20 July 2020 | Raidis Estate
A traditional Spaghetti and Meatballs that is sure to delight on a cold winter’s night.
Delicious for a date night at home or to feed those hungry little mouths, you really can’t go past a delicious pasta cook up.
Pair with our Shiraz or Red Project and you are ready to rock!
What you’ll need:
¼ cup olive oil
2 large yellow onions, chopped
10 cloves garlic, minced
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
340g tomato paste
2 cans of crushed tomato
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried parsley
455g ground beef
455g ground pork
1 cup breadcrumbs
½ cup ricotta cheese
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 large eggs, beaten
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
¼ cup milk
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
1 bag of dried spaghetti
Fresh basil, chopped
Grated parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven 220°C. Set a wire rack over a baking sheet and grease with non-stick spray.
Make the marinara sauce: Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and season with salt, pepper, and the red pepper flakes. Cook until soft and caramelized, about 15 minutes.
Set aside ⅓ cup of the cooked onions and garlic for the meatballs and let cool.
Stir the tomato paste into the onions and cook until browned and aromatic, 3-5 minutes.
Add the crushed tomatoes, dried basil, dried oregano, and dried parsley. Stir together and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for at least 30 minutes.
Make the meatballs: In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, ground pork, reserved onion and garlic mixture, breadcrumbs, ricotta, parsley, eggs, Parmesan, milk, salt, and pepper. Mix with your hands until well combined.
Shape meat into balls.
Bake the meatballs for 20 minutes, until the outsides are browned.
Bring a large pot of water to boil and add a generous pinch of salt. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions, 7-10 minutes, until al dente. Stir occasionally to keep the noodles from sticking together.
Drain the pasta and add it directly to the simmering marinara sauce. Reserve some pasta water, in case you need it to loosen the sauce. Stir the pasta into the sauce until fully coated.
Add the pasta to serving bowls, top with the meatballs, and garnish with Parmesan, fresh basil, and cracked pepper.
14 July 2020 | Raidis Estate
International and potentially interstate travel plans out the window for the year? Wanting to lay low a little bit, but still see your friends in the comfort of your own home?
Let’s face it, some of you might be a little bit bored at the moment; after all, it is winter, and life has been slowed down considerably by the Coronavirus pandemic.
If you want to get your friends together to talk about anything but coronavirus, why not host a wine party with your wine-loving friends?
The rules are simple:
Get everyone attending to bring a bottle of wine with them.
Now the wine has to be Australian, it has to be something that has a difference to it; that could be a different varietal, something from a small producer or something a bit obscure.
The wine MUST come with a story that is to be told at the dinner party. Any story, but there must be a memory or story attached to the wine.
Share the wines over a meal with your friends and tell the stories as you go.
Now if this makes you a little nervous because perhaps you feel like you don’t know that much about wine, that’s Ok too.
Take it as a challenge to learn something new. Head over to your local independent wine shop and ask them for some advice. They are sure to point you in the right direction to try something different and that in itself is an interesting story to tell at the dinner party.
And don't be afraid to try something new, the beauty of wine is in learning about different varietals and different tastes.
Hosting a wine dinner party is not only a fun way to bring your friends together for something a little different, but it will also give you a talking point on stories you may not have heard about your friends...
So, give it a try and let us know how you go! And possibly catch a cab or have a designated driver for this one (Safety first)
7 July 2020 | Raidis Estate
Have you got lemons and oranges aplenty this winter?
If you have an overload of citrus, it might be time to do up a batch of our delicious orange and lemon marmalade or preserve.
You can share a jar or two with your family, friends or neighbours, or just keep it all to yourself!
What you’ll need:
6 oranges, halved, thinly sliced
2 lemons, halved, thinly sliced, seeds removed
4 cups water
2 1/2 cup white sugar
1 lemon, just the juice
Place fruit and water in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil on high. Boil rapidly for 25-30 minutes, or until oranges are very tender.
Reduce heat to low and add sugar, stirring until completely dissolved. Stir in lemon juice.
Increase heat to medium and boil, without stirring, for a further 20-25 minutes, or until set when tested.
Heat oven to 140°c.
Wash and dry jars then warm in the oven for 10 minutes.
Don't fill cold jars with hot marmalade as they may crack.
Fill jars almost to the top and secure lids.
Store in a cool dark cupboard until opened then refrigerate.
29 June 2020 | Raidis Estate
You don’t make friends with salad, but you do make friends with our delicious vermicelli noodle salad bowl with Vietnamese mince.
Perfect for a mid-week dinner or to take into the office for lunch.
What you’ll need:
1 Lebanese cucumber
1 spring onion, green part only
250g vermicelli noodles
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Two handfuls of baby rocket
1 tablespoon olive oil
600g turkey mince
½ capsicum, core and seeds removed, finely diced
1 carrot, grated
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
2 spring onions, white and green part, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons water
2½ tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce
¼ teaspoon of rice wine vinegar
30g chopped roasted peanuts
Prepare vegetables. Remove core and seeds from first measure of capsicum and thinly slice; cut cucumber in half lengthways, remove seeds, then cut into thin sticks; thinly slice first measure of spring onion on an angle.
In a large, heat-proof, bowl, pour boiling water over noodles and use a fork to separate strands.
Leave for 5 minutes then drain. Drizzle with sesame oil to prevent noodles sticking and cut noodles in a few places to make them easier to eat. Return to bowl with rocket and toss to combine.
Heat olive oil in a large frypan or wok on medium-high heat. Cook turkey mince for 2–3 minutes until browned, breaking up with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Add remaining capsicum and carrot and cook, stirring frequently, for 3–4 minutes, until tender.
Add all remaining Vietnamese mince ingredients to pan/wok and cook for a further 1 minute, or until combined and heated through.
In a small bowl, mix all Asian dressing ingredients until well combined.
Divide vermicelli between bowls and top with Vietnamese mince and vegetables. Drizzle over Asian dressing and sprinkle over chopped peanuts and fresh sliced radishes.
22 June 2020 | Raidis Estate
As life is starting to get back to some new normal in South Australia, you might be looking to head away for a trip with the family or for July school holidays after the cabin fever of having the kids cooped up at home for the last couple of months.
Regional South Australia is looking forward to welcoming you with open arms and small businesses still really need your support at this time.
So, here are some kid-friendly ideas for supporting local businesses for your next trip away.
Most regional towns have loads of things to entertain the kids and the young at heart. You could hire some bikes or mountain bikes and explore local bike trails.
Organise a tour of the town you are staying in and get educated about the area.
You could join an arts and crafts day at a local organisation or local library.
Although some businesses may not be operating at full capacity, those that are would love your support, and you will be helping to put money in the pockets of the locals.
If you usually pack the caravan or kids into the car with everything you need except the kitchen sink, try looking to leave a few things behind and shop local.
Eat out at a local café where you are visiting, pick up some local produce to make a platter or even some local wine to share when the kids go to bed.
If you have some gifts to buy, why not head to the local toy shop or gift shop and do your shopping there instead of when you get back home to the city.
The perfect way to support local in a socially distanced kind of way is by visiting some of South Australia’s beautiful local parks.
Many South Australian regional areas are blessed with beautiful national parks to explore and enjoy.
It's an excellent way to get the kids out, active and to explore SA.
Take loads of photos and share them with your family and friends and make a donation to the parks if applicable.
Enjoy exploring South Australia.
16 June 2020 | Raidis Estate
There is nothing better than making your own pizza at home, but what is even better is making the dough from scratch.
Cold winter evenings, by the fire with pizza and a glass of red wine in hand, is where it's at!
Once your dough is ready, you can get the kids involved to add on their favourite pizza toppings and then cook on a pizza stone in the bbq or oven.
What you’ll need:
1 kg white bread flour and 200g finely ground semolina flour
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 x 7g dried yeast sachets
1 tablespoon golden caster sugar
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Sieve the flour/s and salt on to a clean work surface and make a well in the middle.
Mix the yeast, sugar and oil into 650ml of lukewarm water and leave for a few minutes, then pour into the well.
Using a fork, bring the flour in gradually from the sides and swirl it into the liquid. Keep mixing, drawing more significant amounts of flour in, and when it all starts to come together, work the rest of the flour in with your clean, flour-dusted hands.
Knead until you have a smooth, springy dough.
Place the dough in a large flour-dusted bowl and flour the top of it.
Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and place in a warm room for about an hour until the dough has doubled in size.
Remove the dough to a flour-dusted surface and knead it around a bit to push the air out with your hands.
You can either use it immediately or keep it, wrapped in clingfilm, in the fridge (or freezer).
If using straight away, divide the dough up into as many little balls as you want to make pizzas – this amount of dough is enough to make about six to eight medium pizzas.
8 June 2020 | Raidis Estate
Winters is here! And boy did it come with a bang! It’s been very frosty, and it feels like a lifetime ago that we were running around in shorts at the beach.
So much has happened this year, so it literally does feel like a lifetime ago.
And we all need those meals that feel like a warm hug from a friend on a winter’s night. Osso Bucco is definitely one of those types of dishes.
It is perfectly paired with your favourite red wine.
What you’ll need:
900g veal shanks
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
160ml dry white wine
1 (400g) tin diced tomatoes
160ml beef stock
salt and pepper, to taste
30g fresh parsley, chopped
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 clove garlic, diced
Lightly flour the shanks. Melt the butter in a deep frypan over medium-high heat. Add the shanks and cook until browned on all sides. Set aside and keep warm.
Add crush garlic and onion then cook until onion is soft. Return the shanks to the frypan with the carrots and wine and simmer 10 minutes.
Add tomatoes, stock and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer over low heat 1 1/2 hours, basting every 15 minutes. The meat should be not quite falling off the bone.
In a small bowl, combine parsley, lemon zest and garlic. Mix into the Osso Bucco just before serving.
1 June 2020 | Raidis Estate
As we get ready to re-open our Cellar Door this Friday, we thought we'd give you a little hand in booking in for one of our excellent Cellar Door experiences, so you don't miss out.
With social distancing restrictions, we will have limited numbers, so it's crucial that you book in to avoid disappointment.
You can book all of our winery experiences direct on our website.
So here are our top three to get you started.
LOCAL TASTING PLATTER FOR 2 PAIRED WITH A GLASS OF RAIDIS ESTATES FINEST - $50
Join us at our winery in the heart of the Coonawarra wine region for a delicious local produce platter for two people.
Paired with a glass of wine from our Estate Range for each person.
Sip on your wine outside in the sunshine right next to our vines that grow the grapes we make our wines from or cuddle up in front of the fireplace with a glass of red in hand and a platter on the go.
Our outdoor area is family-friendly with games for the little ones and the big kids alike!
Get cosy on a picnic rug and enjoy the country air.
A TASTING FLIGHT OF OUR SUPER PREMIUM CABERNET SAUVIGNON THE TRIP - TASTE 4 X VINTAGES - $75 Per Person
This tasting is for the indulgent at heart, one for the Cabernet Sauvignon lover or those keen to learn a thing or two about this variety and makes the perfect gift for your wine-loving friends or significant other.
Included in this delightful tasting, you will experience the following vintages:
2008 The Trip - valued at $200 per bottle
2012 The Trip - valued at $150 per bottle
2013 The Trip - valued at $120 per bottle
2014 The Trip - valued at $100 per bottle
See how this beautiful wine develops with age, this tasting is an experience not to be missed.
A PERSONAL WINE TASTING AT YOUR ACCOMMODATION - $50 Per Person
Enjoy a guided tasting in the comfort of your own accommodation. You don't even need to leave the couch.
Stay warm and cosy, prep your favourite platter filled with local produce and we will bring the tasting to you.
Perfect if you are struggling to fit in all the wineries while you are visiting our beautiful region.
Book a relaxed tasting after hours from the comfort of the couch.
Minimum of 8 adults for this experience.
Not what you are looking for?
Check out our other winery experience HERE, or give a call if you are after something a bit more bespoke. We look forward to seeing you at the Cellar Door soon.
Raidis Estate Coonawarra: http://www.winetourism.com/winery/raidis-estate-coonawarra/
South Australia: https://www.winetourism.com/wine-region/south-australia/
25 May 2020 | Raidis Estate
Have you got a vegan mate who comes around and you have no idea what to cook for them?
Or maybe you are just looking to add some healthy recipes or a meat-free Monday.
This chickpea curry is 100% vegan and tastes Oh so yummy.
It is the perfect meal for a weeknight in on the couch with a bottle of Raidis Riesling.
What you’ll need:
½ cup basmati rice
1 cup of water
2 pinch salt
2 medium onion
2 tbsp olive oil
3 clove garlic
1-2 tsp curry paste (your favourite or a Tikka Masala curry paste would work great as well)
1 can coconut milk
1 can chickpeas
1-2 tbsp soy sauce (try one tbsp first, add another if required)
2-3 medium tomato (or handful cherry tomatoes, chopped
1 cup basil, fresh
1 tsp maple syrup (sugar is fine too)
Add the rice, water and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Keep an eye on the rice - when the water is boiling put a lid on it, reduce the heat to low and cook for another 8-10 mins.
While this is happening chop the onions, garlic, basil and juice the lime.
Put the oil and onions into a large pan and cook on a low-medium heat until the onions start to soften and turn clear about 5 minutes. Add the garlic for a further 1 minute.
Add 1 tsp curry paste and the milk, stirring until the curry is dissolved. Add another pinch of salt. Taste test - if you’d like your curry a little stronger then add another tsp.
Throw in the drained and rinsed chickpeas (and chopped green veg if you’re using it) and soy sauce and cook on a medium heat for around 5 minutes, bringing the curry to a boil. If it starts to burn, reduce heat immediately.
Add the chopped tomatoes, chopped basil, lime juice, soy sauce and gently simmer the curry for another 2 minutes. Taste test again, and if desired, add a second tbsp soy sauce and the syrup or brown sugar. Give it another stir.
The rice should be done by now too - fork it through to make it fluffy.
Serve the curry and rice together with pappadums and naan bread as optional sides.
18 May 2020 | Raidis Estate
South Australians it’s time to get out and about and explore this glorious state that we live in.
You might be looking to go regional for a weekend or a mid-week getaway as things start to re-open and we forge a path into the new normal.
Not everything has the green light to be open currently though, so here are our top tips for going regional and exploring this great state.
If you are looking to go regional, it pays to book ahead for your accommodation and general experiences.
If you are looking to dine out, etc. Some venues are currently closed and the ones that are open will be working under smaller capacities to deal with social distancing. So, try to book ahead to avoid disappointment.
And if you book and can’t make the booking for whatever reason please be mindful and let the venue know with plenty of notice. No shows are frustrating normally but even more so when venues have a limited capacity.
Most areas would love your support, so instead of bringing in all your food and items, try and do your research before you head into a regional area and try and buy local.
Your favourite winery cellar door may not be open, but they might be doing takeaway wine, pizzas or platters. Look to support local where you can.
Make a locavore picnic
With so much beautiful produce in regional South Australia, you might want to shop from a few different providers and make a picnic to enjoy at the beach or taking in some country air.
Pick up a bottle of vino, grab some local olives or cheeses and put together a locavore platter to be enjoyed.
Take some home with you
Grab some local produce and take it home with you as well. There is nothing quite like getting your produce direct from the source. So, if you try something and love it, take some home with you, pop a review on their socials and share it with your friends.
Patience is key
If you are heading to a regional town in the next few weeks be mindful that businesses may be running at a bare minimum with staff and it may just be the business owners working.
If it’s busy and you have to wait that little bit longer for your coffee or food, show a little bit of kindness and patience it goes a long way.
Enjoy exploring SA