The Short Apron – Spicers Clovelly Estate BBQ’d octopus, lemon, chilli, parsley and romesco. The Long Apron has recently unveiled their latest creation, a new, relaxed, fresh and zesty lunchtime menu, The Short Apron. Continuing the legacy of The Long Apron, The Short Apron showcases the best of the Sunshine Coast’s stunning seafood and seasonal produce and […]
Here’s our top 5 reason why you should escape on a well deserved midweek escape! 1. Crowds? What crowds? Take time out midweek to discover the must-see sites, attractions, restaurants and destinations that everyone wants to visit and you’ll see them at your leisure, on your own terms, within your own time. Avoid all the […]
We don’t like to sound too confident, but we think that our retreats are set in some of the most beautiful and unique landscapes this country has to offer. It’s because of this, that we believe one of the most important things for guests to do when staying with us, is to get out and explore. […]
Be prepared for next year! The pack down and the storage of your Christmas decorations always seems to be such a rushed, last minute job. However if you can spare a few extra minutes and take a little extra care in storing your decorations and lights it will ensure a quick and enjoyable time […]
Salad with pickled mango, mint & chilli chutney, peanut dressing SALAD: MANGO, MINT & CHILLI CHUTNEY: Left-over duck, hamturkey or prawns 1 mango, diced 400g […]
INGREDIENTS: 550g egg whites 550g caster sugar 250g Almonds 200g Pistachios 560g flour 10g salt METHOD: 1. Whisk egg whites to a soft peak, and slowly add the sugar until its dissolved into the egg white 2. Mix up the rest of the dry ingredients then fold into the egg mix 3. Put […]
Spicers Tamarind Retreat Walk to Gardners Falls- The falls are on public land but can be accessed by a path on the Tamarind property. Make sure you bring your bathers and some walking shoes- these falls are a definite must see at our property. Spicers Clovelly Estate A beautiful rainforest walk on our private property is […]
Thai Basil Gin & Tonic INGREDIENTS: 120ml Four Pillars Gin Bunch ofThai Basil 3 limes, sliced into wedges 1 orange 750ml tonic Ice METHOD: 1. In a jug, muddle the lime and most of the basil 2. Add the gin, lots of ice and stir until ice cold 3. Add the juice of half […]
Matt Bremerkamp (Spicers Vineyards Estate) “Pigs in Blanket”, delicious bacon wrapped sausages. Being from England, this is almost a staple in our diet! Sam Hardinge (Spicers Sangoma Retreat) My favourite Christmas food is simply smoked leg ham cut thick off the bone, charred on the bbq then drowned in hommus. Cam Matthews (Spicers Clovelly Estate) […]
For a great alternative to the traditional seafood/cocktail sauce I like to make a Sriracha Mayo. All you need is a bottle of Japanese Mayo (Kewpie) and a bottle of Sriracha (Thai chilli sauce). Place some mayo into a bowl and whisk in some Sriracha to taste, you can also squeeze in some lime juice […]
Cam Matthews, head chef at Spicers Clovelly Estate brings you his top tips for picking the freshest seafood this festive season: 1. The eyes should be bright, clear, and convex, never cloudy or sunken. 2. If the fish has any noticeable odor, it should smell briny and of the sea, like seaweed. Anything noticeably […]
INGREDIENTS Cake Mix Poppy Seed Mix 500g plain flour 500g poppy seeds 200ml lukewarm milk 100g candied orange zest 5 egg yolks 100g raisins 1 vanilla pod 150g sugar 120g castor sugar 4 tbsp honey 40g fresh yeast 50g butter 4 egg whites METHOD Mix 1 tbsp of sugar with yeast, add […]
Embrace the wreath as your statement decoration of choice. Go big on your front door to make an immediate impact and give your neighborhood some Christmas cheer! Making your own DIY wreath is easy, buy a woven wreath base from your local craft store and customise with your own touches such as herbs, baubles, […]
When you’re feeling fancy… NV Stewart and Prentice Blanc de Blanc Celebration Gippsland, VIC $19.99 Mal Stewart, and Neil Prentice come together to create some alchemy and produce delicious sparkling. Mal’s precision, Neil’s flamboyance and some great fruit, make for a purity unseen in bubbles at this price point. Something on the lighter […]
French Toast with Chocolate Ganache and Sour Cherries (serves two) INGREDIENTS 1 can sour cherries in wine syrup 4 slices brioche bread 70g cream 4 eggs, beaten 40g dark chocolate 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 60g milk chocolate 1/2 orange zest 10g butter 3 tsp cinnamon sugar 30ml of Hot Water 1 tbsp oil METHOD […]
Christmas is all about giving and sometimes the smallest gifts have the most impact. Be sure to share a little joy with Spicers 5 tips to spreading Christmas cheer: 1. Give someone a compliment! We always think it so just say it! Don’t be afraid to share a compliment as you’ll easily make someone’s day with […]
INGREDIENTS 150ml egg whites (approximately 4 x 60g eggs) 1 cup (220g) icing sugar 2 1/2 teaspoons cornflour 2 teaspoons dried lemon myrtle powder 3/4 teaspoon white wine vinegar METHOD 1. Preheat oven to 150°C. 2. Put the egg whites into a bowl and electric mix until soft pearl consistency. 3. Slowly add the sugar […]
“If you’re cooking Christmas lunch do not start drinking before your guests arrive!” Wendy Morris – Spicers Sangoma Retreat “If you are cooking Christmas lunch at home, get the whole family involved. You don’t need to do everything yourself!” Clare Bremerkamp – Spicers Vineyards Estate “Make moments to treasure not give treasures for […]
INGREDIENTS 1kg beef rump cap 1/2 cup honey 5 tablespoons of soy sauce (you can use a gf soy) 2 tbsp fish sauce METHOD 1. Arrange the meat flat on a tray and freeze until firm, when meat is ready make sure you trim it of any fat, then slice along the grain 6mm […]
1. Just like us, our plants love food this time of year! Try a liquid fertiliser and plenty of water early in the morning or in the cool of the evening to help plants flourish over summer! 2. Keep the bugs away naturally by planting some companion plants such as marigolds or sunflowers. These will […]
INGREDIENTS 300g almond meal 1 tbs fresh ginger (finely grated) 1 tbs nutmeg 1/2 tsp fresh tumeric 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted 2 tbsp good honey 1 egg 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 vanilla bean METHOD 1. Mix all the dry ingredients together until well combined 2. Blend the vanilla, coconut oil, honey and […]
INGREDIENTS Loaf brioche – roughly torn Cup of prunes (soaked overnight in Drambuie, coarsley chopped) 1/2 bunch lemon thyme 250gm rendered speck lardons 5 cloves crushed garlic 200g butter Large brown onion – finely chopper Small thumb of fresh ginger – chopped Cracked black pepper METHOD 1. Sweat the onion, garlic and ginger […]
INGREDIENTS Whole leg or shoulder ham (about 5 kg), skin removed 6 x pieces blade mace 2 x 750 ml of your favourite dry cider 220 g (1 cup) brown sugar 2 oranges, 1 juiced, 1 thickly sliced ½ tsp mustard powder METHOD 1. Place ham in a large pan and add 1 bottle of […]
“Creating space for daily rituals of self-care is the first step towards a luminous, beautiful complexion and a lifestyle that embraces health and vitality” – Michelle Reeve/Founder & formulator of Waterlily. At Spa Anise, our purpose is to create wholesome and therapeutic experiences nourishing the face, body and mind and ultimately inspiring wellness. This doesn’t […]
Ash Martin – Homage Sustainability is a huge part of the Spicers philosophy and nowhere more so than Homage Restaurant at Spicers Hidden Vale. Head Chef Ash Martin and his team have taken ‘farm to fork’ from a catchphrase and made it a lifestyle. An essential part of that philosophy is minimising wastage in the […]
Decorating tips for Christmas How we do it at Spicers 1. Cluster your decorations together to make a beautiful vignette Add WOW factor and depth for everyone to see. Pictured above is the corner of our gorgeous barn at Spicers Hidden Vale. In this example, we’ve replicated the rustic feel of our country property in our […]
Sam Hardinge – Sangoma (Spicers Sangoma Retreat) Char grilled baby octopus INGREDIENTS 500g baby octopus 200ml pomegranate molasses Handful chopped parsley 3 cloves of garlic Pinch of cayenne pepper (1/4 tsp) METHOD 1. Combine all ingredients and marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hours2. Char the octopus on the barbie until cooked Sam’s […]
Spicers Retreats restaurants were awarded four of the top awards at the 2016 Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence The Long Apron, located at Spicers Clovelly Estate, was awarded the nights largest award – Restaurant of the Year – along with Best Fine Dining Restaurant The Tamarind, located at Spicers Tamarind Retreat, […]
We are very excited to reveal the first image of our newest hotel in the heart of Sydney, Spicers Potts Point Hotel. Featuring 20 rooms (including four suites) spread across three heritage-listed terrace houses, Spicers Potts Point Hotel is due to open in early 2017 as our eighth property, and our third in New […]
Marriage is such a special occasion. It’s a time for love, connection, promises and everlasting memories. When you look back at the photos of your wedding day you want to remember what it felt like in that moment; the sights, the sounds, the smells. You want to be transported back to that special day. That’s […]
Parenthood is an incredible time in any couple’s life. Two becomes three and so on. But having children doesn’t mean your adventures and experiences as a couple have to end. In fact, there is a lot of research indicating that continuing a romantic life outside parental duties is extremely beneficial for your relationship. That’s where […]
Winter is coming…. And what better time to get cozy and toasty warm with your loved one. Luckily, Spicers Retreats are made for winter and designed with romance in mind so there’s no reason not to lift your romantic game these cooler months and visit your favourite retreat. Here’s a little taste of what you can […]
Champagne flowed and so did the delicious canapes as guests gathered in the Courtyard at Spicers Balfour Hotel for the 2016 opening of Chefs in the City on the 5th of May. It was a special night. Not only because it kicked off the culinary celebrations for the year, but because it introduced a brand new […]
At this year’s Good Food Guide awards, Spicers Retreats’ commitment to culinary excellence shone through with four Spicers Restaurants taking home a total of seven chefs hats.
Savour an extraordinary evening of fine dining, as award-winning head chefs from six of our luxury retreats bring their unique approach and favourite regional flavours to the city.
Whether it’s ensuring our grounds look breathtaking, our rooms are impeccable, or our cuisine is unforgettable, everyone at Spicers works hard to deliver what we proudly call Relaxed Luxury…
Spicers Retreats is proud to announce that Sangoma Retreat, a luxury boutique property situated in the Blue Mountains, has joined the Spicers collection.
Chef Peter Van Lunn of The Balfour Kitchen shares his recipes for these two Christmas favourites – Spiced Run and Cranberry Balls and Iced Eggnog.
Chef Ash Martin shares his recipe for ‘Beetroot cured kingfish ceviche, charred octopus with melon garden cucumber and radishes’
If you’re looking for something to indulge in this winter, try this decedent dessert from award winning head chef Doug Innes-Will from The Peak restaurant at Spicers Peak Lodge.