Bacon and eggs, mac and cheese, Nutella and anything… there are some classic food combinations that never fail to please. And Brisbanites, you’d better prepare for the next one. Nodo Donuts and Pressed Juices have joined forces to open a one-stop shop for all your healthy snack needs, and it really is a match made in heaven.
The full selection of Nodo’s ‘friendly’ donuts are on offer, as well as Pressed Juices’ raw and vegan treats and cold-pressed juices. For anyone who hasn’t tried Nodo’s donuts, there’s a hole lot to be excited about. Forget the cinnamon and the traditional sugar glaze – with flavours like Pumpkin Maple and Cha Cha Chai, these unique treats are unlike anything you’ve ever eaten before. And as they’re all gluten-free and baked not fried, everyone can go nuts for these donuts!
If you’re feeling thirsty after that delicious donut, never fear. You can grab a juice from Pressed, who are bringing a few of their fruity favourites to the store. All cold-pressed to maximise the nutritional value, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better bevvie to go with your afternoon snack.
We sat down and had a chat with Nodo’s founder, Kate Williams, and Leah Hunt, Pressed Juices South Yarra Nutritionist and Juice Recipe Developer, to find out more about their collaboration.
Kate, can you tell us a bit about your background and how you got started in the food industry?
I have always had a passion for the hospitality industry. I worked part-time in cafes while studying my Bachelor of Business, Marketing with the plan of creating a food business and brand with feel good/positive connotations. I love the creative aspects of jobs, and for me, it’s the perfect platform. – Kate
How did come to team up with Pressed Juices?
I am a massive fan of Pressed Juices. I love their products and am in awe of how the business operates. I think we were drawn together. While our brands have very different offerings, they are also very complementary, and I believe we share the same philosophies. Their tagline is “Positively Life Changing”. At Nodo, we want to change people’s lives – simply by making their day with beautiful coffee and freshly baked gluten-free donuts. We want to put the fun back into wholesome baked goods that can be enjoyed guilt-free.
Nodo Donuts is all about wholesome baked goods that are 100% gluten-free. What inspired you to start creating healthier donuts?
Nodo Donuts came about because in my early 20s I was diagnosed with coeliac disease. I used to love going to bakeries, but suddenly I was left with limited choices and I started buying what I could have rather than what I wanted. It took the fun out of food. So, two years ago, I had the brilliant idea of starting my own business – merging my love for food and marketing to create Nodo Donuts. For me, it’s about putting the fun back into wholesome baked goods.
There are some amazing donut flavours on the menu, like Strawberry, Coconut, & Hazelnut, and Pumpkin Maple. How do you come up with ideas for flavours, and which one is your favourite?
That’s my favourite part of the job – coming up with different flavour combinations and experimenting in the kitchen with my lovely, talented team. I love the Strawberry Hazelnut & Blueberry Ricotta with Lemon Cheesecake & Pistachio Crumb.
Leah, Pressed Juices are 100% natural and 100% made fresh every day. Why is it so important to use natural, fresh ingredients?
It’s really simple. By using 100% fresh, natural ingredients, we maximise not only the nutritional content but also the flavour. It’s so important to us as a company to ensure our delicious Pressed Juices products only include ingredients that promote health, and all of those beautiful disease-preventing phytochemicals found in fresh fruit and veggies that are such an integral part of keeping our bodies well.
There are so many delicious juices on offer, like Zing 3 (Pineapple, Pear, Mint, and Ginger), and The Sour Cherry (Alkaline Water, Montmorency Cherry, Nopal Cactus, Lemon Balm, and Lavender). Where do you find inspiration for your juices, and which is your favourite?
I find inspiration everywhere, but ideas usually start with a seasonal ingredient or a therapeutic action and I build from there. I focus on the nutritional benefits of each ingredient, while combining flavours that complement one another.
The artist in me is always conscious of the colour palette as well; I just have to make sure the combination of ingredients will result in a lovely vibrant colour! It’s fair to say it’s an obsession haha. But as we know, the colour pigments come from the phytochemicals in the fresh produce and each colour group carries different unique health benefits, so it’s not just about making it look pretty.
Gosh, it’s a tough one but my favourite at the moment has got to be “Purity”. It’s a seasonal smoothie combining cold pressed fennel and mandarin juice blended with leafy greens and herbs.
That sounds phenomenal! And where do you love to go for a great meal in your area?
Breakfast is by far my favourite meal to go out for. I’m spoilt for choice here in South Yarra, Melbourne, but I love popping down to Drugstore Espresso for their mouth-watering beetroot fritters.