In this household, we've long been great fans of the ABC's "The Cook and the Chef" which airs at around 6.30pm on Wednesday nights.
Just recently, my stepfather discovered that the Cook (Maggie Beer) in fact lives not far from my parents in the Barossa Valley, and has a wonderful farm/restaurant business there.
Last Sunday, after the exciting Graduation was over and done with on the Saturday, I was driven out to Maggie Beer's farm/restaurant as a surprise!
It is located in amongst the vineyards and on a fabulous lake, which there is was walking trail around. In the restaurant are shelves of Maggie's various delicacies, including her signature Verjuice, as well as a variety of scrumptious patés and pastes, and extra virgin olive oil and wines and her books and the list just goes on and on...
At 2pm on Sundays guests can watch a cooking demostration which is often done by Maggie herself, but last Sunday was done by one of her staff, and her granddaughter, Lily because Maggie was busy setting up for another event on the property.
We all had picnic lunches (which her restaurant specialises in) and Erik tracked Maggie down and told her how much we all love watching her show, and how if we miss an episode, we always make sure to catch up when the repeats are aired on the weekend (hmmm, that part was slightly embellished, he was just wanting her to know how much we love her show). He apparently told her it was an honour to meet her (he's such a charmer, LOL)...
In was a fabulous experience and we all left feeling very satisfied with what was to offer on the menu! Ari had so much fun he ended the outing with a table top dance, LOL!