Mauritian Tasting Party

This tasting party isn’t on the Sunshine Coast but it’s in Southeast Queensland and I thought it was important enough to share here.  Rani’s Cuisine is a cooking school that teaches in customers’ homes.  It’s a fun and interactive way to learn all about Mauritian cooking.  Rani is from Mauritius and her dad is from India so their family recipes are a combination of both.

Sample Mauritian Indian Food

The business came about when Rani realised so many of her friends were asking not only for her recipes but what the cooking method should be.   It seemed that maybe her friends weren’t the only ones intrigued about this unique cultural cuisine and it turns out she was right.

Many have organised a cooking party in their homes where Rani brings all the food and everyone gets a chance to watch her prepare the meal or help out if they wish.  The classes can be 100% hands on for dedicated foodies.

Mauritian Tasting Party.

To give people an idea of what Mauritian food is like, Rani is offering a free tasting party in Kenmore (Brisbane) and you’re invited.

When:  May 26th 10am

Where:  24 Scandia Street, Kenmore

What’s on offer?

Tamarind sauce

Lime pickles

Mauritian Mazavarou (a spicy chilli paste)

Mauritian Piment Limon Rouge (Red Chili-Lemon Condiment)

Mauritian Piment Limon Vert (Green Chili-Lemon Condiment)

Masala Sev (Chickpea Flour Based Snack Mix)

Murukku (Rice Flour Based Snack)

Garam Masala (Spice mix for use in cooking)

Chettinad Masala (A very special curry powder)

Madras Curry Powder

garam masala
Rani’s Garam Masala

There is a door prize of the very coveted Rani’s Mango Pickles” for some lucky winner.  Maybe you?  (Maybe me?)  These mango pickles are Rani’s absolute favourite as the smell of the spices takes her back 30 years to when she watched her aunt make them in the back yard of the family home.  Her children love the tamarind sauce and the masala sev snack mix.  (I have sampled the snack mix and it’s wonderful.)  The best selling products are the masala sev and the garam masala.

All Rani’s Cuisine products are produced in a commercial kitchen and the recipes are all from Rani’s aunt.  Her aunt taught her to cook and every success she has is a tribute to her.  Every visit back to Mauritius ends up with Rani coming back with even more wonderful recipes.  Her aunt learned from her mother who learned from her mother so these Mauritian recipes go a long way back.

The spice mixes have a shelf life of about 4 months and the pastes and condiments will last a year.  Rani preserves all the limes and lemons herself, ensuring that they are all organic.  All handmade, no nasty chemicals and all made in Brisbane.  She will ship anywhere in Australia for $30 minimum order.

If you can come, please let Rani know at her Mauritian Tasting Party event page on Facebook, we’d love to see you there!  You can follow her food adventures on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest too.




Jake and Elle Do Minyama Proud on My Kitchen Rules

Jake and ElleUnless you’ve been living under a television rock, you’re aware that the cooking duo Jake and Elle from the Sunshine Coast were in the My Kitchen Rules finals.  I watched their first episode and it was fun.

The night of their taping, the entire street was lit up with movie lights and the canal was lit up as well.    The MKR team arrived at dawn and they didn’t finish cleaning up and leaving before 2am.  Talk about a long day!

How do I know that?  I live 2 doors down from their parents where their episode was taped.  All the neighbourhood was pulling for Jake and Ellie.  She might be listed as Elle but we all know her as Ellie.


The family travels around the world frequently so the two have eaten food from some of the fanciest places in the world and their mother Josie is a fantastic cook.  They definitely learned their love of cooking from her.

When they applied for My Kitchen Rules, nobody was surprised that they’d be selected.  They both have a great personality and are friendly to everyone they meet.

In their real lives, Ellie studies business and law at QUT and Jake studies performance and dance when his body isn’t giving him issues.  While Jake is quite flamboyant, Ellie is quietly competitive.  I really expected them to win My Kitchen Rules for 2013 but second place isn’t too bad.  It was a heroic effort.

For their third course they served a lobster stack on semolina crackers.  I have no idea  how it tasted but it was gorgeous on the plate.

Jake and Elle's First Course

For their fourth course, they served a confit duck with Jerusalem artichoke puree and balsamic sauce.

Jake and Elle's Confit Duck

And for the final course, the brother and sister team chose strawberry and amaretto semifreddo

Jake and Elle's Dessert

And with all that, they didn’t win.  The contest was really close I thought so coming in second is still a great outcome.  Fingers crossed that they’ll be back again for all-stars or something better.