How do crispy risotto cakes with chicken and mushroom sauce sound? What about cauliflower steaks with olive, herb and chilli tapenade? Moroccan meatballs with herb couscous? Gnocchi with roast vegetables and horseradish sauce?
These are just a handful of the delectable winter-inspired delights you can learn how to cook at the Tastes of the Village event. This free five-day fiesta of cooking demonstrations, food tastings and recipe giveaways is being held at Toowong Village which has just completed stage one of a planned $50 million transformation.
Cooking demonstrations using fresh seasonal produce from centre retailers will be held from May 26 to 30 everyday. These will be hosted by a team led by food promoter and presenter Carmel Carmichael. Other dishes set to be showcased include eggplant parmigiana stacks, mushroom bruschetta with chevre cheese, beef stroganoff and Italian-style chicken fillets.
On the final day of the Tastes of the Village event, there will be a guest appearance from naturopath and author of The Lunchbox Revolution Mona Hecke. She will be sharing recipes from her book, dispensing nutritional advice and sharing tips on how to pack blockbuster lunchboxes.
Hecke believes it's time to change our approach to food. "Let's ditch the wrappers from school lunchboxes and give our kids a great tasting lunchbox packed with healthy and delicious treats they will love," she says with trademark ebullience. "Not only will we be saving the environment from excessive plastic wrapping but we will also make a difference to our children's health, while reducing childhood obesity, diabetes, allergies and other chronic conditions."