A few weeks back a friend and I participated in a Red Feather Inn cooking workshop called, 'A Christmas Feast'. Armed with my iphone, instagram and a big appetite, off we went to Hadspen!
On arrival we were greeted by Lewis and Felicity, husband/wife chef team running the workshop on the day. Welcomed with a hot brew and friendly chatter, we were made to feel right at home.
As people started to arrive I took the opportunity to take some quick pics around the room - this kitchen is gorgeous, I'd like to wrap it up and take it home please!
I know we are all here for a Christmas Feast Workshop, but honestly the property is the true feast, a feast for the eyes!
What Lydia Nettlefold, owner/operator, and her team have created here is just beautiful! Everywhere you look, inside and outside, has been careful considered. A stunning building and property, interiors styled in a French provisional way, located right here on our doorstep in Tasmania.
It was a great day filled with new experiences and quite a bit of enthusiasm. We all had a go at making elements of the menu and then together sat down and enjoyed our hard work.
All up I think we created 13 elements that then presented as a three course meal.
This is just a sample of what we enjoyed. I was happily taking pics left, right and centre....what did I ever do before the iphone?!
One of the elements I wanted to try again straight away, using some of our own rosemary, was the baked brie. So quick and easy and so very tasty!
At home now, I get to play in my own kitchen trying to recreate this lovely cheesy treat!
Recipe - Baked Brie with Rosemary & honey
8 - 12oz wheel of brie
2-3 tbsp honey
A few sprigs of fresh rosemary
Crusty bread or crackers for serving
Preheat oven to 200c. Remove the brie from packaging and place in the centre of some baking paper and onto a baking tray. Felicity, one of the chef's on the day, cut the top of her brie into a star, I thought that was so cute I did the same.
Drizzle thoroughly with honey and top with a sprig or two of the rosemary. Place in oven and bake for 10 - 12 mins or until the honey is bubbling and the cheese is soft to touch. Remove from oven, allow to cool for a few minutes, top with additional honey if you wish and serve.
Recently I have found these crackers made by Kii Naturals and have been using them on the cheese platters I create for The Black Hen workshop's. Everyone loves them!! Found in the Deli section of Woolworths, they are delicious and healthy.
Next year I hope to attend some more cooking workshops across Australia, I have one or two in mind already - a wonderful way to connect with food loving people who get excited over fresh and home grown.