February 15, 2017

Off The Rayles – A Curry Creating Airbnb Experience

Off The Rayles - A Curry Creating Airbnb Experience. Anna Johnston - https://shenannagans.com

While road-trippin with Queen Suebar and Little Chef we used Airbnb every day to find a cool place to stay for the night. It was kinda fun because if we wanted solitude or to be social we always found exactly the right place for our mood.

I confess to being a newbie with the whole Airbnb thing, although my bro seems to use them regularly when traveling away with his cycling team and raves about them, so it was high time to check it out. 5 nights and 2,000+ kilometers later I have to say, I’m a big fan.

Our absolute most favourite place was Raylene’s at Port Macquarie, crazy as it seems, we arrived as strangers and left as friends. We got to stay in her gorgeous home with our own beautifully appointed room with en-suite, access to an awesome outdoor lounge and dining area, a pool, a yoga hut and every travelers dream…. A laundry!

Off The Rayles - A Curry Creating Airbnb Experience. Anna Johnston - https://shenannagans.com

In true Aussie summer fashion, it was a stinkin’ hot day, we arrived a little over it, but before too long we were dining alfresco on a delicious homemade curry, a specialty and passion for our host; while being serenaded by Raylene’s amazingly talented son Cameron, who has been busking for years – what a voice!

Off The Rayles - A Curry Creating Airbnb Experience. Anna Johnston - https://shenannagans.com

Raylene is a hip-curry-creating–Thermomix-cookin’ entrepreneurial single momma and yogi, with such a positive attitude, it’s infectious; always one to be inspired by a positive mindset, these guys truly know how to make the best lemonade when life gives you lemons.

Off The Rayles - A Curry Creating Airbnb Experience. Anna Johnston - https://shenannagans.com

Instead of just dabbling in the kitchen with her own curry blends, Raylene has created the perfect recipe and calls her curries “Off The Rayles Curries” you can order some HERE, we ended up staying on for a few hours the next morning as she showed us how she created her little sachets of curry goodness to sell at the markets and online – now how could I resist that huh.

Off The Rayles - A Curry Creating Airbnb Experience. Anna Johnston - https://shenannagans.com

We wondered how Little Chef would go staying overnight as a guest in other people’s and animals homes, but, again he did us proud and soon made friends with Ruby and had no issues with drinking from her water bowl. Not long before we were due to leave the next morning Little Chef decided to get in on what seemed like a fun game with his new pooch pal Ruby, chasing the Bengal Cat Miso around, learning quickly that cats can be nefarious creatures who have great skills and wisdom but no sense of humour when it comes to two on one tag teams!

Off The Rayles - A Curry Creating Airbnb Experience. Anna Johnston - https://shenannagans.com

We reluctantly left with jars of delicious green icy smoothies that somehow she’d whipped up in her Thermomix in amongst the curry blend production line and left us feeling anything was possible. Everything about our stay-over at Rays place was terrific; she’s a natural host with a great passion and appreciation for just being real with a flair for decorating that screams “Welcome, come on in and make yourself at home!” So, if you’re looking for accommodation in Port Macquarie, we absolutely recomend you check out Raylene’s place.

Off The Rayles - A Curry Creating Airbnb Experience. Anna Johnston - https://shenannagans.com

Off the Rayles Beef Curry

  • 1 packet of ‘Off the Rayles’ curry spice mix
  • 3-4 tablespoon ghee or oil
  •  1 kilogram round or topside steak, cut into 1cm cubes
  •  1 large brown onion, halved, finely chopped
  •  3-4 garlic cloves, crushed
  •  4 medium tomatoes, diced
  •  1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  •  Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Heat the ghee or oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add half the beef and cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes or until brown. Transfer to a heatproof bowl. Repeat with the remaining beef.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 10 minutes or until soft and brown. Add the Off the Rayles curry spice mix and cook for 1 minute or until aromatic.
  3. Add the beef, tomato and stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes or until beef is tender.
  4. Remove from the heat, season with salt and pepper and add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice and fresh coriander.
  5. Remove the whole spices from the dish and serve with rice, yoghurt and stolen mango chutney.
Off The Rayles - A Curry Creating Airbnb Experience. Anna Johnston - https://shenannagans.com

I’d love to know, have you stayed in an Airbnb? If yes, what’d you think? And if you could get your hands on some of the “Off the Rayles” curry mix, what would you make with it?


shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Sreekar - September 17, 2017 Reply

“You had me at curry”
Surely, the pics seem yum, though I haven’t tasted them:)
I do find cooking cuisines from another part of the world to be a wholly rewarding experience as I’m sure you will vouch:)
Great try out too!

    Anna - September 18, 2017 Reply

    It was a very special experience Sreekar, we really enjoyed that we felt like we’d made friends, the experience felt homely, and the food was yummy!

Tim UrbanDuniya - February 21, 2017 Reply

Yum yum yum! I love cooking/accom experiences – I learnt how to make Paneer Butter Masala at one in India, and I’m still using the recipe to this day! Raylene’s at Port Macquarie seems like a great gem on AirBnB too – great find!

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - February 20, 2017 Reply

Those spice blends look amazing – so bright! We have not done Air BnB at all but I think it is such a great idea. And how nice that you could take your pup with you 🙂

    Anna - February 21, 2017 Reply

    I agree, the spices make for beautiful instagram pictures. 🙂 And yes, being able to travel with Little Chef was AWESOME!

Liz - February 18, 2017 Reply

How fun to travel and make friends! Who knew you’d cross paths with another foodie? The beef curry looks fabulous!

    Anna - February 21, 2017 Reply

    It was super special to meet a fellow foodie on our travels, and the curry is delicious!

Denise Browning - February 18, 2017 Reply

Anything curry is a fave at my household. This beef curry recipe looks hearty and so comforting that I would be thrilled to have a big bowl of it.

    Anna - February 21, 2017 Reply

    Perfectly described Denise, it was exactly what the doc ordered. A hearty comfort feed. 🙂

Evelyne CulturEatz - February 18, 2017 Reply

Airbnb is the best, used it baout 10 times. But Raylene seems to bring it to the next level, you were very lucky and what a treat to get this curry mix.

    Anna - February 21, 2017 Reply

    Id love to hear about your Airbnb experiences Evelyne. 🙂
    And yes, such a treat to meet a fellow foodie and get some of Raylenes amazing curry mix too. YARM!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - February 17, 2017 Reply

She sounds like an amazing host. I’ve had really mixed experiences. Some great some terrible, most problems are with cleanliness standards or with features promised vs expected.

    Anna - February 21, 2017 Reply

    We had 1 bad experience, no air conditioning in a 40 degree town, nope… not gonna work. But, for the most part, incredible stories and new friends found. 🙂

Glamorous Glutton - February 17, 2017 Reply

I haven’t tried airbnb yet but your experience sounds wonderful. It’s time to give it a try. GG

    Anna - February 17, 2017 Reply

    Can totally recommend it GG! Make sure you read the reviews, that’ll give you a really good idea of what you are gonna get. 🙂

John/Kitchen Riffs - February 16, 2017 Reply

Airbnb is great — such an interesting and fun way to travel. And this curry? Wow! So nice looking. Good stuff — thanks.

    Anna - February 17, 2017 Reply

    It’s amazing, can’t believe I hadn’t tried it sooner. What a fun way to really immerse yourself into a new place too. 🙂 The curry is STAND OUT my friend. Not sure she is taking international orders yet, but boy when she does… get your hands on some!

Mabel Kwong - February 15, 2017 Reply

This sounds like a wonderful stay at Raylene’s. She is so neat with her curries and she seems to know what makes a good one. Very precise and it sounded like you couldn’t get enough of the curries. So many colours and types of curries too. I wanted to check out her recipes but I don’t think the link in the post is working…

Leaving you feeling like anything’s possible… now that’s some special kind of feeling and experience. I am sure anyone else who comes her way will be very lucky to experience what you just experienced. I’ve never tried out AirBnB, but Raylene’s place is one that I would love to try out if the time is right. Wishing you lots of love big sis and hope you and your leg are doing well xoxoxox

    Anna - February 17, 2017 Reply

    It was a really wonderful experience, the perfect first airbnb experience and with such a foodie focus, it was like the universe knew we were to connect that night. Thanks for letting me know, I will check the link now. Appreciate it lil sis.

    Yep, its really special when we connect with people and leave a better person for the experience. If you ever are in Port Macquarie, you really must stop in for a visit.

    Wishing you lots of love right back, and yes, getting used to having this ol cast on my leg now. Hugs coming at you. xox

Gary Lum - February 15, 2017 Reply

That looks so good Anna. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    Anna - February 17, 2017 Reply

    It tasted the business too Gary, you should try it with spam as your ‘protein’. Lol! 🙂

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