Sis­ters are do­ing it for them­selves

Tweed Daily News - - LIFE - Marj Os­borne is an in­de­pen­dent food com­men­ta­tor. Find her re­views on www.food­gold­coast.com.au Con­tact her at [email protected]

IN a tiny clutch of shops on Monaco Street in Broad­beach Waters, you’ll find the hugely pop­u­lar Cof­fee Sis­ters café owned by Kylie Jen­nings.

Favoured by fit­ness-ori­ented clien­tele and lo­cals, it’s a place that en­cour­ages us to take a stop on the road, en­joy a slower pace, sip great cof­fee and eat healthy food.

Din­ing al­fresco, there’s plenty of park­ing nearby, a play area for the kids, bike racks and a dog tie up area to en­cour­age a range of pa­trons.

One of Cof­fee Sis­ters’ main draw­cards is the cof­fee, their own award-win­ning “Sorella” blend, (‘sis­ter’ in Ital­ian), roasted by Di Bella Cof­fee in Bris­bane.

The other draw­card is chef Pa­trick Har­ris’ food. With a culi­nary back­ground in large New Zealand ho­tels plus his own cater­ing busi­ness, he came to the coast af­ter be­ing Head Chef at Jamie’s Ital­ian, Perth.

The café’s food falls neatly into the ‘healthy eat­ing’ cat­e­gory: nu­tri­tious meals with a few treats thrown in along the way.

Free-range eggs and sour­dough bread are both or­ganic, meals are gen­er­ous, and made to or­der from fresh in­gre­di­ents. There are treats to en­joy with cof­fee, such as Pa­trick’s date and or­ange scones, which he says he adapted from a ‘Lit­tle & Fri­days’ recipe.

He’s shared it with us, or you can pop in on a Thurs­day or Fri­day to try one with a cof­fee. Date and Or­ange Scones

3 cups self-rais­ing flour

150g but­ter

2 dessert­spoons sugar

Pinch salt 1 tsp all­spice

Zest of an or­ange

½ cup nat­u­ral yo­ghurt 150ml milk, ap­prox­i­mately

1 cup pit­ted dried dates, chopped

Method

1.Com­bine flour, sugar, salt, all­spice and or­ange zest. (You could use le­mon zest in­stead.)

2.Rub the but­ter through the mix­ture. It doesn’t have to be too fine.

3.Add chopped dates. Mix through. 4.Add wet in­gre­di­ents (yo­ghurt and milk). 5.Turn out onto a lightly floured bench. 6.With soft hands, barely com­bine to­gether. Form an ob­long shaped piece but do not over­work.

7.Put onto bak­ing tray lined with bak­ing pa­per. Cut knife through into six equal square pieces.

8.Bake in mid­dle of pre­heated oven at 180 de­grees for 25 – 30 min­utes.

9.Serve with but­ter, jam and cream. Makes 6 large or 8 aver­age-sized scones.

Find Cof­fee Sis­ters at 110 Monaco Street, Broad­beach Waters, ph: 07 5538 5655

En­joy fresh cof­fee with date and or­ange scones at the Cof­fee Sis­ters.

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