Recipes
Food & Drink

Celebrate the Big Cake Bake with Maggie Beer’s burnt fig jam and almond cake

No matter where you are or what you’re legally obliged to do on Monday August 25, we’re imploring you all to take a break, have a seat and hoe into a mighty slice of cake. All for a good cause, of course. Australian Red Cross turns 100 this month and so it’s only right to show our respect by baking and binge-eating for the 2014 Red Cross Big Cake Bake. One of this year’s ambassadors, the wonderful Maggie Beer, has shared her recipe for burnt fig jam and almond cake, which is sure to be a standout on any Big Cake Bake table spread. more

The Grocer
Food & Drink

Around the world in 13 urban rooftop farms

Open space in cities is shrinking and density is rising. But while living on a tiny pocket of land may be necessary, urban dwellers are also seeking a connection to nature and see empty concrete rooftops as potential greenscapes. Not only does the rooftop farm offer fresher, more nutritious food with diminished food miles, but these gardens in the sky too provide insulation for buildings and conquer the urban heat island effect. Here’s a quick glimpse at the range of rooftop farms operating around the globe to perhaps inspire your own patch. more

Coffee
Food & Drink

A glimpse at global takeaway coffee cup designs

A journey through takeaway coffee cup designs from around the globe, Coffee Cups of the World is a documentary project by New Zealand food photographer Henry Hargreaves. Always on the road, Henry found himself intrigued by the coffee cup designs he came across and the important role they play as advertising for a cafe, something that is often overlooked. Henry has so far photographed cups from Europe, United States, Australia and New Zealand, with a friend in South Africa also pitching in a few. Henry is also encouraging others to submit images of disposable coffee vessels to expand the project’s reach. Follow the journey on Tumblr and Instagram. more

The Grocer
Food & Drink

Good drinking: the top wines to savour in Brisbane

Perhaps you only drink authentic Champagne, or prefer to play a game of blindfolded lucky dip when approaching a wine list. Whether you’ve garnered a taste for vintage drops, or are simply beginning to pay a little more attention to the vineyard and grapes you choose to sup, we’ve rounded up the best wines for drinking right now in our fair city. more

Recipes
Food & Drink

Craft a stack of gluten-free chestnut crepes

Delicate, paper-thin crepes drizzled with raw honey, a slathering of fruit conserve or a few fresh banana slices are the perfect snack to nibble between meals, at breakfast or as a late-night dessert. But for those whose bellies wage war against gluten, this sweet treat can often equal significant pain. The three chefs behind Parisian restaurant and grocer No Glu have banded together to share their palate-seducing gluten-free recipes with homecooks the world over, launching their first cookbook Good Without Gluten this month. The French favourite has made a very welcome appearance in the tome, substituting regular flour for gluten-free and chestnut. Cooks are recommended to make the batter the night before and allow it to rest in the fridge overnight. more

The Grocer
Food & Drink

Agricultural excellence on show at the Ekka

The Ekka may bring bouts of overindulgence in carny food like dagwood dogs, hot chippies and fairy floss, but behind the showbags and exhilarating rides, there’s an underlying horticultural movement nestled within the carnival’s annual presence. Here’s just a taste of the green-thumbed goodness happening at the Royal Queensland Show until August 17. more

Treats
Food & Drink

Wolf down Brisbane’s moreish doughnut offerings

Whether it’s a fancy sugar-dusted, lime-curd-filled modern number, or a hot cinnamon ring of yesteryear, a dose of doughnuts does not go astray at any time of the day. We’ve rounded up a bunch of local cafes, bakeries and market stalls pumping out these popular moreish numbers. more