THE LATEST GREAT RESTAURANT… IS YOUR OWN HOME

You don’t need to reserve a table, book a taxi or venture out in the heat, or the cold depending which time of the year.Let Ramsay without the F, prepare, cook, serve and clean for you, eliminate the stress & pressure of planning and organising and delivering your special occasion whilst meeting your specific tailored requirements.

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Ramsay without the F is offering to bring the restaurant experience to your own living room with this own home fine dining service.

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Chef Rod Ramsay from Australia will cook in your kitchen, bring waiters to serve your meal and even wash your pans and dishes. An exclusive Private Chef there is no better way to spoil yourself and your guests. A combination of fine dining experience at the highest level and an unrivalled passion for cuisine has enabled Ramsay without the F to offer an exquisite, fine dining experience that is second to none.

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Ramsay without the F, has degustation menus, from 4 to 9 courses, or elaborate small intimate dinners fro you. Our dishes are made with only the freshest of seasonal produce sourced from growers and suppliers who share our passion for excellence in food.

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Although, Ramsay without the F, offers his private chef services mostly in the Whitsundays, travel throughout Australia and overseas can be considered.

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FRESH NEW SPIN ON EVENT CATERING

Ramsay’s on the Run started a new business Ramsay without the f this year, and is now the caterer of choice for the greater area of the Whitsunday’s, we cater from Mackay through to Townsville. I never expected to start this business, it just kind of happened, through a need for something different for the wonderful area that I live in.

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We are not the normal catering company, recipes are inspired by conversations with our producers and our field work, which includes interviews with clients with interesting memories of foods and childhood.

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We pride ourselves on cultivating long term relationships with our farmers, hunters, fishermen and foragers, giving us access to rare ingredients we feel honoured to work with. All our purveyors keep sustainability high on the agenda, and we in turn constantly keep this complex topic at the fore of our development strategy.

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We put the ingredients at the centre of our cuisine, aiming to show them in their most natural and delicious form. We keep messing around to a minimum, preserving fresh, delicious and traditional flavour. If you are looking for a wedding, event catering company with a difference, then we may be able to help you. We also do private cooking classes, from yourself to 16 clients. Children’s cooking classes are a must in this ever busy world, I am always amazed to hear that young adults can not cook, after being with us they walk out proud!

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Coeliacs often cringe at the mere mention of the words “catered event”.

It usually means platters of sandwiches and sausage rolls, and tiers of cakes and slices chock full of gluten, dairy and sugar. And that means going hungry. Or at least sitting in the corner nibbling on a blackened emergency banana or squashed gluten free bar.

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All that is going to change for the greater area of the Whitsundays, with one of the area’s hottest new caterers, offering gluten free, sugar free, vegetarian and even vegan sweet and savoury dishes.

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So the next time you have an event coming up, sit down with us and we will work with you and not against you. It’s been a really enjoyable ride so far, and its become something I never knew was possible.

 

 

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Making Artisan Bread at Home

YES, YOU CAN

Bread baking, like life, can be done simply or elaborately. You can make bread with a few basic ingredients and without a lot of gadgetry. And you don’t have to be an expert to do to. Anyone can make fine artisan breads at home, all it takes is the knowledge of ingredients, equipment, and techniques. Most home bakers don’t have a fancy brick oven, and many people get nervous at the mere mention of the word “yes at”. Not to worry; it isn’t as scary as you think. For one thing, commercial yeast is easier than ever to use. Thanks to the development of instant dry yeast, you can blend the yeast granules with the flour you are using without having to proof it first. A big plus.

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If you think baking bread will be hard to fit into your schedule, there are several ways to save time. Many doughs, such as pizza and sweet rolls, benefit from being mixed the night before and allowed to slowly rise in the fridge over night. Or, if you prepare a dough that doesn’t require a prolonged resting period, you can pull a crusty, satisfying loaf out of the oven in a few hours.

Perhaps you’ve found the time to bake bread by using a bread by using a bread machine (there’s no shame in that), but now you’re to take the next step. or you used to bake bread and want to get back into it again. Now’s the time! To get you started, here are some hints.

PREPARATION IS EVERYTHING

Before you do anything, read the recipe so you’re sure you understand the ingredients you need and the techniques and the timetable you are to follow. Next, get out your thermometer. By using a thermometer, you’ll be able to make sure your ingredients are at the correct temperature needed to provide the right environment for the yeast. The best way to ensure this is to control the temperature of your liquid and have the rest of your ingredients at room temperature. So, for example, if you store your flour in the freezer, be sure to take it out ahead of time.

BREAK OUT THE SCALE

Many home bakers rely on measuring cups to portion out their recipe ingredients by volume. It’s probably what you were taught to do, and it may seem to work well enough. Professional bakers, however, are always looking for consistent results and they search for ways to control the end product. knowing that the amount of flour in a measuring cup can and does vary (due to humidity, settling, how and when the flour was milled, the type of cup being used, and the way the cup was filled), professional bakes remove those variables by weighing their ingredients. Scales simply provide a more accurate measurement. If you don’t have a scale or aren’t ready to give up your measuring cups, that’s not a problem – I will provide volume measurements in my recipes for you.

GET A RISE OUT OF YOUR YEAST

There are several types of yeast available, but I recommend using instant dry yeast. It comes in packets or in bulk, and does not require proofing in warm water before you use it. You simply mix it with flour before adding other ingredients. Instant dry yeast is often labeled as “Bread Machine Yeast” or “Rapid Rise.” If the label isn’t clear, check the instructions for how to use the yeast granules with the dry ingredients, you’ve found the right yeast. Unlike “active” dry yeast, instant dry yeast will not make your bread turn gummy.mtmxntk2mdewndm3nzg5nza2

MIX IT UP

As you mix bread dough, there are several goals you need to keep in mind. Of course, you’re trying to combine the ingredients into a homogenous mass, but that’s not all. Proper mixing ensures that the flour absorbs the liquid appropriately and distributes the yeast uniformly. The right mixing technique will incorporate air and develop the gluten (or structure of the bread), resulting in bread with good volume and a good internal structure. So what is the right mixing technique? Different types of breads rely on different methods. Some call for short mixing periods, while others insist on longer mixing – it all depends on the level of gluten development needed. Read your recipe throughly and mix your dough according to the specified directions.

GIVE IT A REST

Once you have mixed the dough, consider the environment in which you’re placing it for the fermentation stage _ the period when the yeast goes to work and the dough rests and expands. If it’s a cold winter day and the temperature of your dough is cooler than expected, try to put it in a warm area, say, on top of a preheating oven or on top of your fridge. Check the dough periodically and move it if it gets too warm. In the summer, if you’re in a hot kitchen, you may want to try affecting the outcome before you mix the dough – make your water slightly cooler than directed to compensate for the ambient heat.

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IT’S ALL IN THE FOLD

If folding sounds new to you, perhaps it’s because in the past you’ve “punched down” or “deflated” your bread dough, or heard others describe it this way. Pummeling your dough is too rough a treatment, so please resist the urge. Why fold your dough? Because folding is just as important as mixing for the structure of the bread. Through proper folding, you redistribute the yeast, which allows it to continue to do its thing – create great bread. Here’s how you fold: gently stretch the dough to elongate it, then fold it into thirds like a sheet or a towel, making sure to dust off any flour on the dough as you go ( you don’t want raw flour added to your dough). Finally, cover your dough and watch the clock until it’s time for the next step.

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TURN UP THE HEAT

It’s wise to preheat your oven from 25 to 50 degrees higher than the temperature at which you intend to bake. Here’s why: when you open the oven door to load your bread, it can take a minute or two to get it in there, and a considerable amount of heat is lost while the oven door is open. Preheating at a higher temperature can compensate for this loss of heat. Once the bread is in and the oven door is closed, you can adjust the controls to lower the baking temperature and your oven will be at the right temperature from the start. But before you even get to the baking part, it helps to know your oven. If you haven’t already, read the manual to see how it works, and use an oven thermometer to test for hot spots. If something seems off, have a professional service the oven.

BRING ON THE STEAM

Some bread recipes instruct you to steam the bread once it’s in the oven. You may wonder whether you really need to do this, especially if – like most home bakers – you do not have a steam injected oven. Steam, in the early stages of baking, helps prevent the crust from forming too early, therefore allowing the bread to rise as high as it can. Steam also makes for a better quality crust that is thin, crisp, and glossy.

It’s easy to get steam into a regular oven: select a cast iron skillet or an old cookie sheet that you don’t mind warping. Fill it halfway with water and place it in the bottom of the oven while you are preheating, or for about 10 minutes before you plan to bake. This will produce steam when you need it. Using ice cubes by throwing them into a hot pan just as you put the bread in, I do not recommended. They don’t melt fast enough to produce the steam you need for proper “oven spring”

KEEP YOUR COOL

When your bread comes out of the oven, remove it from the pan or baking tray and place it on a cooling rack. This allows for proper airflow, lets the crust set up properly, and prevents the bottom of the loaf from getting soggy after contact with a solid surface. Cooling is an important step, so resist the temptation to tear right into the warm loaf of bread you just baked. A cooled loaf of bread will keep its shape and the crust will look good, just as it does in a professional bakery.

You now have the keys to making quality artisan bread at home. Remember to enjoy the experience, share it with others, and bake often!

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WHAT DO YOU BUY THE PERSON IN YOUR LIFE THAT HAS EVERYTHING

As the festive season draws ever closer, thousands of shoppers will frequent online and offline outlets in search of the ideal gifts for their loved ones.

Unfortunately, although you may find it easy to shop for many of your friends and family members, at Ramsay’s on the run we recognise how there will always undoubtedly be a certain special someone for whom it seems impossible to buy! Regardless of whether this loved one is a spouse, relative or close friend, many of us face the annual gift-giving dilemma of finding presents which will suit the person in your life who seemingly already has everything they could ever want or need!

Fortunately, at Ramsay’s on the run,  we have devised a solution to this dreaded festive dilemma; private staff support! By giving the gift of time in the form of temporary, part-time or full-time private staff assistance, you can reward the person in your life who seemingly has everything with a thoughtful present from which they will benefit throughout the year.

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Consequently, if you have begun your Christmas shopping and would like to reward a family member or friend with a gift like no other, then listed below are our helpful hints on how to match them with their ideal avenue of private staff support:

Private chefs: If you have someone in your life who seemingly has everything but never has time to cook then why not give them the gift of a private chef?

At Ramsay’s on the run we can match your friend and relatives with extensively qualified and diversely experienced culinary professionals who can provide the following services:

 

  • Plan and prepare an array of delicious menus in accordance with your friend or family member’s particular culinary tastes or dietary requirements
  • Provide the person  in your life with one-to-one cooking lessons and demonstrations, introduce them to a broad spectrum of international cuisine.
  • Provide exquisite catering services for formal dining events or social gatherings.

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In this manner, investing a private chef service will enable your gift recipient to enjoy delicious and nutritious meals on a daily basis with minimal hassle. Moreover, giving the gift of a private chef could even lead to the person in your life discovering a new passion for cooking; thereby equipping them with culinary skills that will benefit them far beyond the festive season! One of the best things is that we can do it anywhere!

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Who is Ramsay’s on the Run?

Rod Ramsay;

Has been living his dream of fine cuisine and travel. His chef background establishes him as one of the foremost chefs in New Zealand and Australia, having managed and run award winning restaurants, hotel kitchens and event venues. Rod, along with wife Belinda, managed world renowned Sign of the Takahe, one of Christchurch’s most popular boutique event venues, in the Port Hills of Christchurch. This restaurant won the Beef and Lamb award 5 years running. Also Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses, Sheraton Perth

A highlight of Rod’s career was to be invited to act as private chef to Prince Philip during an Australasian visit, Rod travelled with the Prince and prepared fine cuisine for his small entourage.

Belinda Ramsay;

has extensive knowledge in customer service in the art of making the customer feel that they are the only person that is on the planet. Both Rod and Belinda have travelled the world, and are very knowledgeable in travel and food. Belinda is the stylist from a passion that she has nurtured for many years. Belinda is always looking for new inspiration in magazines, cookery books, shops and anything else that catches her attention.

Please contact us by email:chef.rod.ramsay@gmail.com for more information and prices.

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