Your day at the Country Cooking School will be about enjoying the beauty and charm of the New Zealand countryside and exploring delicious and innovative food and recipes featuring the freshest, seasonal ingredients grown on our farm.
Classes start at 9.30am. We will start the class* with cake, flavoured with fruit or nuts from the farm, tea and/or coffee. We will then cook for a bit before starting our forage through the vegetable gardens, orchards, chook run and farm. We will be looking for organically grown ingredients for our delicious four course seasonal lunch.
Active participation, questions and discussions are encouraged!
When lunch is ready, we will sit down together, open the local wine that will be matched to the dishes, and really enjoy ourselves.
At the end of each class you will have a set of easy-to-use recipes (that will become go-to recipes when you get home) and a kitchen gift to take home (perhaps a jar of a favourite Lavender’s Green condiment that you’ve learnt to make, like lemon curd).
* Class times can be flexible if your party is travelling to the Wairarapa by train. We can arrange transfers to and from the Featherston Train Station. Please ring to discuss.
Gift vouchers are available on request and are valid for one year. They make a perfect gift for the cook in your life, for Mother’s or Father’s Day or for birthdays. Or just because, if you don’t need an excuse!
Classes are also available during the week, if you prefer. Please contact Mary to arrange.
Mary can be contacted on: +64 274 836 181 if you have any questions.
The day will finish at about four o’clock.
What do you need to bring? A winning attitude and a relaxed disposition.
What do you wear? Casual clothes with flat, covered in shoes. Gumboots if you have them and in winter, a warm coat
What else do you need to know? The maximum class size is eight people. Gather together family and friends to make this a truly memorable and intimate day.
Allergy? All the food served will be gluten free. Please let Mary know on booking if you have other food intolerances.
All equipment, writing material and recipes will be provided. Photos are encouraged.
Cost: $200 per person
Before you make an on-line booking, please check class availability as written below. Or, please ring Mary on +64 274 836 181 to discuss your requirements.
(The cost of the class includes morning tea, a four course meal matched with local wine, all recipes, and a gift to take home)
Sunday 29 October, 2017 – Fill Your Tins – learn efficient baking techniques to keep your biscuit tins full and your family well nourished. Finish with a fancy afternoon tea and garden tour. 1 – 4pm $65 per person. – 3 places left
Saturday 4 November and Sunday 5 November, 2017 – Racing! Delicious food for a farm picnic. This week is Racing week in Melbourne, which means hats, high heels and fancy dresses. Hardly farm wear… but in the spirit and glamour of the racing world, we will be creating food fit for a race course picnic and if the weather is kind, we will be picnicking on the farm, by the stream. Kicking back and enjoining a bucolic time.
Saturday 18 November 2017 – Thanksgiving. If you are coming to Toast Martinborough for the weekend, this would be a wonderful class to do with your friends – celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with a Kiwi twist – around a generously laden table. 5 places left
Saturday 25 November and Sunday 26 November, 2017 – Thanksgiving with a Kiwi twist. Celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with a group of friends around a generously laden table.
Sunday 3 December, 2017 – It’s almost Christmas – learn some extra tips on how to organise a full on couple of days over Christmas and survive relaxed and happy! Here’s a chance to celebrate Christmas with your workmates or friends (the family you choose)
Saturday 9 December and Sunday 10 December, 2017 – It’s almost Christmas – learn some extra tips on how to organise a full on couple of days over Christmas and survive relaxed and happy! Here’s a chance to celebrate Christmas with your workmates or friends ( the family you choose)
Saturday 16 December and Sunday 17 December, 2017 – It’s almost Christmas – learn some extra tips on how to organise a full on couple of days over Christmas and survive relaxed and happy! Here’s a chance to celebrate Christmas with your workmates or friends ( the family you choose)
Thursday 21 December, 2017 – Kiwis meet the USA – I’m wanting to wow our young visitors from the USA with some Kiwi country classics. Their folks came earlier this year and loved the experience so much they sent the kids 😉 – 6 places available
I can curate classes for you and your friends. Do you have a significant birthday coming up or would you like to celebrate your hens party at The Country Cooking School and the Te Puhi farm? Please call Mary to discuss your ideas and let’s see what we can do!
Midweek classes would be delightful to arrange – please do call Mary to discuss your ideas.
The Country Cooking School will be closed for the Christmas Holidays from Friday 22 December to Monday 8 January, 2018.