Cooking School Experience in the Wairarapa, New Zealand (Lavenders Green)

Last Updated on August 12, 2019

 

Cooking School Experience in the Wairarapa, New Zealand (Lavenders Green)

Learning about a new region or country through food is one of the best ways to gain an understanding of local life.  Mary Biggs is a well-known name in the Wairarapa and is the woman behind the successful brand Lavenders Green which was set up in 1999 selling lemon condiments, such as lemon curd and cordial.

Most recently, she has opened up a fantastic cooking school at her farm called Te Puhi where you can learn some of her favourite recipes using ingredients that are fresh, tasty and picked right from her gardens.  This is by far the best cooking school in New Zealand that I have experienced!

 

Cooking School Experience in the Wairarapa, New Zealand (Lavenders Green) Cooking School Experience in the Wairarapa, New Zealand (Lavenders Green) Cooking School Experience in the Wairarapa, New Zealand (Lavenders Green)

All about Lavenders Green Cooking School

The cooking school starts at 9.30am and is a full day of cooking, foraging for food in her gardens, and of course eating the 4-course meal you prepared!  It’s a really great way of gaining some knowledge of typical New Zealand meals and the kind of food families around the country may prepare.  Once the meals are cooked, then you will sit and enjoy the food over a few glasses of local wine which is included in the price too.  It’s a really fun day out and great to do with a bunch of your closest girlfriends.

Not only do you go home with a full belly, but you also get to take home a set of new recipes and a kitchen gift too, all for $200NZD per person.

Cooking School Experience in the Wairarapa, New Zealand (Lavenders Green)

On the menu

Starter – Home, hot smoked salmon w goats curd, pickled beetroot and watercress.
Main – Slow roasted pork belly w duck fat roast potatoes, kumera, Jerusalem artichokes and slow cooked purple cabbage
Cheese – V old Edam, Blue monkey w oat biscuits and fresh figs (Cheese from C’est Cheese located in Featherston)
Dessert – Lemon posset with poached quince

Cooking School Experience in the Wairarapa, New Zealand (Lavenders Green) Cooking School Experience in the Wairarapa, New Zealand (Lavenders Green)

*All courses are seasonal so the food I photographed may not available in the summertime for instance.

 

Where is the cooking school located?

Mary’s cooking school is located in Featherston which is one of the small towns in the Wairarapa region.

Her Te Puhi farm is full of beautiful gardens, veggie patches and lemon trees.  Her country estate is just gorgeous too.  If you are a fan of interior design like me then you will love all of the little details, it’s a real country home.  The table is beautifully decorated and the house has an eclectic style going on (which I LOVE!).

 

check out accommodation in featherston

 

Cooking School Experience in the Wairarapa, New Zealand (Lavenders Green) Cooking School Experience in the Wairarapa, New Zealand (Lavenders Green)

So, if you are looking for something to do in the Wairarapa region then I highly recommend you get in touch with Mary to book a class It’s well worth doing and she is just lovely!

All food is gluten-free and she is happy to cater to any dietary requirements you may have.

 

A big thank you to Mary for having me and Destination Wairarapa for organising this!

 

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The Comments

  • Rhonda Albom
    June 22, 2016

    Sounds like a fun day and the food looks delicious. I love lemon curd, but don’t know hers. I have been to Wellington several times, but not the Wairarapa, yet.

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > Rhonda Albom
      June 25, 2016

      The food was so delicious and I have to say it was one of the best pork bellies I have had in my life! The Wairarapa is a really great getaway from Wellington. If you need any recommendations in the future feel free to contact me 🙂

  • TravelTheGlobe4Less
    June 25, 2016

    The food looks fabulous! It’s making me need my breakfast

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > TravelTheGlobe4Less
      June 25, 2016

      Yeah I know right! Making me hungry again…

  • Noel Morata
    June 25, 2016

    Looks like so much fun, I totally would get into this and making those delicious looking dishes!

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > Noel Morata
      June 25, 2016

      They were so yummy! Still dreaming about them now…

  • Pauline Anderson
    June 25, 2016

    I had the pleasure of staying at Te Puhi. Sadly missed the cooking school. But will be going back to sample the fare most of which comes from the farm. Great hosts.

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > Pauline Anderson
      June 25, 2016

      Oh brilliant, I’m glad you had the pleasure to stay at Te Puhi! It just means you will have to come back and experience the cooking school now;)

  • Mellissa Williams
    June 25, 2016

    I studied food and nutrition so I would love to go to a cooking school. The food you cooked looks beautiful and I bet it tasted delicious too.

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > Mellissa Williams
      June 27, 2016

      Oh it was! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Jen
    June 25, 2016

    I love taking cooking classes in new places – great way to learn about the culture and history of a place. The food looks delicious! Great way to spend a day.

  • John Morris
    June 25, 2016

    The big city cooking classes leave a lot to be desired. They are so cookie-cutter. But this appears to have been an intimate experience, which I would love. Hiding to the gardens in search of ingredients, cooking with someone who is so unique – what an experience!

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > John Morris
      June 27, 2016

      Definitely! I think this cooking school is a lot more authentic than some of the ones that are out there.

  • Drew
    June 26, 2016

    You had me at pork belly and duck fat potatoes! Great looking menu and a fun afternoon cooking up a storm. I love that little cottage!

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > Drew
      June 27, 2016

      Haha yup…my favourite too! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Kerri
    June 26, 2016

    Definitely right up my alley! Was the goats curd actually mixed in with the smoked salmon? Food looks fabulous as does the surroundings.

  • Andra
    June 26, 2016

    This post is really delicious! And the house is absolutely adorable. I keep on stumbling upon incredible New Zealand articles that just make me wanna get there as soon as possible!

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > Andra
      June 27, 2016

      It’s just a sign you have to come here 😉

  • LeAnna
    June 27, 2016

    I love that you can “forage” for your own food and then prepare it! I love fresh cooking, so this sounds like an amazing experience!

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > LeAnna
      June 27, 2016

      Yeah I think it gives a more authentic experience! 🙂

  • Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    June 28, 2016

    What a lovely place! I love taking cooking classes and food tours when I’m traveling.