Crocodile and spice and all things nice
IT'S been Lydia Flynn's lifelong dream to own a café serving up emu, crocodile and kangaroo with local native spices.
And after years of cooking all over the country, she is understandably excited that her dream has been realised with the opening of Dots on Cudgery, a cafe offering a gourmet bush tucker experience in Dorrigo.
Lydia's mother was from the Worimi Tribe in the Hunter Valley and, growing up with an Indian stepfather, Lydia remembers her home kitchen being mixed with Aboriginal and Indian aromas.
Her fascination with native food now includes local Dorrigo pepper berries, aniseed myrtle, davidson plums, rosellas, rye berries and macadamias in her many sauces, chutneys and desserts.
“I'm so glad we are finally able to teach others, and showcase the magnificent produce that's been here for thousands of years,” Lydia said.
Highlights on the menu are salt and pepper croc and kangaroo loin fillet in Dorrigo pepper; colourful dishes with inviting aromas that are accompanied by a curly, crisp salad and home made hand-cut potato chips.
And the ambience is just as delightful as the food - upon entering the cafe through a squeaky wire door reminiscent of nana's sleepout, diners are welcomed by homely, warm and comforting smells.
Dots on Cudgery is next to the 'bottom' pub in Cudgery Street, Dorrio and is open seven days. Visit www.bushfoodsensations.com.au or phone 6657 2304.