Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Travel {Hunter Valley Weekend}

I have a little birthday coming up this weekend, just a little blip birthday really nothing to fuss about. Last weekend the girls and I headed to our Farm in the Hunter Valley for a little R & R on the third annual "Frolicking in the Vineyards tour". 

The weekend Started with an amazing Lunch at The Veranda Restaurant at Calais Estate Palmers Lane Pokolbin, a lovely Tapas Style restaurant and we managed to eat ourselves silly with:
  • Slow roasted Lamb shoulder with Kipfler potato and green olive
  • Sydney rock” trio oyster taster plate; tempura with wasabi aioli, Virgin Mary and soy mirin
  • Pan seared haloumi with rhubarb, orange and cinnamon compote
  • Porcini and wild mushroom arancini
  • Thai style blue swimmer crab and prawn cakes with nam jim dipping sauce
  • Chicken ballontine of sage and pistachio nuts with glazed eschallot
  • Jamon with panko crusted duck egg, truffle oil and pecorino (served with Apera)
  • Slow braised Asian style pork belly with celeriac puree  
 Followed by the fluffiest Chocolate Souffle ever for desert (They have 4 different flavours)

After lunch the sunshine was so beautiful so we had a little walk around followed by the obligatory stop at the Hunter Valley Cheese Co to pick up some Branxton Brie. We then headed back to the farm for a dusk walk to see the cows (The farm is an operational black Angus farm).

Dinner was an amazing cheese plate, Sam Sam Cocktails and wine (or bottles of Yum as Ricki likes to say), the cheese plate had every type of cheese you could think of including macerated figs (A must try with any soft cheese if you can find them). My sister bought this cake:

Sunday morning after we headed to Resturant Cuvve at Peterson house for a campaign (Sparkling wine to be politically correct) breakfast:

The girls! Ricki, me, Christine and Jess

Super excited on the count down to our trip next year!


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