How to get 'endless flavour' without adding calories to food
FROM building houses to constructing complex flavours, a Hendon builder is breaking culinary grounds with a "one-of-a-kind" product designed to boost flavour while cutting back on calories.
Taking a creative twist on what chefs around the world consider the single most important ingredient in cooking, Mathew Atherton and his wife Rachael have started a new line of gourmet salts and peppers.
Mr Atherton said the product was "unique".
"It's pretty much an original concept. There is absolutely nothing out there like it," he said.
With out-of-the-box combinations like apple brandy pepper or saffron and fennel flavoured salt, Mrs Atherton said the product was designed to make gourmet cooking accessible to everyone.
"My wife and I both enjoy experiencing wonderful foods, which is the incentive for getting into all this and giving people something great to experience without the hassle," he said.
The line of gourmet salts and peppers is also marketed as a way to get full flavour into your cooking without adding extra calories.
"Going on a diet usually means you have to really limit your range of flavours," Mrs Atherton said.
"That's why we did it, really. It's also great for bodybuilders or anyone who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle."
Warwick dietician Elia Faa said flavoured salts and peppers were a great addition to the pantry but consumers should be mindful of their sodium intake.
"Things like fresh herbs, lemon and vinegar also add flavour to food."
Appearing at the Warwick Uber Markets for the first time on Saturday, Mr Atherton said the business idea had been in the pipeline for years but had only just come to fruition in the last six months.
Still operating his building business in full capacity, a little help from children Belinda and Brendan was appreciated as they boasted a wide range of different products.
"The flavour combinations are endless. If anything we've had to wind it back," he said.
"Today's most popular one has probably been the tomato salt."
The full range of Gourmet Salts and Peppers can be found online at gourmetsaltsandpeppers.com.au.