Blackberry Jam

Quinoa, Cacao & Blackberry Porridge

Serves 2

1 cup Quinoa

1.5 cups Boiling Water

1.5 cups Coconut Milk

2 teaspoons Cacao

3 teaspoons Kerr’s Organic Blackberry Jam

Add quinoa to liquids in a sauce pan and stir in cacao.

Simmer for 20-30 minutes adding a little more coconut milk if it’s not wet enough.

Just before serving stir in the Blackberry Jam

Yum…..

Jimmy likes to sprinkle some salt on the top of his

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Top tips for a great kids party

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1. Serve finger food.

If you can, keep it simple with hand held food. This makes eating while partying easier for everyone. Think platters of dips, crackers, mini sandwiches and anything canapé style. This means you can enjoy the party more as you won’t need to think about running out of cutlery.

2. Have food and drinks ready.

Be ready for your guests with some food and drinks already on tables. We all know kids are always hungry so make it easier for yourself and have some nibbles for your guests to graze on ready when the party begins.

3. Paper plates and cups.

Keep it simple with the clean up and have some paper plates and cups for your party this way no one needs to spend hours cleaning up after the party has ended. You can buy some that match your theme. Greatest part about them is they can be recycled.

4. Have rubbish bins available.

To help ensure your clean up is as easy as possible have some rubbish bins or bags around for your guests this ensures they aren’t piling the rubbish up on the cake table.

5. Activities.

Be sure to keep the kids entertained with a few different activities. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy but it is god to have some things for the kids to do. Choose activities that suit the ages of the kids at the party. It could be a bubble station, a painting station or choose things that match to your theme. Keep it simple and easy to do.

6. Preplan your music.

Music at parties is extremely easy these days with online streaming but take some time the days before the party to create your own playlist with music everyone will enjoy.

7. Take home favours.

Have some favours for your guests to take home with them. This doesn’t have to be fancy it could just be whatever they have created at the activities station or some of the birthday cake. You can get favour bags that match your theme as well.

8. To have a theme or not.

You don’t have to have a theme but if you do, let your kids pick a theme as it will make the party even more exciting and special to them. Try to focus on decorations and the cake that will fit your theme this keeps it simple for the day.

9. Have a photo booth.

This can be just a polaroid camera with a backdrop and a few fun props or a full hired photo booth. You don’t need it to be something that will blow your party budget but it is a great idea to create a fun activity for your guests of all ages to do.

10. Size doesn’t matter.

It doesn’t matter how big or small your party is as long as your kids have fun. You don’t need to make it a huge party, it can just be a few friends and family over for cake. Whatever fits your budget and busy schedule.

Or make life super simple and let the Nanna Kerr’s team do the work, with a kids High Tea party for just $29 per person including unlimited low sugar organic soft drink.

Goodbye 2017

It’s the last post for the year and what a year! We’ve served more than 25,000 customers… next year is going to be even bigger and we will be sharing some huge news in January.

Nan is shutting up shop from 4pm on Christmas Eve and will reopen at 9am on Wednesday 3rd January 2018 – everyone needs a little break.

If you are in the Hunter Valley we recommend booking a table online during the holiday period as everywhere can get very busy especially over brunchtime. Book for Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen here.

If you are still looking for some last minute gifts we’ve got some great deals on Print Your Own High Tea or egift vouchers and you can use the code MERRY at the checkout for an extra 15% off until 5pm on Christmas Day – perfect for any surprise visitors that don’t have a gift under the tree.

At the restaurant we are always looking for more ways to make a positive social and environmental impact. A couple of months ago we discovered Who Gives A Crap an organisation focused on helping 2.3 billion people (roughly 40% of the world’s population) that don’t have access to toilets. Poor sanitation causes diarrhoea related diseases that fill over half of sub-Saharan African hospital beds and kill 900 children under 5 every day. Luckily, toilets are proven to be a great solution—they provide dignity, health and an improved quality of life. And in case that wasn’t enough, it’s been shown that a dollar invested in sanitation yields $5.50 in increased economic prosperity. Toilets are magical!

What’s more is that you can order you toilet roll on subscription so you’ll never ever run out!

You can help too by just buying a different loo paper like Nanna Kerr and we’ve organised $10 off your first order.

Our annual Pokolbin Pride festival will be 3 years old in 2018. On the 12th, 13th and 14th we will be celebrating all things LGBTIQ in the Hunter Valley. Early bird tickets are now available for just $99 with access to all three parties.

Book your accomodation early and save $$$ 3-night stays are available for less than $300 for two people.

Have a very happy Christmas whoever you are celebrating with and wherever you are. We look forward to seeing you in the kitchen very soon.

Much love and gratitude,

Matty and Jimmy Kerr

xxx

I Do, I Do, I Do

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Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen is celebrating YES!

The Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen Wedding Reception Package for 2018 promises to keep your Wedding Day Smiles going long after the Big Day is over.

Where most businesses hike prices skywards the second they hear the “W Word”, Nanna Kerr’s is passionate about keeping things affordable and taking the sting out of your wedding reception budgets.

Catering to all couples, no matter what religion, race, sexual orientation or gender, the package is incredible value and promises to make your special day one to remember forever.

The entire package starts at just $7999 for up to 100 guests, including the happy couple. Couples who book before the end of January 2018 with a $1000 deposit will receive:

  • An organic two course menu designed around their likes and dislikes
  • Canapés and welcome bubbles or cocktail/mocktail for every guest
  • A two-hour drinks package, which includes unlimited Australian organic wine, local draught beer and cider, plus sparkling water / organic sparkling soft drinks
  • Exclusive use of the entire Nanna Ker’s Kitchen site, including the main dining area, veranda and garden area
  • The use of a 10m x 5m open sided marquee 
  • An outdoor stage area overlooking the vineyards and Brokeback Mountains, which is the perfect place to exchange vows

With a fantastic space for your choice of band to set up with their own dance floor, and no neighbours to complain about the noise, your party is sure to impress. There’s also plenty of on-site parking for designated drivers. Should guests wish, Nanna Kerr’s can organise transport around the Hunter valley at an additional cost.

Weddings must be start between 4pm and 6pm, with last bar orders at 10pm and carriages sweeping guests to their accommodation by midnight.

Weddings can be held any day of the year including public holidays (excluding Christmas Day and New Years Day) subject to availability.

To find if your ideal date is still available contact us today on 02 4998 7333 or email

New Menu and last chance for Winemakers Dinner in 2017

We are so excited about the new menus which go live at 9am this morning…

  • All Day Brunch from 9am to 3.30pm
  • Nan’s Fancy Lunch from 12pm to 3pm
  • All Day Desserts & High Teas
  • New Wine List

We are open 7 days a week

Tickets for our last Winemakers Dinner of the year on Saturday 2nd December are selling fast so be sure to get yours as soon as you can – just in time to stock up with some liquid deliciousness from Macquariedale Organic Wines for the Christmas holidays

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Nan’s serving up some Kaizen

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Good Change in Japanese

We are serving some Kaizen from Friday 10th of November at Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen.

No that doesn’t mean we have turned ourselves into a Japanese restaurant; it means we’ve been listening to our customers and have been working on some good change or Kaizen in Japanese.

Kaizen is a long-term approach to life that systematically seeks to achieve small, incremental changes in processes in order to improve efficiency and quality.

Here’s what’s happening from Friday 10th November…

  1. All Day Brunch menu available from 9am to 3pm
  2. Nan’s Fancy Lunch from 12pm to 3pm – 2 or 3 Course
  3. All Day High Teas & Desserts
  4. Improved new wine list with even more affordable options by the glass and bottle
  5. New Cocktails & Mocktails menu available everyday from 10am matched with something matched to every brunch creation
  6. We sourced a fabulous new organic coffee supplier and reduced the price of every cup $1

Our private dining experience goes from strength to strength; between 12-50 guests get exclusive use of Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen any night of the week and our team will design a menu especially for you.

Nan’s is now also a no smoking site for customers and staff.

Our edible flower and herb garden continues to expand and before summer really gets here we will have more beds established to ensure we are putting the freshest, prettiest and safest garnishes on your plates.

Over the next few weeks we will be upgrading our bathroom facilities at the site too.

In other news we’ve just purchased PartyPax and are busily converting all the products to be organic and will be releasing gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan options too. We want everyone to be able to recreate a bit of our version of hospitality at home. By January 2018 everything in every PartyPax box will be environmentally conscious too.

Kerr’s Organic which we have had quietly sitting in the background is growing as well and just in time for Christmas we will be launching our first retail range of jams, chutneys and relishes available on line and from speciality and health food stores across Australia.

Much Love

Matty & Jimmy Kerr xxx

 

 

Tamburlaine Winemakers Dinner

Saturday 4th November is our monthly Winemakers Dinner this time with wines from Tamburlaine…

We kick off at 6.45pm with canapés on the deck followed by

Course 1

Eggplant Involtini with Ratatouille & Parmesan

Course 2

Slow Braised Lamb & Mushroom Raviolo with Rosemary Butter & Garden Peas

Course 3

Lightly Smoked Barramundi with Parsnip Purée, Heirloom Tomatoes, Kalamata

Course 4

Deconstructed Coconut Crème Brûlée with Nutty Brittle, Lime Syrup, Strawberry Salsa

All dietary requirements happily catered for just mention when booking.

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Lunch from Friday 20th October

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Pan Seared Barramundi with Quinoa & Kerr’s Organic Chilli Jam

It’s going to be a huge weekend in the Hunter Valley… with Pokolbin Pride and Midnight Oil we are expecting in excess of 20,000 visitors.

Don’t fret – the fridges are full, the Chef’s are ready and the white wine is cold. We are putting up a big marquee on the lawn at Nan’s to make room for everyone too.

We have two choices for lunch this weekend…

To celebrate Pokolbin Pride we have a Rainbow Families Lunch Picnic available; Adults $39 and Children $25

Adult

  • Liver & Love Paté with Lavosh & Pickled Vegetables or Trio of Vegan Dips
  • Marinated Hunter Natural Beef Salad (GF)
  • Roast Beetroot, Pear, Feta & Quinoa Salad (GF)
  • Freshly Baked Gourmet Roll
  • Double Chocolate Brownie (GF)

Children

  • Chicken Salad & Mini Sandwich Rolls
  • Mini Vegetable Muffin
  • Rainbow Marshmallow Dream Bar – Especially created by Nanna Kerr for Pokolbin Pride
Or order a la carte…
  • Homemade Arancini with Aioli – 12
  • Vegan Dips & Ciabatta – 12
  • Little Hill Farm Chicken Terrine, Sourdough, Pickled Veggies &  Salad – 16
  • Pork & Fennel Sausage Rolls with House Relish – 12
  • Pan Seared Barramundi, Quinoa with Chilli Jam served with Roast Beets, Pumpkin & Feta 31
  • Braised Beef Pie with Carrot, Lemon Myrtle, Coleslaw & Salad  – 26
    Smokey BBQ Brisket Beef Burger with OMG Potatoes & Salad – 26
  • Spinach Pesto Risotto, Tomato, Broad Beans & Sunflower Seeds – 26

High Teas available all weekend along with a huge selection of desserts.

We recommend booking your table as early as possible to avoid disappointment as we are going to be very busy.

Pokolbin Pride runs from 10am on Friday until 4pm on Sunday

Pokolbin Pride is about creating community, not just for local LGBTIQ community members but for their friends, family and corporate supporters as well. It’s about celebrating diversity, love and kindness – with great people, wine, food, music, dancing and laughter.
It’s also about solidarity during this difficult time with so many of our community suffering from insecurity, anxiety and depression as their long term relationships and hopes for acceptance and love are put to the test in such a brutal way.
It’s also about telling the world that Australia’s most popular regional wedding venue, the Hunter Valley,  is open for business and ready and waiting for a Yes result. In fact many same sex couples already choose to celebrate their partnership and ‘get married’ albeit illegally in the Hunter Valley already. Businesses like Tamburlaine, Drayton’s, Ivanhoe, Peterson’s House, Macquariedale and Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen have put their brands up as in favour of equality, love and kindness and together have donated their time, infrastructure and in-kind gifts to make the Pokolbin Pride festival happen.
Last year, year 1, we had more than 700 people through this year we are expecting more than 1,000 and next year we will be playing a for huge celebration with more than 5,000 guests. Former Queensland Rail now Aurizon is our first corporate partner and has funded a free shuttle service to and from the Hunter Tent Stay in Lower Belford for the whole weekend to allow visitors to get around safely and at no cost. Our community partner ACON will be attending all of the events with a short speech from the Regional CEO at the welcome party on Friday night. ACON is one of the many groups tasked with providing mental health support for the LGBTIQ community.
There are still limited tickets available to all the parties on Friday and Saturday night and on Sunday afternoon. Details and links to accommodation are available at pokolbinpride.com.au.
October 20th - 22nd 2017 (1)

Guess who the winner is…

I came home tonight to find my husband in tears.

He had just deleted a post on social media, on the LGBTIQ community page Pokolbin Pride, slating the LGBTIQ community and he and I personally (as the organisers of Pokolbin Pride) as bullies. At the same time my husband banned the FB user responsible for the post from the page. Minutes later a friend and what looked like family member of the banned user reposted the same rant.

My husband has now removed himself from social media. “I’m logging out of social media until this whole plebiscite is over. I’m physically and emotionally drained. My mental health has suffered immensely and I can’t look at any more comments or shares regarding the no vote. I have tried my hardest to push the yes vote but can’t do it anymore. If you need me, Call or message me or contact Jimmy on Facebook,” Matty Kerr.

The Turnbull Government has made it illegal for broadcast media to refuse to run campaigns. The legislation excluded print and online media.

I will leave to one side the wrongness of the government getting involved in private decisions between legal entities on political advertising for now.

If a media owner wants to back a particular view or refuse advertising from a political group they should be allowed. Their customers will decide if it was a good decision.

Two weeks ago the Cessnock Advertiser owned by Fairfax Media chose to allow the Kurri Kurri Congregational Church through Rev. P Graham to run a full page advert promoting No to Same Sex Marriage.

Our community, the local LGBTIQ community, were and remain hurt by the untruths in the advert and frankly un-Christian tone it took.

We took to social media to share the hurt and chose as a group to review the Cessnock Advertiser’s decision via their Facebook page. Within 12 hours their review score had dropped from more than 4 stars to less than 2. The Cessnock Advertiser then decided to remove the opportunity for public review from their FB page.

An additional response to the running of the No advert was a local crowd funding campaign to run a Yes advert. Funds were raised and the advert ran today. The Cessnock Advertiser happy to take Yes money as much as No money.

Another full page No advert ran today at the same time as the Yes advert.

There were no reviews two weeks ago from the local community supporting the Cessnock Advertiser’s decision to run the No advert.

The review functionality remains turned off on their FB page. Perhaps if this feature was turned on again the readers would be able to share their support or otherwise for the advertising decisions made over the last few weeks.

Through our businesses my husband and I had committed a fairly significant sum to advertising across Fairfax’s titles on and off line. As a result of their decision to run No adverts we will never spend money with Fairfax again. We encourage Yes voters to boycott their titles and cancel any planned advertising.

The editorial and advertising team were well within their legal rights to refuse No money and they decided otherwise.

Today we were contacted by the Newcastle Herald another Fairfax title as they are planning to run an LGBTIQ feature pull-out on the weekend of Pokolbin Pride.

Their salesperson wrote this “The format of this feature is strictly non-political in relation to the current postal survey. Its sole focus is to support the LGBTIQ community in the region, inform interested readers on the history of the Pride movement in the region and cover events, venues, support services and other related articles of general interest to the LGBTIQ community including the float entry for the next Mardi Gras.”

I wrote back explaining that Pokolbin Pride was a not for profit community festival the only one of it’s kind the Newcastle and Hunter Region. Did we need to “pay for advertising to get coverage in the pull out.”

The response “As with all our features we invite editorial submissions from supporting advertisers…. Pokolbin Pride will be covered whether you advertise or not but we cannot guarantee the level of coverage it will get. Along with the general interest editorial our supporting paid advertisers, some of who are non-for-profit organisations, will get priority with their events and services as well.”

Our feeling is that the pull-out is a shameless attempt to extract dollars from LGBTIQ groups on the back of the plebiscite and neither our businesses nor Pokolbin Pride will be supporting it.

The only winners of the Plebiscite are Australia Post and the media running the campaigns.

  • Turnbull regardless of the result is done for at the next election.
  • The public’s lack of faith in the political system has definitely increased.
  • The Yes campaign, whilst it looks like a positive result, have not so far rebutted the No campaign with the vigour that is needed to protect our community properly.
  • The No campaign will likely and hopefully go down in history as one of the last times inhumane, fascist, sexist, racist and homophobic views were given airtime in a seemingly civilised democracy.

Matty and I encourage YES voters of any sexual or political persuasion to join us and hundreds of others at Pokolbin Pride on the 20-22nd October for music, fun, great wine and food and a celebration of love and kindness.

Yes that is plug for our Festival, this is our media channel and we will do what we like with it.

Love will win,

Jimmy & Matty Kerr

Yes, Yes, Yes

Here’s my 5c worth after some very deep thought and Google research along with illegally marrying my darling husband last December. These are the views of Jimmy Kerr personally co-Founder of Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen and no one else.

  • 1 in 5 straight people get married more than once.
  • 1 in 3 marriages end in divorce.

Less straight people got married in 2015 than in 2014 (the last accurate numbers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics).

11% and growing; the proportion of marriages that are second marriages for both parties.

More than 70% of marriages are overseen by a Civil Celebrant rather than a Priest or religious celebrant. Marriage is no longer a Christian or religious property by any stretch of the imagination.

Dissecting the statistics one time, life long marriage between a Christian man and a woman accounts for less than 10% of all new marriages.

Marriage as an solid social, let alone Christian, institution is pretty much non-existent in our society.
The LGBTIQ community includes 46,800 same-sex couples according to the 2016 census results. Many of whom who have been in hidden stable relationships for a lot longer than their straight counterparts.

Allowing these relationships to be included in Marriage statistics by extending the right to marry would go a long to immediately ‘save’ the institution of Marriage from a statistical perspective.

11% of the Australian population identify as LGBTIQ allowing us the right to get married opens up the institution to about two million potential new customers.

Let’s give everyone the chance to screw it up even further.

Or perhaps, just perhaps let’s give 11% of adults the opportunity to give marriage another chance at success and reinvigorate for generations to come.

Vote Yes. 
Because a no vote is a not just inhumane judgement on 11% of the population similar to racism or sexism in the last century: a No vote is a vote of no confidence in the institution of marriage as viable vehicle for our social structures in the future.

Facts for this opinion from;

http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/3310.0

http://mccrindle.com.au/the-mccrindle-blog/marriages-in-australia

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/census-2016-data-reveals-australian-residents-older-and-increasingly-faithless/news-story/e943c28e1e9f5c72759e3f1a3387fb82

https://www.humanrights.gov.au/face-facts-lesbian-gay-bisexual-trans-and-intersex-people