Mr NQN and I always try and find things to do that both of us like. This is hard as he loves sport and I don't care a jot for it and I like cooking and he likes eating. But wait... there is something for both of us to do-cooking classes! And even a kitchen novice like Mr NQN loves learning how to cook new dishes-even his mother can't believe it ;)
Just 2 hours' drive north of Sydney in the Hunter Valley wine region, Millfield Hall is a historic community hall on the original convict trail. Lovingly restored as a family home the Provincial-style kitchen and living space is the heart of the hall and the huge covered deck overlooking the valley is the venue for year-round classes. From regional French and Tuscan cooking, to pizza making in the wood-fired oven, their classes are for anyone who wants to learn more about food and some great recipes that can make at home.
Upcoming classes will feature local Nulkaba ducks with confit legs and pan seared breast with a raspberry sauce; lamb shanks in roasted tomato and red wine with brussell sprouts and pancetta; ravioli pockets stuffed with rocket and pine nuts, potatoes dauphinois and green beans with almonds. Along with the 4 hour lesson from one of their range of chefs there is also an optional 1 hour specialist tuition from local providores and foodies and of course the 4 course feast that you've prepared along with a matching glass of wine with your meal and a complimentary apron. Doesn't that make you hungry already?
Thanks* to the Millfield Hall, one lucky Not Quite Nigella reader will win a cooking class for two worth $290! For a chance to win a gift voucher for two people which you can use for any upcoming class that takes your fancy all you have to do is tell me what your favourite Winter Warmer dish is! *Simply add your answer as a comment to the story. The competition ends at midnight AEST 9th of July, 2011. You can enter this competition once daily and it is open to anyone within Australia but transport to and from Millfield Hall and accommodation is not included. But it sounds like a good excuse to have a break in the Hunter Valley no? ;)**
The winner is: Kiaraleigh L. of NSW!
Best of luck!
Lots of love,