Local produce a not- so- secret ingredient in cafe’s delicious dishes
Saskia highlights how great homewares and meals can combine well.
SASKIA De Paoli is a woman who appreciates quality food.
With her husband, Dean, and son, Luke, growing mini roma and cherry tomatoes through De Paoli Tomatoes, she understands the importance of using fresh, local ingredients to give meals an extra distinctive flavour.
Saskia Coffee Cake More has become quite the place to visit in Bundaberg East for those who are looking for a menu that is simple but also simply delicious.
Mrs De Paoli said she was proud to showcase so many local producers to diners from all over Australia who came to the cafe because they had heard about the fabulous fare.
“I love nothing more than grabbing fresh tomatoes from the farm to use in our cooking for 10 months of the year and using them in things such as making our own passata for our lasagnes and you cannot believe the difference in flavour,” she said.
“Add to that we use tomatoes in our bruschetta, our garden salads and even while they are in season have tomato relish for sale, which promises to have a stunning flavour.
“It is wonderful to have the opportunity to adapt our menu to suit the seasons and allow for that freshness – for example we have snow peas and pumpkins at the moment, so are able to do a beautiful pumpkin salad and pumpkin soup with a slight twist.”
Looking at the menu, Mrs De Paoli can clearly name a number of local farmers who have helped give dishes that extra kick, including local basil from Kevin Grimer to make their divine pesto sauce and sweet potatoes from Prichard Farms Moore Park Rd to make the most sensational Moroccan sweet potato salad and sweet potato bacon roll.
They also use micro herbs and gorgeous little edible flowers and strawberries from One Little Farm, while their fresh salad mix is from Allison Acres.
“We really do pride ourselves on super-fresh ingredients and keeping it easy and creating delicious, unforgettable food,” she said.
“We have continued to develop our own spin on things that the diners rave about, including our pesto eggs for breakfast created by Jenna, which is such a hit and I think it is because the pesto is made from scratch and the combination is just a winner. We have also found our yummy gourmet chicken sausage rolls are a success, while we also have our own twist on the reuben sandwich has proven extremely popular.
“Included is also our soup of the day, which changes all the time and currently is our very own fresh tomato and vegetables with gorgeous handmade chicken dumplings, which is simply a taste sensation.”
Mrs De Paoli also draws on her Dutch heritage for the cafe menu, with Dutch croquettes that she describes as gorgeous morsels consisting of a meaty ragout made into delicious balls crumbed and served with a simple side salad.
Not to forget a refreshment too, Mrs De Paoli even has her own signature juice of orange, apple and ginger to add some zest to your step.
But where Saskia Coffee Cake More truly comes into its own is in the cakes and pastries. In the cafe, Elyse continues to be an absolute whiz with cakes and makes what can only be described as the most fabulous creations.
“Her love for baking is obvious as every day there is a new whiz-bang cake on the counter, while we continue to have our favourites such as lemon drizzle, chocolate mud cake, carrot cake and yummy scones,” she said.