OUR MAGGIE As the dust started to settle on the lavish celebrations that marked Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, another queen quietly slipped into Albany. Maggie Beer — the queen of Australian cooking — flew under the radar into our fair city at the weekend. The first Off the Record knew of her visit was a social media post on Saturday by the crew behind the Albany Farmers Market. Beer waxed lyrical about our produce and producers in the impromptu video at the markets, which are held every Saturday morning in the Advertiser carpark off Collie Street. “It’s been lovely coming to the Albany markets this morning,” Beer said with her usual warmth. “What I love is that every stallholder has actually grown what they’re selling. “There’s nothing from anywhere else and you’ve got such a variety of vegetables. “And I’ve learnt. I’ve learnt talking to stallholders, the farmers themselves. “I need to take my asparagus bed out now and start again. “You never stop learning and when you have such a tight market with such variety, you’ve got everything you need.” The national treasure stopped by Emu Point Cafe as well, where she caught up with owner Kate Marwick. “This wonderful woman has inspired me from a young age,” Marwick said on Instagram. “Meeting her today reminded me of a time in my teens when I fell in love with food and wanting to share that with my community.” Beer is pretty black and white about her likes and dislikes. Verjuice? Loves it. Hook her up to a verjuice drip. She puts it in everything, including her ice-cream. Truth be told, her affection for the product appears to border on obsession. Chili? Kill it with fire. If you’ve watched enough The Cook and the Chef, you know Simon Bryant would be in serious danger if he ever tricked Beer into eating something mildly spicy. As far as OTR can see, she made it pretty clear she liked her time in Albany. Queen Maggie — if you return to Albany, there’s an open invitation to Newspaper House on York Street. We’ll bring the verjuice.