It is nearly the season of giving and you might be looking to shop locally and support local businesses this year, but you may also be looking to be a bit more sustainable and get all DIY and make your Christmas gifts at home this year.
Making gifts can be a great way to show your loved ones just how much you care, and you can re-purpose items from around the home and support local business owners with all the bits and bobs you need to buy so it can be a win-win.
Here are some DIY ideas to get you started.
Homemade Christmas gifts - a DIY doormat
Use a stencil and spray paint to make a unique and personalised doormat.
Then every time your loved ones walk into the house, they can think of you and smile.
Homemade Christmas gifts - Cookie mix in a jar
Give the budding Bake-Off contestant in your life a new recipe for their repertoire.
Put all the ingredients in a jar and add instructions on how to make the delicious cookies.
Homegrown veggies or herbs
If you have a budding green thumb why not pot up some of your favourite herbs or veggies to give as a gift to your loved ones.
Pick up some fancy coloured pots from your local nursery, or better yet paint some old ones you may have laying around and get potting.
You could also get creative with some potted succulents.
Homemade Christmas decorations
Get crafty with the kids and make some homemade Christmas decorations.
Look at what you can use around the house, old fabrics, string, wood and coloured paint and make up some ornaments for this year’s Christmas tree.
Homemade Gingerbread cookies
Another one to make with the kids. Why not get creative and make some homemade gingerbread cookies, bag them up and give them to your loved ones.
This dish is an absolute party starter!
As we head into the silly season of pre-Christmas catch-ups and office get-togethers you might be looking for some delicious dishes to share with your friends.
No doubt the usual end of year celebrations might look a bit different depending on where you live, but these Crispy Pork Belly Bao Buns are sure to put a smile on your guest’s dials.
Serve these babies with our Cheeky Goat Pinot Gris or PG Project Oak.
What you’ll need:
600g piece slow-cooked pork belly
300g packet frozen gua bao buns (10)
¼ cup char siu sauce
1 Lebanese cucumber, trimmed, cut into matchsticks
2 green spring onions, thinly sliced diagonally
Fresh coriander sprigs, to serve (optional)
Cook pork belly according to packet directions for about 30 minutes, or until pork is cooked and crackling is crisp. Remove.
Stand for 10 minutes. Slice pork into pieces.
Meanwhile, line a bamboo steamer with a sheet of baking paper. Pierce holes over the paper to allow steam to escape. Place bao buns in a single layer over paper. Steam according to packet directions, until soft and spongy.
Combine char siu sauce with 1 tablespoon water in a heatproof jug. Microwave on High (100%) for about 30 seconds, or until warm.
Serve buns filled with pork, cucumber and onions. Drizzle with sauce. Garnish with fresh coriander sprigs.
Who doesn't love a delicious pizza fresh out of a wood-fired pizza oven whilst sipping on a glass of wine in the sunshine?
As the weather starts to warm and the days get that little bit longer it’s time to think about getting out of the city and enjoying all that regional South Australia has to offer. We are looking at you, Adelaide! And hopefully Melbourne soon too.
And the Coonawarra is the destination to enjoy, relax and unwind for a couple of days.
Why not put the kids, the dog and your friends in the car and head down to the Coonawarra for a weekend of Spring or Summer adventure?
We have pizza and tunes at the cellar door for select dates in late November and over the summer months of January and February, so there is plenty of reason to get down here for a visit.
So, why not book that trip in over the coming months, you can do a tasting at the Cellar Door, enjoy a platter in the sunshine or join us for a pizza whilst you listen to some music in the sun.
Grab some takeaways and enjoy the fresh country air or head over to one of the gorgeous seaside town such as Beachport or Robe. You will be getting some travel fun in, supporting local businesses like ours and having a bunch of fun whilst you do so.
Our next pizza event is Saturday the 21st of November, from 12 pm.
We hope to see you then.
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See you this summer.
Warm weather and Rosé are the best of friends and we are delighted to launch our new Rosé into the world.
This wine is a cracker and perfect for fun in the sun.
This year while making the Red Project, Stevo decided to do a little experiment with Saignée (“sohn-yay”). Saignée means “to bleed,” and it also describes a method of rosé winemaking that involves “bleeding” off a portion of red wine juice after it’s been in contact with the skins and seeds) just to see what would happen.
And we are tickled pink with the result.
So we’ve paired it with a delicious Strawberry and goat cheese tart to enjoy.
What you’ll need:
1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
1/8 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 tbsp granulated sugar
½ cup baking powder
½ tsp salt
¼ cup of Extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp rosemary
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp cream
150gms plain goat cheese room temperature
2 cups of fresh strawberries
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Sift together flour, sugars, baking powder and salt. Chill dry ingredients in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
Pour olive oil into cold dry ingredients and make clumps with your hands. Add ice water and continue working the ingredients until dough comes together. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and flatten into a disc. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Remove dough from the fridge, divide into four sections, and roll them out into circular shapes about ¼ inch thick on a floured surface. Then transfer to a baking sheet.
Spread goat cheese over the dough, leaving some space at the edges. Slice strawberries and cover the goat cheese evenly. Fold the edge of the crust up and slightly over the strawberry and goat cheese filling. Press down to hold the shape.
Combine honey and cream and brush crusts and tops of the tarts evenly.
Bake for 10-15 minutes, until crust is a light golden brown. Cool for 5-10 minutes. Top with small sprigs of rosemary and dust with confectioner’s sugar.
Serve and enjoy!
Something is ready to pop at Raidis Estate as we welcome to the line-up our new drop - Emma Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Gris.
This delicious drop is now available and ready to share with those you love and it’s only fair that we share with you a few ways to enjoy it.
This Sparkling can be taken from cheese platter party to the main affair and can simply just go with a gooey camembert or shoestring fries.
It’s also the perfect drop to go with this delicious and lighter style baked mushroom dish.
These mushrooms are delicious, scrumptious and decadent and are the things that dreams are made of.
Add some crispy pancetta to the top of these babies to really set them on fire!
We hope you enjoy both.
What you’ll need:
4 large portabella mushrooms
2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for coating the mushrooms
1 large sweet onion diced
2 medium zucchinis diced
1 roasted red pepper diced
4 – 6 sun-dried tomatoes chopped
2 – 3 cloves garlic minced
1 large handful of spinach
1 pinch dried oregano crushed between your fingers
Dash of crushed red pepper flakes
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup dried breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a sided baking sheet with parchment paper.
Using a small spoon, gently scoop the gills out of the inside of the mushroom. With a small knife, remove the stalk.
Rub each mushroom with a bit of olive oil and set them on the prepared baking sheet, stalk side up.
In a 12-inch sauté pan over medium-high heat, add the olive oil then the onions. Sauté for 3 or 4 minutes, then add the zucchini and continue to cook as the zucchini begins to soften.
Next, add the red pepper and tomatoes. Cook for another few minutes. When the onions have become translucent and soft, add the garlic. Cook for one minute and add the spinach.
Once the spinach wilts, remove the pan from the heat and add the rest of the ingredients, up to and including the Parmesan. Stir to combine.
Divide the mixture in four; I spread the mixture out evenly in the pan and using my spoon, just slice through like a pie to divide equally. Stuff each mushroom with a quarter of the mixture.
Bake in the oven for about 35 to 40 minutes. Top each mushroom with about 1 tablespoon of the mozzarella and continue baking for another 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cheese is just beginning to get golden on top.
Emma Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Gris $35
Being enthusiastic sparkling drinkers, Emma & Stevo have wanted to make a sparkling wine for years. Passionate about chardonnay based sparkling wines they sourced some exceptional fruit and for a bit of a twist blended it with some barrel-fermented Pinot Gris. Delicious, crisp, sherbety goodness with a clean dry finish - this fizz is a party in your mouth!
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Do you have grand plans to start your own at home wine cellar?
Collecting wine can seem daunting at first, where do you start, what will keep, etc., etc., but like most things, the best thing you can do is start. Collect what you like and go from there.
Here are our top tips for starting your own wine cellar.
Storage is key
Storing your wine correctly will ensure you get the most out of your wine when you want to drink it. To begin with, ensure your cellar - or wherever you store your wine - is dark as sunlight is a wine’s worst enemy.
So, keep your precious wine away from windows and direct sunlight. Think the coolest and darkest room in your house.
It’s all in the Balance
A balanced cellar will contain wines to suit any occasion. This should include whites and reds, young and mature wines, everyday wines and the more special occasion bottles as well.
These wines can mostly be sourced from good retailers or obtained directly from wineries.
Buy wines you love in a six-pack or dozen
Fallen in love with a bottle of wine? Check with your retailer if you can buy it in a 6-pack or dozen. This will mean two things. The first being that you will be able to drink a few bottles without feeling guilty and the second being, you can drink a bottle at different stages of the ageing process.
This allows you to compare and reflect on what each year brings to the wine.
Have fun with it
Wine shouldn’t be serious; it should be fun. Pick wines that you like and that you intend to drink.
You don't need to pick what you think you should have in there, instead pick things that you enjoy. Life is short, and you should be planning to drink your way through your cellar over time.
Screwcap vs cork
Screwcap wines will retain freshness for longer, than wines under cork. You might want to pick a balance of wine under cork and under screwcap to give you options.
Wine under screw cap may keep better and develop quicker than those under cork, but there still is a particular type of romance that comes with cork and opening an old bottle of wine.
Are you feeding a lot of hungry young mouths this school holidays? Having several delish recipes on hand will be super helpful in getting through the school holidays with your sanity intact.
This Mac and Cheese is as classic as they come and has four different types of cheese.
The adults will love this recipe as well, and you can add some BBQ chicken for something a bit more special.
What you’ll need:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, plus more for baking dish
1 bag of elbow macaroni
1/2 cup flour
5 cups whole milk
1 1/2 tsp of salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp of mustard powder
3 cups of shredded Cheddar
2 cups of shredded Gruyère
1 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan, divided
1 cup of panko breadcrumbs
3 tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly chopped parsley, to garnish
Preheat oven to 190 degrees and butter a baking dish. In a large pot of salted, boiling water, cook macaroni until al dente. Drain and set aside.
In a large saucepan, melt 1 stick butter. Sprinkle over the flour and cook until slightly golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in milk and whisk until combined.
Season with mustard powder, salt, and pepper. Let simmer until starting to thicken, about 5 minutes.
Remove pan from heat and whisk in Cheddar, Gruyère, and 1 cup Parmesan. Continue whisking until melted and smooth. Stir in cooked macaroni and transfer to prepared baking dish.
In a small bowl, combine remaining Parmesan with Panko and oil. Sprinkle mixture over macaroni, then season with more black pepper.
Bake until bubbly and golden, 25 to 30 minutes.
Garnish with parsley before serving. Let sit 10 minutes before serving.
Even the meat-eaters are going to love these delicious and colourful vegetarian Cold Rolls.
Perfect for making with the family on a lazy Sunday afternoon or for a dinner party with your mates. These cold rolls are so yummy that they will leave you wanting more and go down a treat with our PG Project Oak wine.
Try them tonight; you won't be disappointed.
What you’ll need:
RICE PAPER ROLLS
150 grams of rice noodles or vermicelli
8–10 Rice paper rolls
2 avocados, thinly sliced
Green leaf lettuce, torn into chunks
1 cucumber, julienned
1–2 red capsicums, julienned
Shredded red cabbage
Fresh coriander leaves
Fresh basil, sliced into thin ribbons
PEANUT DIPPING SAUCE
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
Juice 1 lime, 2-3 Tablespoons
1/4 cup soy sauce (for gluten-free – sub tamari)
3 Tbsp. honey
2 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
1 tsp. sesame oil
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
2–3 Tbsp. water
Cook rice noodles according to package instructions. Rinse under cold water and drain.
In the meantime, prepare the peanut dipping sauce by adding all sauce ingredients except water to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Add water by a tablespoon until desired consistency is achieved. Taste and adjust flavours as needed. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
To assemble spring rolls, have all of the filling ingredients prepared. Add warm water to a shallow dish and soak one rice paper wrapper at a time.
Arrange avocado slices in the centre of the wrapper, below the avocado arrange the lettuce and layer a small handful of noodles, cucumbers, and capsicum.
On top of the avocado layer, red cabbage, coriander, and basil.
Gently fold over once, tuck in edges, and continue rolling until the seam is sealed.
Cut the rolls in half and place on a serving platter. Serve with peanut dipping sauce.
If you are like us, you are probably welcoming Spring with open arms and open bottles of vino!
It's been a long winter, and it’s time to celebrate the warmer weather. 2020, Covid-19 and lockdown might have got you keen to get started in the garden and plant some edible deliciousness.
So if you haven’t started yet but are keen to give it a try and if you are starting out with an edible garden, here are our top things to plant this Spring.
Delicious and versatile beans are a great addition to your veggie patch and super easy to care for.
Make sure you plant them with a trestle to climb and plenty of fresh water to make them thrive.
These vegetables are cheap to buy, but there’s a certain thrill when pulling up your own carrots.
Carrots grow best from seed sown into the veggie patch and kept damp until the tiny seedlings germinate.
Nothing equals a freshly picked, home-grown cucumber for flavour and crunch.
Perfect for the kids to snack on and to add to salads.
Some leafy green is a must in every veggie bed or container vegetable garden.
Plant your favourite lettuce and watch them grow, they grow great from scratch or from seedlings and like plenty of water.
Pumpkins often just appear in gardens as they grow so readily from seed.
The combination of a rich, warm compost heap and a few seeds generally means rogue pumpkin vines that can take over the garden.
There is something awesome about having your own crop of tomatoes growing in the garden to pick from and enjoy in your salads or pastas.
If you haven’t already done so, get them in the ground soon, somewhere with plenty of sunlight and water.
Enjoy the fruits of your labour.
The sun is out, the trees are full of blooms and it’s time to get some fresh recipes in the kitchen and cook up some deliciousness.
Does the thought of cooking seafood, or fish scare you? Well, this recipe is the perfect one to try.
This whole baked snapper recipe is the perfect little pair for entertaining at home and will be sure to wow your guests.
What you’ll need:
2 whole snappers (500-600g each)
400g chat potatoes halved
salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 medium tomatoes, cored and sliced into rounds
2 medium lemons, sliced into rounds
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1/2 bunch rosemary sprigs
1/2 bunch thyme sprigs
1/2 bunch sage leaves
4 or 5 bay leaves
extra virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 220°C.
Lightly score the skin of the fish; don't cut too deep into the flesh.
Arrange fish and potatoes over two large baking trays. Season fish cavities with salt and pepper to taste, then fill with the tomatoes, half the lemon slices, and a little each of the garlic, rosemary, thyme and sage leaves.
Scatter bay leaves and the remaining lemon slices, garlic, rosemary, thyme, and sage over the fish and potatoes. Drizzle with oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Roast fish until the skin is crisp and the flesh is just cooked through about 20 minutes. The potatoes should be crispy-brown and cooked through. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.