Archive for August, 2014

Brunyfire Afield: At The Barn.

Posted in Uncategorized on August 16, 2014 by brunyfire

Not too far afield as it happens and the Barn in question, is the Schoolhouse Gallery and Cottage Museum, set in the landscaped grounds of the historical Rosny Farm site in the City of Clarence, in southern Tasmania. The site has important historical roots as a fine example of an early walled farmyard containing a 19th century heritage listed sandstone barn and farm cottage. It underwent a program of redevelopment in 2006 that transformed the old barn into a visual and performing arts space where it hosts  recitals, concerts, exhibitions, lectures and workshops.

On a cold winter’s evening, the Barn was the setting for a gala dinner to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Australia’s first cookbook by the first Warden of Clarence, Edward Abbott. The English and Australian Cookery Book: Cookery for the Many as well as for the Upper Ten Thousand by an Australian Aristologist was written by Abbott in 1864 and was a one-off – there was only ever one edition ever produced.The English and Australian cookery book: cookery for the many as well as for the "upper ten thousand" by an Australian aristologist, Edward Abbot, London, Sampson Low, Son, and Marston, 1864In the 1970s, a selection of Abbott’s original material appeared under the title The Colonial Cook Book: the Recipes of a By-gone Australia, edited by Alison Burt and on May 4 this year, a full facsimile, published by Paul County of The Culinary Historians of Tasmania, was also launched at the Tasting Australia Festival in Adelaide. The English & Australian Cookery has a companion volume………Edition149_Australias__first__cookbookThe gallery was beautifully decked out and the large open barn was surprisingly warm for such a big space. Gala dinnerFine glassware and candlelight – live music and a Master of Ceremonies. Ryk Goddard (in French garb) regaled us amusing readings from the recipe book but became a little irksome with his party games in between courses – personally, I preferred him as the wicked wolf in the Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf played during the Festival of Voices at the Theatre Royal.

P1000005 The menu for the evening was inspired by recipes from within, and comprised of:

Anchovies on a Boiled Quail EggP1000015Wallaby Tail Soup with OatcakesP1000018Quail stuffed with Braised Shallot and served with Pork and Oyster Meatballs

with Pease Pudding and a Taro Pudding.P1000021Warden’s Pie with Pear and Glace Citrus FruitsP1000022

All in all, a pleasant enough meal but expensive for what we got at $80 a pop.  As the evening was supposed to celebrate Abbott’s cook book and act as a sales opportunity for the companion copy produced by Paul County it was a pity the book itself wasn’t there – still not back from the publishers at the time of the dinner apparently.

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