Monday, February 17, 2014

Tassie Honeymoon & The Agrarian Kitchen


In the spirit of blogging about things a few months after they've happened, here's a few pics of our recent honeymoon! Dave & I chose Tassie as our destination, mostly because we didn't want a cookie cutter resort/beach/cocktails & lounging around kind of honeymoon. We wanted to go somewhere inspiring, with artisan produce and small producers and nice scenery when driving around.

Here's some pics!

I'm always a sucker for a good chairlift - Cataract Gorge

Lovely peacocks wandering around the gardens at Cataract Gorge

Bruny Island - The Neck, between North and South Bruny

236 steps up to the lookout, not easy carrying a small person, had to stop quite a few times!

Nant Distillery - no whisky for me but I loved this place! Built in the 1820's it used to be a flour mill, complete with 14km of convict dug water channel! It's been restored and is still functioning, with a water mill that grinds the barley.

The highlight of our trip however was most definitely our trip to The Agrarian Kitchen. Highly, highly recommend! It was such a lovely, inspiring and educational day! And we got to eat so much delicious food. Win win win.

Chef/teacher/owner Rodney Dunn takes us on a tour of his garden, replete with all sorts of new herbs and plants I'd never heard of before. Like Lovage and Winter Savoury and Purslane!

We all had a go at milking the friendly resident goats. Dave only drinks goat's milk (cow dairy is not so great for Crohn's), so of course I started dreaming of having our own some day...

Harvesting from the polytunnel for the day's menu

The most beautiful & well equipped kitchen classroom ever

Produce from the garden that we'd harvested and would use for the day's cooking

Plating up the entree - featuring local quail eggs and salmon cured in their smokehouse. Pregnancy aside, I was definitely not going to pass up on that!

Beautiful trifle dessert with berries from the garden

xx Lara