Tasty local produce on display in national cookbook

GYMPIE region produce will be showcased to the nation thanks to two tasty Mary Valley recipes.

The two meals are the creations of the owners of two Valley bed and breakfasts.

Malcolm Oakley and Christine Buckley from Amamoor Lodge B& B and Tanya and Tony Fisher from Melawondi Spring Retreat entered the ABC Australia Cooks competition. Both recipes were selected as part of 20 Queensland entries chosen to be featured in the national cookbook, to be released early next year.

TOP COOKS: Tanya and Tony Fisher at the Melawondi Spring Retreat.
TOP COOKS: Tanya and Tony Fisher at the Melawondi Spring Retreat. Contributed

Malcolm and Christine used local Rhodovale pork and an assortment of locally sourced fruits and herbs to make their exquisite barbecue pork with sunshine salsa.

Tanya's market veg and feta pie is also made with local produce.

Malcolm and Christine said they were excited to have their recipe selected for the book especially since it was cooked on the open fire in front of their B&B.

The duo, originally from Sydney, moved to the Valley two years ago.

They love the area and use local produce to cook special meals for their many guests.

Tanya also draws inspiration from the Valley's local produce.

Her pie incorporates seasonal vegetables, Kenilworth cheese and Cooloola Cream.

"We put a lot of love into it to make taste nice," Tanya said.

"We are very excited to have the recipe selected.

"The pie is a really good vegetarian option for our guests."

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