Food banter with Sarah from The Sugar Hit | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Food banter with Sarah from The Sugar Hit

If you ever just want to have a good drool fest, there’s one sweet blog (or cookbook if you happen to be lucky enough to have it on your shelf) that never fails to satisfy (other than our delicious self, of course). We’re talking, of course, about The Sugar Hit, the delicious creation of Brisbane-bred Sarah Coates. Although be warned – a scroll through the recipe index of this blog and you may find yourself pre-heating the oven and heading to the grocery store for ingredients. It’s not just desserts either; you’ll find plenty of bites for the savoury lovers! We just had to find out more about what goes on behind the scenes of such a scrumptious site, so we had a chat to Sarah about her love of cooking and how many cupcakes she really eats. Blogger, author, photographer, stylist, chef – you wear quite a few hats! What do you spend the majority of your days getting up to? All of the above! Except, teeeeeechnically I’m not a chef (never did dat apprenticeship!). So on any given day you might find me testing recipes in my kitchen, styling on a set, shooting on the road, or tearing my hair out in front of my computer trying to find something new to say about sandwiches…just kidding, I’ll never run out of things to say about sandwiches. When was the first time you stepped into a kitchen? Before I can remember – my mum was definitely the type to have the kids in the kitchen. Her favourite way to keep us occupied while she made dinner was just to hand us a carrot and a butter knife and let us go to town hacking away on the kitchen bench. Smart lady. What inspired your love of food? In all honesty I have no clue. I’ve been food obsessed since I was tiny. My favourite picture book was called ‘Piccolo Pepperoni’s Perfect Pizza’. As an adult I’m baffled by people who don’t love food. Taste is a full fifth of the ways we can experience the world (the others being sight, sound, smell and touch), who wouldn’t want to take full advantage? And here on Earth, we have such exquisite foods as doughnuts; it would be insane not to get stuck in. Being surrounded by food all day sounds like a dream come true to us, but fess up: how many sweet treats and bowls of batter and icing do you really wind up eating on a weekly basis? In order to answer this question, I would have to face up to the reality myself. And that’s just not something I’m ready to do. Needless to say, it’s scary, and I palm off baked goods onto literally anyone who comes to my house. the sugar hit interview 2Out of all the wildly creative sweets that you’ve come up with, what’s your favourite? I mean, you know this is an impossible question to answer, right? My latest favourite would have to be this MAGIC Strawberry Rhubarb Pie from about a month ago. The combination of spices and fruit in the filling was just insanely delicious and the pastry was a buttery, flaky joy.  Are there any Australian producers, suppliers or thinkers that are really inspiring you at the moment? Ugh, yes. Australia is en fuego with food talent at the moment. Gelato Messina is my dream collaboration at the moment (you hear my Messina? Hit me up when that Brisbane store opens!). But also Adriano Zumbo is a genius and I love Barambah Dairy, Pepe Saya butter, Taylor & Colledge Vanilla, and there’s a cocoa and hot chocolate company called Grounded Pleasures out of Victoria which is a new favourite. Has your culinary experimentation ever resulted in disaster? Hahahahahahahahahahahah…yes. So much yes. What’s the cooking tool you couldn’t live without? This sounds so snotty, but it’s my Kitchenaid. I bake a lot (obvs), so that sucker gets a workout. If we took a peek in your fridge at home, what would we find? More butter than you’ve ever seen in one place, pickles, six kinds of mustard, a few nubs of cheese, and a bunch of capsicums (had a craving for capsicum last time I was at the shops). Aaaaaaand a triple layer cookies and cream cake. If you could cook for one person in the world, who would it be? Nigella Lawson or Dolly Parton – impossible to decide. Where would we find you when you’re not in the kitchen? Reading cookbooks / eating burgers with my boyfriend / playing with my dog / lying on the couch watching all of Broad City again and again and again… What do you think of the Brisbane food scene right now? I think it’s better than it’s ever been, to be honest. Especially for cheap-to-mid-price dining, there are endless options. And I’m a fan of cheap-to-mid-price food, so that works out great. Where/what was the last great meal you ate in Brisbane? I’ve been to Julius Pizzeria in Fish Lane about 3 times in the last month, and I’ve yet to eat anything that wasn’t completely delicious. The Bleachers for the fried chicken burger is another killer choice, and for breakfast it’s all about the pastries, either from Crust and Co in Wilston, or Flour and Chocolate at Morningside. Also the fries at Botero are freaking amazing. Have you got anything delicious in the pipeline for the future? I’m working on a second cookbook! You can check out my first one here. The details for book two are still under wraps for now, but I’m super excited about it. And I’m also scouting locations for a pop-up shop, hopefully before the end of the year. So if you know any hot spots shout me out! Sarah Coates | The Sugar Hit