After the Taste of Tasmania, I ticked a big-ticket item off my bucket list – I attended a day long cooking experience at The Agrarian Kitchen, in Lachlan. Rodney Dunn and his wife, Séverine Demanet, are living out my dream come true – a sustainable farm-based cooking school offering paddock-to-plate experiences from a 19th century schoolhouse. It is every bit as idyllic as it sounds and looks.
We were welcomed with coffee and cake upon arrival. Welcomed in the warmest sense of the word. Rodney told us of his and his land’s history, while we nibbled at a moist almond and coconut cake and sipped coffee that would melt even the most discerning coffee aficionado’s heart. At this point, Rodney unveiled the menu for our lunch to a chorus of ooohhhs and arrrrs from the class.
Then, we toured the farm and foraged for ingredients to make our decadent lunch.
I milked a goat!! I feel a bit rude. I don’t remember the old girl’s name.
Then, it was time to cook lunch.
Before, the absolute best bit, eating lunch.
Rodney taught me an awful lot about what is possible on a small holding. I left with a renewed enthusiasm for my dream of one day leading a sustainable and largely self-sufficient life full of delicious food.
I first heard of The Agrarian Kitchen when a close friend did a class there.
“It was the best day of my life – better than my wedding day,” she said.
I laughed, thinking, that in her usually infectiously bombastic way, she was exaggerating for effect.
“No seriously,” she turned to her husband, “Better than our wedding day, wasn’t it?”
“Yes, yes, it was,” he sighed and agreed.
It is no wonder then, that The Agrarian Kitchen is ranked by Australian Traveller as the number one Greatest Australian Gourmet Experience, out of 100.
I’ve put off writing this post. I didn’t want the experience to be over. Once an experience is pressed into the pages of the internet, it feels like the memory is set in aspic. This is not a sponsored post, in any way.
Do you have dreams of living a different lifestyle? Or do you have a veggie patch you’d like to gloat about? I’d love to hear about it!2 Did you like this?