Cooking in the Country Workshop

For singles and couples who are looking for a unique food and nature experience not available anywhere else, this special one-day event is the perfect opportunity to spend a day out in the country learning about edible native plants that are easy to grow and how to cook with them, and unlike other cooking classes and foodie events this workshop is completely hands on from gathering fresh bushtucker ingredients to turning them into healthy dishes

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FIRST EVENT

WHERE + WHEN FOR THE NEXT EVENT

Saturday 28 March 2020 - POSTPONED UNTIL THE COVID-19 SITUATION SETTLES DOWN - register your interest below to attend when the new date is set

9:30am - 3:00pm

Private bushfoods garden, Kenilworth (45min from Maroochydore)

Enjoy a day out in the country immersing yourself in nature, indigenous culture, gathering bushfoods right off the trees, cooking with them to create truly unique, nutritious and delicious sweet and savoury dishes, enjoying the freshly made gourmet feast, chatting and relaxing to the sounds of birds chirping.

 

An experience unlike any other!

 

Come by yourself and meet new people, bring your partner, come with a friend or colleague... no matter what you'll have a great time!

PROGRAM 

MEET + GREET WITH A CUPPA

9:30am

 

We officially welcome our guests and acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, then we'll all enjoy a freshly brewed bushtucker tea as we get to know each other and get excited about the fun + food ahead!

 

 

GATHERING + COOKING

9:45am - 11:45pm

 

Aimee will guide you on a walk around the property to identify and gather bushfoods and other edible plants to then use in a hands-on cooking class making a bushtucker feast for lunch and afternoon tea. 

 

Not only will you learn about a variety of native plants you can grow at home but how to use them to create really unique, versatile and tasty dishes.

 

LUNCH TIME + GREAT CONVERSATIONS

11:45 - 12:15pm

 

Relax by the fire and enjoy the delicious dishes you just created along with another yummy bushtucker drink (billy tea, bush coffee, wattleseed latte... it depends on the weather!)

 

Out in nature, with the fire crackling and the tranquil sounds of wildlife is when the real magic happens... meaningful conversation and connection.

 

COOKING + AFTERNOON TEA

12:15 - 2:15pm

 

More fun cooking and creating, this time for our yummy afternoon tea!

 

Enjoy the peace and quiet of the country, the warmth of a fire and the company of lovely new friends.

NATURE CONNECTION MEDITATION

2:15 - 2:45pm

Take a seat by the creek and let Aimee gently guide you through a unique meditation combining "Shin-rin Yoku" (Japanese Forest Bathing) techniques with her own ideas for a relaxing and revitalizing experience.

This method is designed to be practiced in any full or semi-natural setting and doesn't need to take very long at all, so it's perfect for busy urban dwellers!

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INGREDIENTS WE MAY BE USING

- in-season native edible fruit, citrus, leaves, herbs picked + used fresh

- bunya nuts

- paperbark

- kangaroo, chicken + wild-caught fish

- native pepperberry and salt

- macadamia nuts and oil

- wattleseed + other herbs/spices

- green banana flour

- coconut-based ingredients

- pure grass-fed gelatin

- local raw honey

- chia seeds

 

+ lots more!

100% ORIGINAL, NEW AND NEVER-SHARED-BEFORE RECIPES HAVE BEEN CREATED JUST FOR THIS EVENT!

 

Many of the ingredients can be easily sourced online, at health food stores and in some supermarkets, meaning you can easily replicate the recipes at home, or change them to suit your tastes and available ingredients.

 

All the plants we gather from grow easily in SEQ and can be purchased from local native nurseries or online. There's a real emphasis on educating our guests on the importance of growing natives and how they easily can.

 

Food and drink recipes are free from gluten, grains, animal milk, modern legumes and cane sugar.

 

COST TO ATTEND

TBA

INCLUDED

 

- Identification of and foraging for native Australian bushfoods and other edible plants

- Hands-on cooking workshop, all equipment and all ingredients for making lunch and afternoon tea

- Nature Connection Meditation session

- Recipe and educational resources provided as hard copies and electronically

- On-site use of a water-less bucket toilet 

- Spring and filtered water on tap

- Street parking outside the property

- Use of natural repellent and hand soap

- Expert and friendly hosts and staff

- First Aid + CPR certified host and a stocked First Aid Kit

- A paleo-based menu created to be free from gluten, grains, animal milk, refined sugar and modern legumes

- Access to a private property surrounded by beautiful bush, with an abundance of wildlife, plenty of peace and quiet, and a fantastic day out in the country!

Accommodation:

Camping is not permitted on-site however there are various options nearby such as:

* Kenilworth Homestead

* Charlie Moreland and Booloumba Creek

* Kenilworth Bluff Campground

* Kenilworth Camping 

* Kookaburra Park

So why not make a weekend of it?

 

GUEST FEEDBACK + TESTIMONIALS

"Saturday was absolutely amazing! I appreciate your commitment and dedication to learning about our unique bush foods and passing on your knowledge via Primal Influence workshops.  A very happy participant"

"A great day of learning, cooking, storytelling and finishing with a guided meditation. Highly recommended!"

"it was a GREAT Day. I have to say it was one of 'the' best run workshops I have attended in a very long time. Aimee is passionate and very knowledgeable about her cooking and use of our native ingredients wherever possible. She passed that knowledge on with fun and efficiency and enveloped our small group with her enthusiasm and joy. I must say the day passed much too quickly. She is a very down to earth, common sense woman. Am definitely going to be doing more workshops with her and highly recommend them to anyone interested. Also, big thanks to Clint and Kate for helping out. Great workshop - very interesting, great camaraderie, awesome food - yum and great natural bushland setting.

Looking forward to next workshop guys."

"Aimee put on the most wonderful event. Her knowledge of all things bush food and cooking is fantastic.

Overall it was a truly enjoyable day."

"A wonderful experience, designed with great care and respect for First Nations people as well as for the environment. Aimee is knowledgeable, patient, and clearly loves sharing her learning with others. Her guided meditation at the end is the perfect end to a fascinating day in a beautiful environment with delicious food."

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