I know there’s a lot of posts that I have put up on here which are filled with colourful language, they promote partying and all things unhealthy; This post however, comes from a place that is deep within my heart and I know that there are so many other people who will be able to relate to this. Only a few months ago, I was told that I need to change my diet entirely as I had affected my heath in the worst way possible from guzzling everything that came into view. Since, I have stayed pretty low key (which is why you you have all seen Lewis and Chris attend most of our bookings), and have avoided most food places as I can’t eat any of the things I used to love eating.
When Happy Organic Kitchen sent us an invite, I naturally assigned it to Lewis, “I am not going to be able to eat anything anyway”, I told myself. Lewis took his lovely girlfriend Krystle along with him; She has very similar intolerance’s to myself and reading her thoughts on the venue created a stir within my heart. I have embedded the thread from her Instagram post below:
I honestly can’t remember the last time I had a pie. I eat very clean and most pies are basically full of nasties ?(to put it nicely), even vegan and gluten free ones ? Today was SUCH a treat for me! @lewislovestoeat ? + I went and saw the lovely Sammy and Laurent from @organichappykitchen for breakfast at @northeystorganicmarket ? Vibrant and gracious chef Laurent (having worked no less than 25 years in restaurants and hotels ?), decided to dial in people’s smiles by delighting them with organic food ? The stall has been at Northey Street about a year now and each time I’ve had the chance to visit the markets since, they’ve had a considerable lineup (600+ pies sold just this WEEK). It really never crossed my mind that they would have something for me, but Laurent certainly took care of us! I was spoiled with a lovingly made vegetable pie that was completely organic, vegan, and gluten-free! ? The crust, made simply from chickpea flour, olive oil, salt and water (by means of a quite involved process, as I was to understand) was perfectly crumbly, but moist, and the veggie-medley filling was fresh, wholesome and tender. Nothing greasy, no cheap or questionable ingredients ✔ Laurent related to me that he gets real joy from delighting people with his food, especially those who are gluten-free, and was determined to make gluten-free options that were special and of a high quality ? @organichappykitchen have over 50 different pies on offer, many gluten-free options (plus sausage rolls and coming soon – pizza ?), also offer seriously delicious organic homemade tomato sauces, and do online orders you can get delivered or pick up direct from the stall. It sounds dramatic, but I truly didn’t think I’d really eat a pie again, knowing how terribly overprocessed so many can be, so this was both a heart and tummy-warming treat. Simple things can really make one happy ? Thank you so much, guys ?
The last paragraph of her post is enough to make you break down in tears (I’m sure a lot of vegans can relate). “I truly didn’t think I’d really eat a pie again”, I know exactly what she means because I felt that way, hence my disappearance from the social scene. It is so good to see Laurent and Sammy from Organic Happy Kitchen, change people’s lives through food. You have given me faith again, that food businesses can create a nourishing menu and still remain profitable. The love that you both have put into your venture is evident in the final product and it is absolutely beautiful. If anything, it is a huge honour having you guys right here in Brisbane.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with their story, Laurent spent over 30 years working in Michelin starred French Restaurants and Hotels. Now you will find him serving up organic pies and omelettes in a true labour of love. They create delicious, organic foods, using seasonal products for clients with various dietary requirements. With over 50 different pies to choose from, they have something for everyone and you have my guarantee that they will be worth every dollar.
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Imagery by Brisbane Food Lovers Photographer, Lewis Lotherington
Written by: Aliyah Ravat