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Cooking Classes



With the move to our new property, the current structure of our cooking classes has been under review. As many of you know, Annie used to hold classes in her house at Malmsbury. After much consideration, and a successful ‘blooding’ of the old Church building located on her property, Babbington Park, she has decided that it will will be possible to run classes in 2018.


Babbington Park and Du Fermier Cooking Classes 2018


Annie is pleased to announce that she will be hosting a series of cooking classes next year at her new property, Babbington Park in Lyonville on Wednesday’s, as well as series of classes and dinners at the restaurant Du Fermier on Saturday afternoons in June and July. The classes are extremely popular and are quite intimate and demonstration in style, so please secure your place at one of the classes by emailing Annie at annie@dufermier.com.au

 


Garden to Table Class  SOLD OUT

Wednesday 14th of March 2018

9.45am to 3pm

Babbington Park, Lyonville

The first in the cooking class series invites you to join Annie in her new garden at Babbington Park. After leaving the Malmsbury property Annie has been working hard to establish the new garden. She has installed a 20 meter by 8.5 meter poly tunnel, as well as another 40 beds and is growing produce with abundance.

Starting with tea and coffee and followed by a guided tour of the garden, Annie will discuss growing and harvesting your own vegetables, the importance of seasonality and includes several of her favorite recipes using her Autumn produce.

$180 per person (includes class, beverages and lunch)

 


Tomato Class  SOLD OUT

Wednesday 21st March, 2018

9.45am - 3pm

Babbington Park, Lyonville

There is nothing quite as delightful as a warm, home grown tomato picked fresh from the vine and popped into your mouth. Annie has developed this new class to explore the absolute pleasure of growing and harvesting your own varieties of tomato. She will take you on a tour of her hot house and field grown varieties followed by an in depth class that will cover making Napoli and passata, sun drying, salads and her famous Kasundi.

$180 per person (includes class, beverages and lunch)

 


Custard Class

Wednesday April 11th, 2018

9.45am - 3pm

Babbington Park, Lyonville

We just keep on repeating this class to keep Annie on her toes. An epic exploration of the world of custard. From creme Anglaise, pot au creme, creme caramel to the savory world of custard - quiche and garlic bread and butter pudding, then back to clafoutis. A mass of eggs and dairy and a lot of laughter makes this on the highlights on the calendar for the year.

$180 per person (includes class, beverages and lunch)

 


The Art of Flan  SOLD OUT

Wednesday April 18th, 2018

9.45am - 3pm

Babbington Park, Lyonville

Flan/ noun. 1. a baked dish consisting of an open topped pastry case with a savoury or sweet filling. ”an egg and bacon flan” 2. a disc of metal such as one from which a coin is made.

A class completely devoted to the beautiful thing that is the flan. Apple. Frangipane. Chocolate. Onion. Custard. We look at all of the delicious incarnations.

$180 per person (includes class, beverages and lunch)

 

Pastry Class SOLD OUT

Wednesday May 16th, 2018

9.45am - 3pm

Babbington Park, Lyonville

One of Annie’s original classes, this session will teach you how to master the art of pastry, including sweet and savoury shortcrust, butter puff and choux, as well as the importance of blind baking.

$180 per person (includes class, beverages and lunch)

 

Gnocchi Class

Wednesday May 30th, 2018

9.45am - 3pm

Babbington Park, Lyonville

The sublime experience of biting into light pillows of gnocchi made to perfection is unfortunately far too rare. Annie shows you how to master the often overworked simplicity of this dish. Potato gnocchi, spinach and ricotta gnocchi, gnocchi Romano and gnocchi Parisienne are all covered, as well as the most appropriate sauces to complement them.

$180 per person (includes class, beverages and lunch)

 

Cassoulet Class and Dinner

Saturday 2nd, 16th, 23rd & 30th June, 2018

5pm Class 7pm Dinner Du Fermier, Trentham

After the amazing success of our Cassoulet Classes in 2017, we have decided to carry them on to 2018. This is the basic, bona fide, easy to prepare, authentic, traditional, regional version of cassoulet taught to Annie by her great friend Kate Hill. The emphasis is on carefully combining very good ingredients, slow cooking and hearty enjoyment. This class features hilarious demonstrations and concludes with a filling 3 course dinner with matched wines, featuring of course....... cassoulet! If you have a family member or friend that doesn’t like to cook but would like to join you for dinner after the class, ask them to join you from 7pm onwards.

$225 Class and Dinner (includes class, beverages and dinner) $100 DInner and Wine only

 

Duck Class & Indulgent Duck and Pinot

Dinner Saturday July 14th & 28th, 2018

5pm Class 7pm Dinner Du Fermier, Trentham

Discover how to break down ducks, render their fat, confit duck, make duck neck sausage, smoke duck breasts and roast whole duck. Annie shares with you a myriad of recipes including this delectable foul. Dinner is followed by a 4 course dinner featuring all things duck and it’s best friend, Pinot.

$225 Class and Dinner (includes, class, beverages and dinner) $100 Dinner and Wine only

 

Pie Class  SOLD OUT

Wednesday August 8th, 2018

9.45am - 3pm

Babbington Park, Lyonville

Sweet and savoury pies will be under the microscope for this class. Annie will demonstrate sweet and savoury pastry and sweet and savoury fillings. We’ll discuss tins, moulds and equipment and of course there will be pie for lunch!

$180 per person (includes class, beverages and lunch)

 

Charcuterie Class  SOLD OUT

Wednesday August 22nd, 2018

9.45am - 3pm

Babbington park, Lyonville

After her recent travels to Italy and France, Annie’s passion for Charcuterie has been reignited. She invites you to her farm to learn how to make terrine, pate, the salting of meats and some other classic French Charcuterie.

$180 per person (includes class, beverages and lunch)

If you are interested in any of these classes, please email Annie directly at annie@dufermier.com.au

Bookings by email ONLY

Classes are refundable with 14 days notice prior to the class. They will not be refunded if cancelled in the two weeks prior to the class.