaurant caught in a time-warp, I
ate garlic snails as a starter – and they were fantastic too! Big and
juicy as I slipped each out of its shell and into my mouth then soaked
the baguette slices in the pools of golden garlicky melted butter.
Shame the rest of the meal did not live up to them. Then there was the
already documented duck sauce courtesy of Gwyneth Paltrow out of which
I achieved two dinner parties and a solitary Tuesday night meal.  And
I loved all the dishes we ordered at the Thai restaurant in Mullum at
the Golf Club, even the somewhat dry pork belly in its zesty salad – I
so rarely eat Asian food and I  had forgotten the freshness of herbs
and red chillies and those creamy coconutty sauces to absorb the rice.
So tonight it’s poached eggs on toast, to bring me back to earth…

About victoria

Author of the gastro-memoir 'Amore&Amaretti: A Tale of Love an Food in Tuscany', I am a Byron Shire-based food and travel writer, food columnist, cooking teacher, recipe editor and chef. Born in Canberra, ACT, I have a BA in languages although am only really passionate about the Italian one, in which I am fluent, having spent four years in Tuscany in my late twenties, and returning reasonably frequently ever since. Despite that, my partner of many years, a wonderful artist, clothes designer and aged carer, is half-Greek!
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