Chocolate Demonstration and Truffle making. March 24th 10am to 3.30pm
Make your very own chocolaty creations with this chocolate making workshop with local chocolatier Karen Series from Chocolate Planet, Suffolk’s newest Luxury Chocolate company.
You’ll get plenty of hands on experience and will be able to take home your own made treats – provided you haven’t eaten them all before your class ends.
You’ll be using milk and dark chocolate to create and decorate giant buttons, you’ll hear all about the history of chocolate making and how it gets from bean to bar. You’ll cut, dip and decorate, melt and cool your chocolate, with the chance to create your own truffles after watching a demonstration.
Time: 10am to 3.30pm Cost: £40 inc lunch and refreshments
A lubricious medley of artichoke hearts, lemon and toasted whole almonds seasoned with thyme, honey and our finest olive oil.
Sarde alla Beccafico
This is a dish of butterflied sardines sandwiched with a breadcrumb, parsley and parmesan stuffing. The plump stuffed fish with their tails sticking out are said to resemble the beccafico, a little bird found in Italy that loves to eat figs (fico).
Pollo alla Cacciatore
The classic chicken casserole with all the robust flavours of rustic Italy – garlic, rosemary, white wine, tomatoes and olives. Not forgetting the star of the show: Sutton Hoo Chicken thighs.
A traditional Ligurian tart made with spinach and Ricotta cheese often served at Easter time. The pastry should have 33 layers representing the 33 year Christ spent on earth. I suspect our version will have fewer than that though.
Both served with polenta and green salad
Need I say more?
Dolce di Polenta e Arancia
Orange and Rosemary Polenta Cake served with Orange Marscapone and caramalised clemantine
Selection of English Cheeses, chutneys and biscuits (£3.00 suppliment)
Do you have a few acres you’re wondering how best to use? Fancy keeping some livestock but don’t know where to start? Are you concerned about the legalities and paperwork involved? Or perhaps you just fancy a fun day on a model smallholding learning new things… If so, then this course is for you.
What does the course involve?
An introduction to smallholding for beginners and those still thinking about it, giving you an insight into the running of smallholding. Fun and informative, the day promises conversation with like-minded people guided by us and our experience of running Rookery Farm, our six acre holding just outside Bury St Edmunds.
Price £75 (£120 for two people booking together) The course fee includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea and cakes
Groups are kept to around 6 to ensure that you all get the attention you need for a fulfilling and fun day.
Feedback from previous course delegates “We would just like to say a big thanks to you both for the excellent day we had yesterday. From your knowledge and tips to the food and fantastic, welcoming atmosphere you both gave. We feel very much more confident in getting some sheep now and would thoroughly recommend the course to others. We would also come back if you ever offered any other courses of interest to us.” AM Suffolk
Building your own oven from mud and straw is an amazing thing to do.
It’s empowering and fun and the clay pizza oven will give you and your family many years of good service. Its also pretty inexpensive to do with mud from your garden. So don’t even think about spending ££££ on an off the shelf thing.
Honestly, it is easy to do I would challenge pretty much anyone to be able to make one. But on this course I will take you through how we built ours and give you some pointers to ensure that what you build, will work and will last.
On the course you will:
• learn how to test your own mud to ensure its right consistency to build
• learn how to mix build quality cob (you could build a house with this stuff) and correct the mix if it goes wrong
• learn about the different possible designs and discuss the pros and cons of each
• build an oven from scratch
• eat pizza from cob oven
• gain all the knowledge and experience required to build your own cob oven
Time: 10 to 4pm Cost: £75 inc Pizza lunch and refreshments and course notes
Got a bit of land and wondering about a few sheep for lamb? Or do you have an orchard that you’re tired of mowing? What ever the reason you are thinking about how to keep sheep, this day is for you – its a hands on and practical introduction to sheep husbandry. We’ll start with looking at breed choice and key requirements and then move onto feeding and nutrition. Working our way through the shepherds year we’ll cover basic sheep husbandry and key health issues . There will be lots of hands on sheep handling and chance to perform some of the routine tasks, like dagging and foot trimming —don’t worry they are used to it and soon you will be too!
For further course information please email us via our contact form
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £75 (£120 for two people booking together)
Includes hand outs, coffee/tea and pastries on arrival, a light lunch and afternoon tea.
Feedback from previous course delegates: “We would just like to say a big thanks to you both for the excellent day we had yesterday. From your knowledge and tips to the food and fantastic, welcoming atmosphere you both gave. We feel very much more confident in getting some sheep now and would thoroughly recommend the course to others. We would also come back if you ever offered any other courses of interest to us.” AM-Suffolk
An introduction to pig keeping and making sausages for beginners and dreamers. This course will give you the knowledge you need to keep a couple of weaners to slaughter weight and the confidence to do it well. It will also give you an introduction to sausage making on a domestic scale. A good mix of discussion and hands on practice will ensure you’ll go away with all you need to know to grow your own sausage sandwich. A practical hands on day on our small farm.