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Tangy treat: Cheese
roll queen Joy Jones
with some of her
Roll up for
By SUE FEA
This southern classic is making international waves
She's the queen of sushi in the south --
''Southland sushi'' that is.
Arrowtown cafe owner Joy Jones'
''ultimate'' southern cheese rolls have
become famous since she scooped the
New Zealand International Science
Festival cheese roll competition in 2010,
fighting off more than 80 other entrants
from around the South Island.
Her cheese rolls have even made a
mention in the Lonely Planet Guide.
''They said 'come to Arrowtown for a
cheese roll'. It's just a simple thing but a
lot go for them.''
Tourists now ''seem to know''. A sign
outside Jonesy's Cafe and Bar in
Arrowtown announcing her award-
winning cheese rolls certainly draws
them in if they don't.
''We get a lot of Asians who come in here
and they love them.''
They also star on the menu at Robbie's
Bar and Grill in South Dunedin, which
she also owns with husband Warren.
But these are no ordinary cheese rolls.
The recipe hails from Mrs Jones'
Southland farming mother, Noeleen
Campbell, of Tuatapere.
The secret she reckons is in the cream
There's a definite art to the perfect
cheese roll and as yet Mrs Jones hasn't
been able to trust anyone else to get it 100
per cent right.
''I do them all myself. They're all
handmade,'' she said, proudly.
Each day she rises early to prepare her
culinary masterpieces for a new batch of
hungry connoisseurs in search of that
perfect taste, texture and ''ooze factor''
for which Mrs Jones' southern specialty
has become famous.
''I probably make 100 a week all myself,
so it's pretty time consuming.''
During peak summer her cheese roll
production can be up to 100 a day.
''I think I'll have to get someone to help
me over summer this year. I just like to
do them myself to make sure they're
''You need the right amount of mixture,
the bread needs to be right so they roll
properly, and you need just the right
temperature,'' Mrs Jones said.
She only uses Marlow's Bread from
Dunedin, because of its special long cut.
She first started making them as bar food
when she and Mr Jones had the New
Orleans Hotel in Arrowtown about 10
years ago and they became very popular.
Jonesy's is not only famous for its cheese
rolls. Mrs Jones said her chef Ben
Devlin, who first encouraged her to enter
the 2010 competition, ''likes to think he's
famous for his pies''.
With delicious southern flavours like
Goat and Blueberry, Wallaby with
Venison Bacon and Seafood Chowder,
it's no wonder.
JOY JONES' FAMOUS CHEESE ROLL RECIPE
500 grams grated cheese (Mainland
Mild Blend or Mild Cheddar)
1 tin Nestle carnation evaporated milk
1 packet Maggi onion soup mix
1 finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1G4 cup cream
Heat in microwave for 6 min, stirring
in between time
Spread lengthways on to long cut
white bread, (Joy recommends
Marlow's Bakery, South Dunedin)
Roll into cheese rolls (3 folds)
Stars all geared to
produce top show
Who is he?: 2012 Stars in Their
Eyes performer Brian Fogarty
tests out his costume for this
year's event during rehearsals.
What: The Alexandra Musical
Society's annual Stars in Their
When: January 23 till 26, 8pm
How much: $25
By CHE BAKER
Rehearsals are well under
way for what is expected to be
the largest ever Stars in Their
Eyes show in Alexandra.
Alexandra Musical Society
member and show director
Sonia Taylor-van den Yssel
said a total of 27 performan-
ces, including singers and
dancers, would take to the
stage in the show.
''The lineup is absolutely
mammoth,'' Mrs Taylor-van
den Yssel said.
Many faces from past shows
were returning for this year's
concert, but there would be
several fresh faces as well
who would be showing off
their ''secret talents'', she
''People can well and truly
expect a great night out. We
have everything from rock
opera to the latest hits,'' she
Performers had been putting
in a lot of preparation before
Christmas, ''the bones are all
there, now it's just the final
tweaking'', she said.
Four shows will be held as
part of this year's event with
opening night on January 23
and the grand finale on
Tickets to the show go on sale
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