It can’t be claimed to be a centuries old family recipe, handed down from generation to generation.
It is, however fast becoming a secret that locals in the know are passing on to friends and family across Australia.
Chris Bond, owner and Head Chef at Pomodoras on Obi Restaurant sheds a little light on his ‘not-so-secret’ ingredient. “It started when I was working at the Watergate Bay Hotel, Newquay, England in 2001, as I wanted more of a versatile dressing that would work with a multitude of dishes, just not for salads. So, when preparing the dressings, I reduce them both down considerably, so they become more like a syrup. The colour and texture is just beautiful. Many customers use them as dips when entertaining. I know when they do because within days I have their friends coming in to grab a bottle for themselves!”
Chris uses the sweet, tangy Balsamic on vegetable before roasting to caramelize, with stir-fry’s, as a dip and on salads and one customer says her kids love it on their spaghetti Bolognese!
The Orange Vincotto includes port and orange zest and is perfect with risotto, smoked salmon dishes or to lift any salad; the very popular Ginger & lime is made with local limes & fresh ginger great with seafood dishes or Asian style salads.
The two new flavours were launched in 2014 at the Maleny Real Food Festival, both have been a hit with the locals. The Sweet Chilli Balsamic great on Thai style salads or as a dip with spring rolls; The Hum honey, Rosemary & Apple, uses a local honey instead of sugar (SUGAR FREE PRODUCT) so a great product for those who are watching their sugar intake again great on any type of salad of drizzled over eggplant & feta croquettes.
“When making the dressings, I reduce them down considerably, so they become more like a syrup. The colour and texture is just beautiful. Many customers use them as dips when they’re entertaining. I know when they do because within days I have their friends coming in to grab a bottle for themselves!” Chris said.
Meet Chris and Jodi Bond
Chef/Owner Chris Bond grew up in the South West of England and has worked in many 5 star restaurants in London. He has a degree in Patisserie and enjoys sharing his knowledge of food and flavours not only to his apprentices but to the regular diners also.
“People are so interested in how they can cook similar dishes at home and I am happy to tell them a few ideas, without giving away my trade secrets.”
His wife and business partner Jodi met Chris whilst travelling in England, she also has a background of working in 5 star establishments; she has been a wedding co-ordinator in Cornwall and a Country Inn manager in Dorset. Her friendly nature and her ability to exceed customer expectations won’t get forgotten.
Chris and Jodi have now been Maleny locals for 11 years and have a successful restaurant, accommodation business which is known for its good food, location on the obi obi creek and its friendly and casual atmosphere.
The Balsamic dressings were firstly introduced into the local Maleny IGA supermarket in September 2012 and has had about a 30% growth every year since.
Together with their two children they have called Maleny home.
If you would like to find Pomodoras Balsamic range in your local IGA store just go in and ask for the product or contact Chris and Jodi at firstname.lastname@example.org and their sales team will make contact with your store.