Food & Cookery

Unholster your hotdogs, JanRay’s in town

Tammy Staines and John (Buzz) Buswell have opened a new cafe for Condobolin, JanRay’s on Bathurst Street.ADVERTORIAL

Many Condobolinite’s will remember the days of Morgan’s Cafe in Bathurst Street.

For a while now, that friendly little café we all knew and loved has been sitting in our main street empty and unused.

Recently however, it was given a new face and opened last Tuesday by Tammy Staines and John (Buzz) Buswell of Condobolin as JanRay’s.

It has always been Tammy’s dream to one day own a cafe, and after 20 years in the mining industry, John was looking for a new direction and a challenge.

So when the opportunity arose to obtain the premises that was once Morgan’s Cafe, the pair grabbed it with both hands.

Buzz says that so far they have had nothing but positivity and support from the community in their new business venture.

“We have had 98% positive feedback. It is still a learning curve, so that remaining 2% of constructive criticism we have taken on and used to improve our service; we are always open to feedback” says Buzz.

“We just want to provide Condobolin with a friendly, homely, community minded atmosphere with great food and coffee” he said.

And whilst on the subject of community mindedness, JanRay’s is offering one of their front windows to any community groups and events that would like to create a display to promote themselves.

So drop in to JanRay’s on Bathurst Street and try their gourmet hotdogs, delicious baked potatoes on Thursdays and Fridays, and I can personally vouch for their scallops and thickshakes.

Trundle Bush Tucker day

The annual Trundle Bush Tucker Day is once again gearing up to impress taste buds and provide the best in Australian bush cuisine.

With an incredible five band line-up, celebrity guest judges and of course all the bush tucker you could hope for, the event is set to be bigger and better than ever before.

Secretary for Trundle Bush Tucker Day, Lynda Horkings, said there would be something for everyone at this year’s event.

“We’ve got Fast Ed from Better Homes and Gardens,” she said.

“We also have Shane Howard from Goanna playing with his band as well as Tori Darke, Set in Motion, Rock Bottom and Coastal Boot Scooters.

“The entertainment will be going all day, weather permitting.”

Lynda said all the usual competitions would also be on over the course of the event.

“We’ll be having the best designed hat competition, the bushman’s relay, billy boil sprint, national damper throw, yard dog trial and the tug-o-war,” she said.

“We’ll also be having a bush Master Chef which is similar to the television version though the participants will have to work with bush ingredients.

“There will be lots of stalls and the bush cooking competition with $1000 cash prize which has been sponsored by AgnVet.”

Trundle Bush Tucker Day will be on Saturday September 3 and is a no BYO, glass free festival.

Tickets are $70 for families, $30 for adults, $5 for 12 to 17 years and free for under 12s.

Camping is included in the ticket price.

RSL’s new Bistro opens

David and Gigi Lau are the new owners of the Condobolin RSL Bistro. DGThe Condobolin RSL bistro will reopen today under new ownership.

Featuring a Chinese variety menu, new restaurateur David Lau said he was thrilled to have the chance to supply good local service for customers.

“Today we will be featuring normal deals as well as seven dollar lunch specials which alternate throughout the week,” he said.

“Every Friday night we will feature all you can eat banquettes at $16 per adult and $12 for children under 16.”

David said he has over twenty years experience working in Chinese restaurants.

“I started in Mt Druitt where I ran a restaurant for four years,” he said.

“From there I went to Springwood in the Blue Mountains where I worked in friend’s shop for 18 years.

“Most recently I worked in Trundle for three years, so I feel as though I already know a lot of the people around here.”

Biggest Morning Tea

Condobolin Tennis Club gathered at their clubhouse to raise funds for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.  L-R: Lil Lukins, Karyn White, Lois Black and Marie O’Neill. KTAustralia’s Biggest Morning Tea celebrations were held across Condobolin last week, with an impressive number of different local organisations raising funds for Cancer Council Australia with a selection of delicious mid morning snacks.
First off the mark on Tuesday May 24 was the CWA at the Western Plains Regional Development Office.
All the usual morning tea treats were on offer and a raffle was drawn with 100% of the proceeds going to the Cancer Council.
$350 was raised at the event and four different people took home raffle prizes.
Wednesday May 25 saw Lindy Hall at Condo Clothing bring along homemade lamingtons and providing cups of tea for a gold coin donation.
The total amount raised for the day was $221, which included Lindy contributing $5 of every item purchased in the store on the day to the Cancer Council.
“It’s something simple for a great cause,” Lindy said.
Thursday May 26 saw a whole host of organisations offering morning tea around town, with Cafe Romo raising around $700 and offering an incredible selection of cakes and slices to all those who made a donation.
At The Condobolin Aboriginal Health Service’s morning tea, approximately $220 was raised with staff and members of the public enjoying an array of sweets in the organisation’s meeting room.
Thursday also saw the Condobolin Tennis Club, Condobolin High School and Quota having morning teas of their own.
Quota raised an outstanding $710 with 78 morning teas being served and Beatrice Hamilton winning the raffle.
The Tennis Club raised $440 and the high school raised $162.50.
Wrapping up celebrations for the week on Sunday was Happy Daze Coffee Lounge with a morning tea, raffles and giveaways and a grand total of approximately $500 being raised.
A big congratulation also goes to all the other organisations around town not mentioned in this article, and a big thumbs up to everyone who donated to such a worthy cause.

‘Black Olive’ cooks in Condobolin

Condobolin High School student Adam Richards (right) will be doing an internship with Mark Olive (left) at his Melbourne restaurant. DGBy Dominic Geiger

Celebrity Chef, Mark Olive aka ‘The Black’ Olive spent last Thursday teaching a group of enthusiastic Condobolin High School students how to cook using traditional Aboriginal bush foods.
While at the school, Mark also presented a $2000 cheque from AUSTAR Television to deputy principal Robyn Walsh to support the school’s new ‘Food For Life’ project.
The project aims to teach children how to cook healthy foods from the supermarket on a limited budget.
With the help of a number of food technology students, Mark spent most of his time at the school preparing a meal consisting of damper, various Australian bush herbs, emu sausages and fresh vegetables.
In his address to the school, Mark said he felt proud to be able to bring Aboriginal food to schools and televisions across the nation.
“I’ve had such an amazing opportunity to be able to do this,” he said.
“I want to encourage all you kids, whether you’re black or white, just to get out there and follow your dreams.”
While cooking, Mark spoke at length about the different health benefits of eating Australian native animals.
“I think a lot of people get very concerned when we talk about eating our coat of arms,” he said.
“Skippy has a lot to answer for; Skippy is very tasty.
“Kangaroo meat is incredibly good for you because it’s low in fat and an excellent source of iron.”
Mark said if people found it difficult to access certain types of meats, most butchers would be able to order them from other places.
“Part of what today is about is encouraging kids to go in to stores and ask for these types of food,” he said.
“All the vegies we’re using today came from a supermarket in Condo, though we brought the herbs and meat from my restaurant in Melbourne.
“Today I’m trying to break down the barrier between indigenous and non indigenous foods; I want to bring native foods back in to the mainstream.”
While at the school, a year ten student, Adam Richards, approached Mark about doing an internship at Mark’s Melbourne restaurant.
Adam’s Mother, Janine Richards, said Adam was obsessed with pursuing a career as a chef.
“He was first in his class for food technology last year,” she said.
“He has such a passion for cooking; he gave up a rugby game today to be here.
“Mark really inspires him, so today and the work experience will really help.”

The tale of the travelling fruit cake

Joy Gibson with her prized fruit cake.Condobolin resident Joy Gibson is once again on her way to the Sydney Royal Easter Show (SRES) in an attempt to win the prize for the best fruit cake.
All competitors must follow the exact recipe in the baking process and the winner will be selected based exclusively on their cooking skills.
Joy said all competitors at the SRES would have won both local and regional fruitcake competitions to be given the chance to compete in Sydney.
“I went once before and my fruitcake was listed as ‘highly commended’,” she said.
“I’m optimistic about my chances but you never really know how you’ll go.
“I don’t have any secrets; I just follow the recipe.”

The secret’s out

The special publication 'The Country Show Cookbook' will be available to purchase at the Condobolin ShowThe secrets of some of the State’s champion cooks have been revealed in a special publication, recently launched as a fundraiser for the NSW country show movement.
The Country Show Cookbook: Award –winning Recipes at Country Shows is a heart-warming collection of traditional recipes, some with a twist, presented in a 256-page, hard-cover, colour-illustrated book.
It contains award-winning recipes by many NSW country shows including three by champion Condobolin Show cooks.
Of the 200 show societies in NSW, around 100 accepted the invitation of the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW (ASC) to submit recipes.  Each has won a champion prize at a show, either local or Royal, and all recipes were tested by ASC cooks.
David Moor, immediate past-president of the ASC said, “I would have thought you would have more success extracting the fangs of an irritated tiger snake than a secret recipe by a show winner,” but this proved not to be the case with the ASC being willingly inundated with 400 recipes from which the book’s selection of 180 were made.
In Condobolin we submitted 9 recipes by seven of our most consistent champion cooks of the last decade of both cookery and home-made classes and those selected by the editors for publication were the butter cake recipe of Judith Davis with chocolate, orange and marble adaptations; Kate Cunningham’s lemon butter with lime, orange and passionfruit variations; and the quince jelly of Daphne Williams.
As a number of local cooks have commented since trying out some of the recipes, one of the beauties of the book is that the ingredients are all standard pantry fare with little need to hunt for exotic additions.
Copies are available for $25 each at the Secretary’s Office at the Showground, so get in early because they are selling like …… well, like hot cakes!

Country Energy set to sizzle

Culinary delights and mouth watering teasers will be on the menu at this year’s Condobolin Show, as Country Energy features its infamous Country Energy cooking demonstrations.
For the first time, the local energy provider will showcase the Country Energy kitchen featuring cooking demonstrations and taste testing, taking place every hour on the hour from 10am to 2pm on Saturday.
Country Energy’s acting regional general manager, Ben McClements, said, “This event is a fantastic example
of how Country Energy continues to support the local organisations within the community.”
“This year, the Country Energy kitchen will feature popular local produce – lamb – with renowned Bathurst chef, Tracey Tullier, demonstrating a number of quick and easy recipes that customers can make at home,” Ben said.
Everyone who visits the Country Energy marquee on Saturday will have the opportunity to go into the draw for an energy efficiency pack valued at over $200 – there will also be some giveaways at each cooking demonstration.
Country Energy is a strong supporter of the communities in which it operates. Environmental, social, educational and cultural events and organisations benefit from our community sponsorship program.
“We are a big part of Condobolin community – our employees live and work in the area so investing in the future of the town is good business sense,” Ben said.

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