Well and Good are an allergy aware company which makes a number of products which are free from gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, tree nuts and peanuts. I decided to road test their muffin mix. It was easy to use and all you needed to add was some water, two eggs and some oil of your choice. I added some frozen blueberries for flavour, but you could use raisins, chocolate chips or another chopped fruit.
The muffins were easy to mix up and put into a medium muffin tray with liners. The muffins tasted divine just out of the oven and were still good a few days afterwards. There is an option on the box to make gluten free waffles.
I was lucky to be able to spend a day and half at the Brisbane Good Food and Wine Show. Friday was nice and quiet and I was able to get into some masterclasses. Saturday was busier and some of the sessions I wanted to go to were booked out, so it pays to book early.
In the Celebrity Theatre I caught the always delightful Maggie Beer and the cheeky Anna Gare. I paced myself trying wines in the Riedel Wine Theatre. Then I sampled some new cheese in Cheese Alley. I also watched Bella in the Chopping Block.
One of the highlights was meeting Miguel Maestre in the Chef’s Table. He was entertaining and humorous.
I ate a tasting plate of three course allergy friendly Bulletproof menu. It was totally vegetarian and Italian themed. Instead of pasta, Miguel used a lettuce leaf and zucchini spaghetti in a creative way. I learnt a handy tip – that his mama used to say “one garlic clove per person”.
Later I attended the wine tasting Riedel masterclass, where we sampled six regional Australian wines. I was impressed by variety of wine tasted and the good value with the gift pack of glasses and a bottle of wine.
The cheese tasting experience was interesting. I learnt that mozzarella in Italy is always eaten the day it is made. I particularly liked the Tuckers Natural caramelised onion crackers.
At the end of the day, I attended the Nespresso coffee tasting journey. I quickly picked up how to use the machine and we tried four different coffee pods, including an affogato – decaf on Movenpick vanilla ice cream.
Maggie Beer’s new icecream – malted milk and chocolate biscuit wins the best food sample in my book.
Overall an enjoyable way to spend a day exploring and tasting your way around some of Queensland and Australia’s best food and wine producers.
Thank you Square One PR for inviting me to be a guest at the Good Food and Wine Show.