As always our Lets Get Stitched weekends are full of memories and lots of fun but one thing that stood out for a lot of the ladies this year including me was the visit to Maggie Beer's farm. Maggie Beer is a wonderful country style cook who wastes nothing. She is also a judge on The Great Australian Bake Off and has her own television cookery show "The Cook and the Chef". We were lucky enough to get a private class in Maggie's very own farm studio kitchen.
Our class was run by the lovely Bianca who obviously has a love of not only Maggie and her wonderful style of cooking but is also very passionate about food. The menu was Roasted Pumpkin, Onions in their skins, Egg Plant and Buttered Mushrooms and then Apple & Rhubarb Roasted.
The lovely Shez was lucky enough to be Bianca's assistant and did the job very well. The mushrooms that she cooked were divine and I don't even like mushrooms !!!
It was such a great class. Everything tasted delicious. Bianca told the story of how the television network wanted to film in Maggie's home kitchen but her hubby wasn't keen so instead they re-created here beautiful homely country kitchen at the farm shop and turned it into a cooking studio. It was just beautiful. Homely and warm - Just how a kitchen should be.
We were able to wander around the studio and take as many photographs as we liked.
So much about that kitchen reminded me of my grandma and her frugal ways. Maggie wastes no vegetable peel and cooks everything the skins and all. It was so refreshing to hear - Almost like we have come full circle.
As soon as I arrived home I recreated the baked apple and rhubarb dish cooked with Maggie's Saville Vino Cotto.
And I'm pleased to report that mine tasted just as good as the one we had at the farm. So healthy and just good old fashioned food !
The trip to the farm is one that I will remember for a very long time ! Just writing about it makes me want to cook it again !
Today I am creating a version of a FREE Easter Bunny Treat Bag that my friend Dawn has designed as an extra Freebie for the Let's Get Stitched & More Magazine subscribers. It is so cute ! I can't wait to show you.