Independent and FREE - 2021 Best Online Publication

Sami: the humble dip is having a renaissance

Independent and FREE – 2021 Best Online Publication (Qld Country Press)

Sami: the humble dip is having a renaissance


Sami Muirhead dives into the wild and wonderful world of dips - and names her favourites

Do you have a news tip? Click here to send to our news team.

Sun’s out, bums out: when nude bathing boiled over

To bare or not to bare was the big question on the Sunshine Coast during the early summer of 1987. Nude and topless bathers raised More

Mums give volunteering a wonderful new flavour

A group of hardworking mothers from a Sunshine Coast school have joined forces to serve families in need. About 30 parents and care-givers from Siena More

Game on: Qld-first program takes students to next level

The designers of one of the world's most popular games have formed a Queensland-first partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast. Epic Games named More

Jane Stephens: why everyone deserves a second chance

Second chances give us a shot at being stronger, better and more together. Some come after mistakes or missteps, others after cruel blows that were More

352 fines: pensioner’s fury as Noosa clamps down on ‘illegal camping’

A pensioner couple is furious for being treated "like criminals" in Noosa Council’s crackdown on illegal camping that has seen hundreds of fines issued. Eddie More

Electric new pathway to the NRL for Coast schoolboys

The region's best young rugby league players have a new pathway to the NRL, thanks to a school's new partnership with a powerhouse club. An More

Dip. It is one of my favourite words, and one of my favourite pastimes.

I refer to the gooey snack best smothered on Jatz crackers or stuffed generously into a cob loaf that will delight your digestive system.

The humble dip is having somewhat of a renaissance, with many fancy recipes doing the rounds, just in time for December.

What is a Christmas get-together without a litter of Eskies, some sliced up mangoes, plenty of ice in your wine, and a dip or two on a platter?

My friend sent me a recipe for an artichoke dip with fennel and rosemary pickled radish. No thanks!

My mum keeps trying to tell me my life is not complete until I whip up her new roasted carrot with hummus dip.  Mum. I love you. But it’s too fancy.

Give me a good old-school corn relish dip any day. I know the corn of the relish is controversial, but I am a basic bogan at heart, even if I pretend otherwise.

Help keep independent and fair Sunshine Coast news coming by subscribing to our free daily news feed. All it requires is your name and email. See SUBSCRIBE at the top of this article.

The humble cob loaf ensures smiles all around. Picture: Shutterstock.

There are two more dips to round out my top three of all-time list. They are the cob loaf. 

Yes, that trusty barbecue staple of the ’80s that to this day ensures smiles all round. If your friend avoids gluten and white fluffy mounds of bread, then you need to find some new ones.

I teach my kids the rules of life when we share a cob loaf. The Hunger Games commence when it comes to who eats the last morsels of the dip and bread.

The smallest kid is not shown any mercy. There is no ladies-before-gents rule. Nope! It is an all-out family fight to stuff your greedy face with cob greatness.

And the best dip of all is of course the seven-layer Mexican dip.

Bravo! It contains the seven food groups of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, fibre and water.

Okay. Perhaps a Mexican dip doubles down on the fat and carb components and doesn’t have vitamins and minerals. But you know what it does have? Sour cream. Corn chips. And five more layers to make the crankiest of critics feel full of sunshine.

So, turn back time this festive season with some dips from the golden decades.