Archive for February, 2010

Food Connect – Week 1 & 2

A couple of weeks ago I signed up for Food Connect (http://www.foodconnect.com.au/ ).

Food Connect is an award winning social business that works in collaboration with brilliant local farmers around Brisbane to deliver the best food in the world efficiently, affordably and equitably. Our unique distribution system is flexible, convenient and most of all healthy for you and your community. We are passionate about changing the way food is grown and distributed in this and any country where exploitation of farmers and customers is rampant.

What I love about Food Connect and what prompted me to join is that the food is organic and local, which means I know I’m not getting any GM food and that more of the money I’m spending is getting to the farmers who work so hard to produce such lovely food.

I’m really excited about it and I’m getting the gourmet box which is a mix of vegetables and fruits. The produce you get is seasonal and you don’t always know what you’re going to get so I’m expecting it will really broaden the range of dishes I cook. I can’t wait to explore new vegetables or fruit that I haven’t eaten before or that I haven’t cooked before. I think it will also be a good way to get more fruit and vege in our diet.

Ham & Cheese Croissant

Yesterday I happened to be driving past Emporium in the morning and decided to stop by for a ham and cheese croissant from the Belle Epoque patisserie. Then after carefully driving out of the car park and having avoiding hitting the mercedes next to me or reversing into the Bentley parked opposite me, I snacked on the way to work.

I think it was probably the best ham and cheese croissant I’ve ever bought. It was toasty warm, but the croissant was still soft. I’m pretty certain the cheese was mozzarella and as I took my first bite a few strings of cheese pulled away. So tasty. It had the right amount of ham and I THINK there may have been something else… a sauce or mayo or something. Maybe I just have to go have another one and investigate further. ;)

I had another ham and cheese croissant today. This time from Croissant Express which I used to go to on occasion when I worked in the city. The croissant was a bit hard and very crusty, so it made a big mess when I ate it. And because they don’t toast it to order, the cheese wasn’t soft and melted anymore. It’s for speedier service I know. Also they were cheaper and if you’re in the city you probably won’t be commuting a couple suburbs over just for a croissant. But personal preference now lies with Belle Epoque.

Too bad I work 25 minutes away from Emporium. :(