Bait to Plate

Kev Collins

Well known Restauranter and co-owner of Fish D'vine & The Rum Bar in Airlie Beach. When Kev's not working he's out fishing in the amazing food bowl of the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park or in his tinnie in the estuaries crabbing! His blog imparts wisdom, tales and info on all things fishing and food.

A Sea of Red

My fisherman are due back in this afternoon with a great catch of deep water “Red Fish” and Jamie from the Prickly Pineapple has just sent me of photo of the best Vine Ripened local tomatoes he has had all year. My first job was actually picking tomatoes, far too many years ago, it was good hard manual labour and looking back, a really great experience, but I do know most tomatoes are picked very green so that they have sufficient shelf life for packing, cold storage and transport. Tomatoes ripened on the vine, in the field, take on a flavour and aroma so intense that it is almost like a different species to what we get in the supermarkets. Everyone who travels to Italy always talks about the smell and flavour of the tomatoes. If you want to know what that actually is, but can’t afford to go to Italy, head to the Prickly Pineapple, or come to the bait to plate lunch. Tomatoes and fish are a great combination and I will come up with something which gives us a true taste of just how good a combination our local fisherman and local vegetable growers can produce. I am working on my menu now and will post it tomorrow after I view the catch and pick out the stars for the show.