I regularly stop and reflect on how grateful I am for all the small and grand gestures of kindness and friendship that come my way – often…..OUR way, (as in Deb, Tez & Maximillian!)
Along with the chefs and presenters (as mentioned in my previous post), here are some salutations for our first year of running Plough Creek Cooking School and Plough Creek Homestead.
Tony Matera for our photos and videos on the website and Phoebe who looks after the website for me, all the time!!!!! Michael who keeps me digitally alive. Other photos along the way by Sophie, Tezza, Alfie and Pete (Webster).
Advertising, promoting and encouragement by some local retail outlets including:
House at Mid Valley (thanks Carol), Norm Oliver Quality Meat at Mid Valley (thanks Shane), Hair Workshop in Morwell (thanks Karen), Endota Spa in Traralgon (thanks Jodi & team), Party Cupcake in Traralgon (thanks Sophie), Equus in Sale (thanks Annie & Donna), Town & Country Gallery in Yarragon (thanks Jo), Treehouse Living in Traralgon (thanks Judith).
Latrobe Valley Express, Gippsland; a celebration of Country Life and Gippsland: the lifestyle, our pride, our place, have done wonderful features about us.
Scullerymade in High Street Armadale, is the most fabulous catering and cooking equipment supply outlet for all the extra cooking gear needed.
All produce is purchased locally, as much as possible and the bulk of it is purchased at good old Manny’s Market in Morwell. George at the Deli in Manny’s Market is always so helpful. If he hasn’t stocked it on his shelf, he sure tries hard to find it for us.
Remembering that our philosophy is based on; “if you want to cook and you have a kitchen – then you can – we will show you how!” We insist that whatever the chefs produce in the class, must be able to be reproduced by participants at home.
I especially want to thank some foodie friends for their sound advice &/or encouragement along the way:
Annie from EQUUS and Raeshaws at Fulham in Sale.
Jodi from Endota Spa in Traralgon and previously of Century Inn.
Meggsi from Yabba Gabba kitchen in Deniliquin.
The other thanks may seem a bit strange, because they are people I had never met, (luckily enough I have met two of them now), however, you do fill my days with engaging conversation via twitter, Facebook and blogs..…..You may never know how much you inspire or assist – but here is a little thanks to some of my regular and favourite reads:
Mel at the cooks notebook.
Liz at Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things.
Carly at Radio Carly (not just food, but life inspiration also).
Jo at Quirky Cooking.
Alexx at Real Food. Low Tox Living.
My gang of Bestie’s – “the Simples on tour” – you know who you are!!!
Jules, my wonderful friend from afar, who encourages and inspires me in so many ways.
And of course, Tez and Max – hugest love ever for you two. xxx
Happy tastings – happy faces, places and spaces.