Easter Hot Cross Buns

MERRY EASTER! Hot cross buns have already hit supermarket shelves

While most of us are still raiding the fridge eating Christmas Day leftovers, our supermarkets are busy baking Easter treats.

Yes you read that right, Easter…

The Christmas tree may still be up, but apparently it’s time to start thinking about the next holiday, with Hot Cross buns already on shelves across the country.

Coles has officially kicked off the hot cross bun war, launching a limited edition Vegemite hot cross bun in partnership with Bega Cheese.

While the much-loved original hot cross buns hit shelves as soon as Boxing Day, the new savoury treats will be making their first appearance today at more than 700 stores across the country.

Coles General Manager of Bakery, Deli and Seafood Andy Mossop said the mashup of the two iconic Aussie favourites was a no-brainer.

“We know how much our customers love hot cross buns, and we know how much they love VEGEMITE, so we decided to merge these two icons to create a delicious, savoury spin on hot cross buns that champions iconic Aussie flavours,” he said.

“Our teams have put a lot of time and work into fine-tuning the recipe to ensure we have the perfect flavour profile so the signature VEGEMITE savouriness shines through in a way we know our customers are going to love.”

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The limited-edition hot cross buns are infused with vegemite and parmesan and finished with a tasty cheese topping.

Mr Mossop said they’re “best toasted and slathered with butter or grilled toasted sandwich style with lots of melty cheese”.

Woolworths is yet to reveal when their hot cross buns will hit stores, or what varieties they will have on offer this year.

“Our team has been baking up some exciting new flavours as part of our hot cross buns range this year, and we’re looking forward to delivering customers indulgent and innovative treats to help close off 2021,” a Woolworths spokesperson said.

“We encourage customers to keep an eye for an Australian-first exclusive announcement over the coming days.”

FOOD RECALL | Popular ice-cream pulled from freezers

Supermarket giant ALDI has issued an urgent recall for a popular ice-cream sold in several states.

The Indulge Butterscotch Pear Gourmet Ice Cream (1 Litre) has been pulled from freezers due to incorrect allergy information.

“The recall is due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (peanut) due to use of incorrect packaging,” the recall notice said.

“Any consumers who have a peanut allergy or intolerance may have a reaction if the product is consumed”.

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The ice-cream, which has a best before date of 09/05/2023, has been available for sale at ALDI stores in QLD, NSW and the ACT.

Anyone with a peanut allergy or intolerance is being told not to consume the product and to return it to any ALDI store for a full refund.

Further information on the ice-cream recall can be found here.

WATCH: See inside the incredible Harris Farm Markets Gold Coast store

Grocery shopping has reached a whole new level, with Harris Farm Markets now open at Capri on Via Roma.

With the freshest fruit and veg from local farmers, more than 500 cheeses, a premium butcher, fishmonger, and even a bread waterfall, it’s a one stop shop for all of your produce and pantry needs.

“The thing about Harris Farm is we make shopping extremely enjoyable. It’s not a task. We always say it’s more market than supermarket,” store manager Matthew Shipley told myGC.

Take a look inside the store in the video below:

As for what what shoppers can expect – here’s a little taste:

  • FRUIT & VEG – more than 500 fruit & veg lines including organics. Some local fruit and veg favourites are gourmet mushrooms from Little Acre in Brisbane, strawberrys from the Sunshine Coast & Caboolture, Toowoomba avocados, as well as crisp lettuces and celery from Redland.
  • CHEESE BOARDWALK – more than 500 cheeses, including a range of vegan and local stars Barambah, Woombye, Olympus and Casa Motta among others.
  • BREAD SOCIAL – the famous Bread Social from Tweed Heads and Byron Bay will be baking fresh breads and pastries from the mezzanine level above, before cascading their goods down to customersvia a conveyor belt.
  • MILK ON TAP – Queensland’s multi-award-winning Maleny Dairy, Barambah Organics milk from the QLD/NSW border region, and Almond Milk from Mandole Orchard on Tap.
  • HONEY ON TAP – the Gold Coast’s famous and family-owned BioSota Manuka honey will literally be liquid gold in the store, with four taps allowing customers to our their own!
  • NUT BUTTERS – self-serve Almond, Peanut and Cashew Butter. Customers can choose the nuts and make the nut butter in store, with nothing else added.
  • PLANT-BASED RANGE – more than 150 plant-based products including Bite Me Fine Foods, Golden Falafel, Suzy Spoon, The Green Lion, Veglicious Kitchen and Wildly Good.
  • NUTS & HEALTH FOOD – a range of almost 50 nuts and seeds, and more than 16 health foods including the organic pioneers Naked Byron Foods and Farmer Jo, both from Mullumbimby.
  • LOOSE COFFEE & TEA – a range of loose coffee beans from locals Lund Coffee Roaster as well as 20 loose teas.
  • PROPER MEAT BUTCHER – home to 9 in-house butchers who believe in doing things the proper way by offering cut to order meats (encouraging nose – to – tail consumptions) from livestock sourced locally including Spring Grove Fresh Food Company based in Casino and Hobbs Organic Chicken farm in Pittsworth.
  • FISH IN THE FAMILY – A traditional Aussie fishmonger with a passion for quality and sustainable seafood, owned and operated by the Papacosta Family since 1976. Some local favourites coming into season are wild barramundi from Far North Cairns, Great Barrier Reef coral trout as well as fresh tiger prawns from the Goldie, just in time for summer.
  • LOCAL STARS – some of South East Queensland’s leading food names in Roza’s Sauces, Frozen Sunshine Ice Blocks, Sweet Nectar desserts, My Berries and edible flowers, among many others.

Mr Shipley told myGC the family owned and operated business also have a great initiative called ‘Imperfect Picks’.

“It’s either larger or smaller fruit that farmers would normally turn into the soil but they sell it to us, and we pass it on to the customer at up to 5o percent cheaper.”

Harris Farm Markets is open 7 days a week from 6am to 9pm at Capri on Via Roma. To find out more, visit: harrisfarm.com.au/

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by Harris Farm Markets.



Maccas launches summer with a brand new McFlurry flavour

Hold the press, phone, door and more, the world has to stop for a second because Maccas is bringing out a new McFlurry!!!

The gods of the golden arches have decided it’s time to mix it up for summer, and they’re kicking it off with a TIM TAM MCFLURRY.

It’s a menu item worthy of a red carpet rollout, but we’re being told this is just the beginning.

Maccas is launching a couple of months worth of menu items and collaborations in what’s been dubbed the biggest summer campaign yet.

Our only question is: if we’ve STARTED with the Tim Tam McFlury… my, oh my, what is next?!

“At Macca’s, we believe great combinations make summer so special, whether that’s sun and surf, friends and family, or TimTam and McFlurry,” Marketing Director Tim Kenward said.

“We’re so excited to kick-start our summer campaign by introducing one of our most iconic flavour combinations, giving Aussies a delicious dessert to enjoy with loved ones this summer.”

Tim Tam McFlurry begins from December 1 and will last through to February.

Apparently, it’s actually already exclusively available from Uber Eats.

See inside the Star Gold Coast’s new restaurant, Uncle Su

The Star Gold Coast will soon have several new dining and entertainment venues for locals and tourists to enjoy, with the first one now open!

Uncle Su has officially opened its doors to the public, offering a delicious blend of Cantonese style favourites with a selection of signature Beijing and Szechuan dishes.

The restaurant is affectionately named after Executive Chef Song Yao Su, with the menu inspired by his cultural heritage and authentic Chinese family traditions.

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Chef Song’s signature Peking Duck is a must-try, while other menu highlights include clams served in Chef Song’s secret XO sauce and a specialty Dim Sum menu full of beloved classics like Char Siu Bao and Siu Mai which are handmade to order each day.

Chef Song said each dish is made with considered precision and the finest locally-sourced produce.

“Just as I grew up eating and cooking with my own family, my dishes at Uncle Su are uncomplicated and authentic, making the most of the amazing seafood and produce that Queensland has to offer,” Chef Song said.

“Whether you’re relaxing in the lounge bar, gathering with loved ones in a booth or taking a seat at the kitchen counter, I’m so excited to be extending my family’s dinner table to friends, old and new.”

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Tea will also be an integral part of the Uncle Su experience, with a dedicated tea connoisseur on hand to guide diners through the extensive menu and provide insight into the deep history, traditions and flavours of the tea.

The contemporary dining area, designed by Plus Architecture, features Chinese design elements and bespoke handcrafted materials like oversized lanterns, a golden money tree and koi fish motifs, all bathed in a sea of red, gold, cool ocean blue and jade green.

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Uncle Su also offers 5 private dining rooms seating up to 12 guests allowing for a more intimate and personal dining experience, as well as a semi private room that can be booked for functions up to 36 guests.

Uncle Su is open for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Sunday. To find out more, visit: star.com.au/goldcoast/restaurants/uncle-su