22 September 2021 | Raidis Estate
It's a brave new world out there for planning future events, there is a lot to consider with Covid restrictions, cost and location, and it can all make your head spin. Still, the optimist in us wants to see the world getting back to normal, planes back in the sky for international travel and events back into the swing of things.
If you are planning an event, firstly, lead with optimism and bravery and just start to plan. Even if you are delayed, it will happen eventually.
Here are our top tips for planning a special event.
Get organised and enjoy the process
It doesn't need to be stressful, and it doesn't need to be a complex process. Be organised but also allow yourself to enjoy all the planning and details along the way.
You may be organising a work function, 50th or wedding, the process is all the same. Make a list of all the things you need to achieve to get you the results and start working your way through them.
Lock in the big-ticket items first, like organising a venue, a date (possibly be flexible with this in Covid times) and a guest list, so you know how much space you will need.
If you are prone to getting easily stressed, you may want to engage the help of a professional planner.
Use local suppliers when and where you can
Small businesses are going to take a long time to recover from the effects of the pandemic and associated costs.
Try to look hyper-local for all the things you need; venue, caterers, dressmakers, local wines instead of supporting the big guys and local artists to perform at your special occasion.
Small businesses will bend over backwards to ensure that your event goes off without a hitch and to plan.
Plan for contingencies
If Covid has taught us anything, it is that we need to be prepared for change. Change is a constant in life, so be flexible with changing if you need to be.
If you expect things are going to change, then things will go a lot smoother in the long run.
Have a budget from early on, and don't get too carried away with planning that you blow out your budget. I know it's the boring part of any party, but it will save you future anxiety about costs blowing out.
Make it fun
We can often get caught up with the planning process and want to make it Insta worthy or picture-perfect that we forget that the point of every good party is to make it fun. For you and your guests. Sometimes bigger is not better if you don't get to see everyone and have some fun, so factor in enjoyment to your overall planning process.
Want to talk to us about events at Raidis Estate – Get in touch with our friendly events team today to find out more: Contact: Briana Lewis | 8737 2966 | firstname.lastname@example.org
16 September 2021 | Raidis Estate
Spring has arrived and it’s the perfect time to have a lighter and brighter spring soup.
With the nights still cool and summer on the way you might be wanting to add some veggies into your diet and this delicious soup will be a hit with every member of the household.
This dish is filling and delicious.
What you’ll need:
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and cut into thin rounds
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 large zucchini, cut into 1/2" pieces
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 (can cannellini beans or red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup quinoa
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
8 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
250gm Tuscan kale, ribs removed and leaves thinly sliced
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Crushed red pepper flakes, for serving
In a large pot over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes.
Add zucchini, diced tomatoes, beans, quinoa, and cumin. Pour in broth and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and boil until quinoa is tender about 13 minutes.
Stir in kale and cook until wilted, 1 minute more, then stir in lemon juice. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes and serve.
8 September 2021 | Raidis Estate
Life is short; so it's time to enjoy a decadent and succulent prime rib.
This recipe for Beef Prime Rib is the perfect showstopper for your next lunch with friends, it’s delicious and really does have a wow factor.
Not one for the vegetarians this dish is all about the meat. Considered one of the best cuts of meat this dish is succulent and the beef should be blush pink.
Serve it with our Billy Cabernet or The Trip.
What you’ll need:
2.5 kg standing rib roast / prime rib, bone-in
1 onion, unpeeled, quartered (brown, yellow, white)
1 head of garlic, unpeeled, halved horizontally
5 sprigs thyme
3 sprigs rosemary
GARLIC HERB BUTTER:
10 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary (or 1 tsp dried)
2 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried)
2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
RED WINE SAUCE:
1 1/2 cups beef broth/stock, low salt
2 1/2 cups dry red wine
1 tbsp cornflour/corn-starch
Bring Beef to room temp: Take the beef out of the fridge 2 – 3 hours before cooking to bring to room temp. Pat dry with a paper towel.
Preheat oven to 240C (standard) or 220C (fan/convection). Adjust the shelf so beef will be sitting in the middle of the oven.
Garlic Herb Butter: Mix together.
Roasting bed: Place onion, garlic, and herbs in a heavy-based ovenproof roasting pan.
Slather 1: Spread a thin layer of butter on the underside of the beef (ie the bone side). Place beef on onion etc, butter side down. Spread about 2/3 of the butter on the top and sides (reserve some for Slather 2).
Hot oven: Roast 20 minutes.
Slather 2: Remove, spread over remaining butter. Turn oven down to 120°C (100°C fan).
Slow roast: Roast for a further 1 1/2 hours, basting every 30 minutes with the juices in the pan until the internal temperature is 48°C in the centre for medium-rare. Start checking the internal temp early.
Rest: Transfer beef to a plate. Cover loosely with foil and rest for 20 – 30 minutes. The internal temperature will rise to 52°C (which is medium-rare).
Slice beef and serve with Sauce! For a classic high-end Steakhouse experience, serve with mash and fresh greens.
Red wine sauce:
Place pan with onion and garlic left in it on the stove over high heat. Add wine and beef stock, rapidly simmer for 10 minutes until it reduces by 2/3 or so, down to 1.5 cups of liquid.
Lower heat to medium. Mix cornflour with 2 tbsp water. Drizzle in half and stir. The sauce will thicken in 1 minute or so. Add more cornflour water mixture if you want it thicker.
Strain into a bowl, pour into a sauce jug.
2 September 2021 | Raidis Estate
Spring has sprung, and it is that time of year that we all look forward to as the flowers bloom, the vines come out of hibernation and the weather starts to warm.
If you have been in the winter/Covid funk, we feel you.
Here are our top reasons to love Spring.
The blooms they are a coming
Spring season ushers in all the gorgeous blossoms and blooms to enjoy. Not so great for hay fever sufferers, but it sure is a pretty time of the year as you get to enjoy all the fresh flowers, Spring fruits and the vines start to grow again.
The days get longer, and the weather gets warmer
This one is a given, but doesn’t it just make you feel so much better about life when we get a bit more sunshine?
It means summer is not far away, and we can start planning outdoor picnics, dinners with friends and outdoor exercise.
Spring means you can open your windows wide and enjoy the fresh air, and fresh air really does do wonders for the soul.
Peoples’ Mood Improves
After a dreary winter, sunlight is the best remedy. Scientists have proven that sunlight exposure increases your body's release of serotonin in the brain, causing people to be happier.
Sunlight also lessens the amount of melatonin in people during the day and increases it at night, allowing for a better nights sleep.
Outdoor wines in the sunshine
There is really nothing better than sipping on a vino in the sunshine! Take advantage of the warmer weather and enjoy.
25 August 2021 | Raidis Estate
We are super excited that spring is on the way. Bring on the longer days and warmth as we head into summer.
These Asian style Pork Ribs are perfect for serving up for dinner with friends, spicing up a meal at home in iso with family or just because.
They pair perfectly with our The Kid Riesling or Mama Goat Merlot.
What you’ll need:
2 racks pork baby back ribs
½ cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons chilli powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
6 cloves garlic minced
1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce
⅔ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
⅔ cup balsamic vinegar
⅔ cup brown sugar
⅔ cup honey
1 tablespoon corn-starch
1 tablespoon water
To make the sticky sauce: In a medium-sized dish, whisk together the ginger, pepper, and onion powder. Add the garlic and mix again to incorporate. Add sweet chilli sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar and honey. Whisk until incorporated.
Mix the dry rub ingredients in a small bowl. Remove the membrane and place the ribs into the slow cooker. You can either curl the ribs along with the slow cooker or cut them into sections and put them on top of each other.
Massage the dry rub into the ribs on both sides. Pour half of the sticky sauce mixture into the slow cooker and reserve the rest later for the sticky sauce. Cook the ribs for 6-8 hours on low heat until the meat is tender.
Remove the ribs from the slow cooker and place them on a foil lines broil pan with the meaty side up. Brush some sauce from the slow cooker on top of the ribs and broil until the edges start to look crisp and broiled. Allow tented with foil to rest while you make the sticky sauce.
To make the sticky sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add the reserved sticky sauce to the pan. In a small bowl, combine the corn starch and water plus 1 Tablespoon of the hot liquid. Pour into the saucepan with the sticky sauce whisk until the mixture starts to thicken.
Remove from heat and brush on top of the ribs. Serve immediately.
18 August 2021 | Raidis Estate
If you want to be whisked away mentally to the warmer climes of Asia or some other glorious sub-tropical climate that you can't quite reach right now, then this is the dish to take you there.
It's delicious as a side or the main affair and packs a punch in spice and all things nice!
And it goes delightfully well with our Cheeky Goat Pinot Gris.
What you’ll need:
5 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons (packed) palm sugar or golden-brown sugar
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons dried shrimp, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 Chinese long beans, halved crosswise or 15 green beans
1 – 2 Kgs of green papaya, peeled, halved, seeded
10 large cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup chopped fresh coriander
2 green onions, very thinly sliced
1 fresh red Thai chilli with seeds, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped salted peanuts
Whisk the first five ingredients in a medium bowl. Set dressing aside.
Cook beans in a medium saucepan of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Rinse under cold water. Cut into 2-inch pieces.
Using a julienne peeler, peel enough papaya to measure 6 cups. Place in a large bowl. Add tomatoes, coriander, green onions, chile, and green beans.
Pour dressing over; toss. Sprinkle peanuts over and serve.
12 August 2021 | Raidis Estate
Dads day is fast approaching, and it’s a day to celebrate all our Dad’s do for us. And you may want to organise a little something to show Dad just how much you care.
Here are some things you can do to show Dad he is the best, that are not your traditional socks and undies.
And all our gift ideas are DIY too.
Homemade Grilling Apron
Give kids a range of fabric markers and paints to choose from, and then watch as they turn a plain white apron into something special for your family's grill master.
Hot Chilli Oil
Spice up Dad’s special day with hot pepper-infused olive oil. Grab some good olive oil, a re-purposed bottle and some chillies from your garden or the local shops and you have all you need to make it. It’s almost guaranteed he’ll be drenching his meats, eggs and veggies with this gift
Fun Shaped Pancakes
Want to prepare something different than the typical breakfast in bed? Jazz up Dad’s morning with one-of-a-kind pancakes. design pancakes in the shapes of tools, ties or sports equipment.
Get creative and make Dad a card that he will cherish forever. Tell Dad just how much you love by putting pen and crayon to paper and drawing a beautiful handcrafted design for him to keep forever.
Spend time with him
The best gift you can give Dad this Father’s Day is the spend some time with him.
Play your favourite sport together, go for a walk or do some gardening together. These will be the memories you will remember the best.
4 August 2021 | Raidis Estate
A juicy piece of steak is sure to put you in a good mood for a midweek feast.
Enjoy this delicious dish made just for one with a night on the couch, some good tv, and a bottle of delicious vino such as our Cabernet Sauvignon.
It also pairs perfectly with shoestring fries and a hint of fresh sea salt!
What you’ll need:
750 g beef steak
1 splash olive oil
2 tsp crushed garlic
3 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 tsp brandy
300 ml cream
Heat pan well, add a dash of olive oil and sear steak on both sides.
Add garlic to the hottest part of the pan and fry for 1 minute.
Reduce heat to low and add remaining ingredients. Stir to mix.
Cover and allow to simmer until steak is cooked to preference, turning steak once or twice more.
Serve steak and spoon sauce over steak.
28 July 2021 | Raidis Estate
If you are looking for a bit of spice in your life to warm you up and to keep things interesting, you are going to love this spicy Goan fish curry.
Pairs with lockdowns lifting and friends, and lots of delicious wine (in moderation of course.)
What you’ll need:
2 1/2 tbsp chilli powder
1 tbsp coriander
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp fenugreek powder
3/8 tsp ground cloves
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp fresh ginger, finely grated
2 tbsp tamarind puree
1/2 red onion, chopped
6 tbsp water (plus more, as needed)
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
1/2 red onion, cut in half again (like a quartered orange) and thinly sliced
1 tbsp tomato paste
2/3 cup canned tomato pulp
2/3 cup water
400ml coconut milk, full fat
1 1/4 tsp salt, cooking/kosher (or 3/4 tsp fine table salt)
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp chilli powder
2 long green chillies, cut into half lengthwise and deseeded
1 tomato, cut into 8 wedges then into 2.5cm chunks
600g firm-fleshed white fish, cut into 3cm cubes
1/4 cup fresh coriander
Finely sliced green chillies, optional
Place Curry Paste ingredients in a tall jug then blitz on high for 5 to 10 seconds until the onion is pureed. Add more water if needed to make it puree.
Sizzle black mustard seeds: Heat oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add black mustard seeds and let them sizzle for 30 seconds.
Sauté onion: Add red onion and cook for 3 minutes until edges start to tinge with gold.
Cook-off curry paste: Add curry paste and cook for 3 minutes - to evaporate water, make spices bloom and cook garlic & ginger.
Cook-off tomato: Turn heat up to medium-high. Add tomato paste and tomato pulp, cook for 2 minutes.
Coconut milk: Add water, coconut milk, sugar, salt and chilli powder if using. Stir, then bring to simmer, low heat so it's bubbling gently.
Simmer 2 minutes, add tomato & green chilli: Simmer for 2 minutes, add tomato and green chilli.
Simmer 3 minutes: Simmer for another 3 minutes, stirring every now and then - the sauce should be thickened (not watery), it gets looser again when fish is added.
Add fish: Add fish, stir, cook for 3 to 4 minutes until fish easily flakes.
Garnish & serve: Remove from stove and transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with coriander and fresh green chillies if desired.
Serve with basmati rice!
23 July 2021 | Raidis Estate
The world is wacky right now, that's for sure. We are all exhausted with how things have played out in the last 18months.
Checking in on your mates is always important, but now more than ever, it's essential to do so.
Here are some things to put a smile on your friend's face through tough times.
Send them a care package
Send your friends a beautiful care package out of the blue to let them know that you are thinking of them.
It could be a bunch of flowers, a bottle of wine, a care package or just a little something you've handmade like a knitted scarf.
Crack a dad joke or terrible pun
Nothing lightens the load like some fun banter or a belly laugh. So, pull out all those daggy Dad jokes that you usually reserve for Christmas and try and put a smile on one of your friend’s faces.
Give a genuine compliment
If you see something in someone else that you admire, let them know. It could be telling them you like their style, smile or something that they are good at!
The world needs to amplify the good in people more than the bad, this is a great place to start.
Reach out to someone you miss
We all get busy, and time flies by; before you even know it, you might not have caught up with someone in your life who you love dearly for a long time.
Pick up the phone, drop them a text to tell them you are thinking of them and that you miss them.
Many things can be fixed over a meal with a good mate. Schedule a catch-up even though you might not be able to see each other physically right now.
Get it locked in and stick to your plans. Nothing beats a face to face catch up one on one with someone you love.
Write and send a handwritten letter or note
Handwritten notes might be out of fashion, but it's always lovely to receive something in the mail.
Put pen to paper and send your best friend a note
If your friends are going through a hard time, try and support them by just listening to them.
Sometimes the simple act of being there for someone to let them vent is the most important gift you can give to a friend.