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Cookery Classes

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A taste of country life

Foraging, harvesting, learning, cooking, sharing, eating and drinking - our classes are an entire paddock-to-plate cooking experience for all.  Those who wish to learn the basics, right through to qualified chefs and those who just want to know a bit more about our Cradle Country way of life. 

With our intimate group of ten, the day begins with a cuppa and a catch up in The Truffledore.  From there we grab our baskets and head off to forage the orchard and kitchen garden, harvesting only the freshest seasonal fruit and vegetables.  As we make our way around the farm, there is ample time to discuss and ask questions about our sustainable farming practices – our ‘closed loop’ system and what it really means to ‘Reduce, Re-use and Recycle’…

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Just a short walk through our ever-changing farmhouse gardens and you will catch a glimpse of our famous Truffiere.  On the way, meet our friendly farm animals - Harry and Larry our porky ponies; Willy, Wally and Dolly our stout sheep; Roberta, Bobby and Buttercup our jolly Jerseys and the rest of our farm animal family. 

Once in the Truffiere, you will see, hear, touch, smell and taste everything truffle.  Discover the ins and outs of growing the elusive French black truffle (Tuber Melanosporum) straight from the farmer - from inoculation to hunting and harvesting, and everything in between.  Watch our famous truffle hunting dogs strut their stuff to sniff out our delectable black diamonds.

Then, armed with our fresh country fare, its back to The Truffledore kitchen to whip up a storm.   Depending on the class you choose, Chef will share with you the secrets of creating delicious truffley dishes – From starters to deserts, from savoury to sweets, with veg, with seafood, with dairy with meats. 

Now for la pièce de résistance - we all sit down to enjoy the ‘fruits’ of our labour with the longest of long table lunches.  And to help celebrate our taste of country life, indulge in a glass of locally crafted beer, wine or cider.

As the day comes to a close you will have:

  • made new foodie friends,
  • a basket of goodies to take home and
  • learned all the tricks of the trade to create your own signature truffle dishes to share with family and friends… 

Dietary restrictions and allergies

In all of our classes we do our best to cater for guests with dietary restrictions and/or allergies. However, as we source most of our ingredients directly from our kitchen garden and farm, this is not always possible. Please contact us if you wish to discuss your particular needs further. We are currently looking into classes specifically designed for those who choose/require Gluten free, Lactose free, Paleo and Vegan diets.

 
 
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The Truffledore Experience

A full day on the truffle farm - $260
10.00am – 3.30pm

Designed to give a taste of all areas of life on Cradle Country Truffle Farm - explore, forage, learn, cook and eat with lashings of truffle!

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The Vegetarian Experience

 

A full day on the truffle farm - $260
10.00am – 3.30pm

Experience the tantalising taste of freshly foraged seasonal veg! 
Turn simple every day veg into wholesome, gourmet meals. 

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bottle it up, get into a pickle and relish the thought!

A full day on the truffle farm including a long table lunch - $260
10.00am – 3.30pm

Preserving, as the word suggests, is all about capturing a seasonal moment in time. It is about saving our sun-kissed summer fruits & veg, the abundance of autumn and holding on to our fragrant foraged fare.

 

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Perfect Pastries and Cradle Country Cakes

A full day on the truffle farm including a long table lunch - $260
10.00am – 3.30pm

Have your cake and eat it too. A relaxing, fun filled day of baking and sweet pastry lessons from the Cradle Country Farm experts. Learn how to choose the best truffle to add to your sweet creations. 

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bread & butter

A full day on the truffle farm including a long table lunch - $260
10.00am – 3.30pm

Back to basics with good old fashioned farm house fare. Here on Cradle Country Farm we reckon that home-baked bread always tastes better – and we’ll prove it.
On this fun, educational one-day bread & butter making course, our Truffledore chefs will inspire you to rise to the occasion and discover a world of delicious freshly baked bread and its most famous of spreads.

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get your just desserts

A full day on the truffle farm including a long table lunch - $260
10.00am – 3.30pm

Good old farmhouse sweet country favourites are what we do best here on Cradle Country Farm – Those amazing nostalgic desserts that are as delicious now as they were back in the day. 
Traditional tried and true recipes for moreish apple and rhubarb tarts, tangy lemon meringue pie, fresh fruit cobblers and a match made in heaven, truffled crème brulee, you will learn simple tips and tricks to help you on your way. 

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sensational soups & bountiful broths

A full day on the truffle farm including a long table lunch - $260
10.00am – 3.30pm

Good old farmhouse sweet country favourites are what we do best here on Cradle Country Farm – Those amazing nostalgic desserts that are as delicious now as they were back in the day.