Author: Jane

Chef’s secrets- Rata (part un)

Rata is owned and operated by Josh Emmett (Michelin Star- amazeballs cook for the ones of us who don’t understand that) and Fleur Caulton (highly regarded restauranteur (and in my opinion all round LOVELY LADY).  Rata 43 Ballarat Street Queenstown 03 442 9393 To start us off with number ONE in the cooking at home we have: Rata’s Smoked Fish Croquettes 300g Agria Potatoes- washed and unpeeled 250g smoked fish  eg. Warehou, Kingfish, Kawhai Finely chopped chive 1T 1/2 lemons – zest and juice 1t Dijon mustard  – to taste Roux Mix 35g butter 35g flour 125ml fish stock Crumb 3 eggs 200g packet of Japanese panko crumbs How to: Makes approx 20 croquettes great for small and large kids parties! 1. Bake potatoes in a moderate oven @ 150c, resting on a bed of rock salt until soft. ( All other preparations can be done whilst these are cooking). Remove from oven & allow to cool slightly. Halve and scoop the potato from the skin, pass through a fine sieve. The final sieved weight should be 150g. 2. Next make the Roux by melting the butter in a pot over a low heat. Add flour and cook over low heat  for approx 3-4 mins. Slowly add hot stock and whisk until thick sauce consistency is achieved. Cook for a further 5 min ensuring no lumps. NB- Fish stock...

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Chef’s Secrets- Introduction

You know the feeling. You go to a gorgeous new restaurant in town, you visit an old dining haunt and you order the same thing on the menu every time because you JUST LOVE IT. (And you’re sick of eating beans on toast- or is that just me)Well, no thanks needed (I want lots of thanks, particularly in the form of cake, things that sparkle and new bike wheels) but here you have it. Coming up Part One of secrets (just call me Sherlock) of those favourite dishes from your favourite places. Chef’s have picked their favourite starter, main,...

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Green Isle- Shola Coach House

Maybe a random post as this is not about Queenstown, but I feel it is. Good friends are made in Queenstown and often good friends decide to leave (humpf), decide to leave and go to Ireland (humpf) and then open a B&B (what!). Then Queenstownlife decides to travel home to the UK for a while and make a whistle-stop tour at said B&B (yay!) And yay it was.WOW. Shola Coach House Boutique Bed and Breakfast in Portrush, Northern Island is stunning. End of. My work is done.Just joking. My mum and I flew to Belfast for a week of...

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To market to market

Remarkables market is held every Saturday from 26th Oct 2013- 19 April 2014 in the Red Barn just past the Remarkables Town Centre entrance. (Out near the airport) Packed full of goodies such as coffee cart, baked goods, smoothies, jewellery, meats, cheeses, music, home wear, hand crafted goods its a bloomin’ good reason to get your bum out of bed early on a Saturday morning (8.30am-1pm) I had to stop going a few years back as the Almond Croissants were playing havoc with my waistline (sooooo good) but alas the pull to return was far too good. First stop...

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Colac Bay Birthday

We travelled down to Colac Bay/ Riverton for the weekend of birthday-ness. A mere 2.15 hrs drive from Queenstown and the perfect place to go to if you want to get to the beach and eat your body weight in good food have some quiet time. We rented Abalone Beach House which is right on the beach and comfortably sleeps 6. We also rented the little crib next door, as there were more of us and then we set to work eating, drinking, eating, walking on the beach, getting throttled by the waves, eating and basically larking about. Perfection. ...

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