Spring Harvest: Online Edition
We've teamed up with chef, author and host of River Cottage Australia Paul West, along with Cornersmith, The Urban Beehive, Archie Rose Distilling Co., food writer Barbara Sweeney and our own resident gastronomer Jacqui Newling and curator Dr Scott Hill, to bring you an online program that you can take part in and enjoy from the comfort of your home.
Joining in the festivities of Spring Harvest, our on-site restaurant, Estate Vaucluse House, will be offering cuisine inspired by the kitchen garden and a special high tea. Plus, we've pulled together a range of Spring Harvest-inspired cookbooks and kitchen items available for purchase from our online store.
To celebrate our Spring Harvest, we also have a Spring-inspired prize pack to give away, valued at over $300. Simply sign up to our enews on this page to enter the draw.
See our full Spring Harvest program below.
Join Uncle Fred of Fred’s Bush Tucker as he shares his knowledge of traditional cooking techniques and flavours.
For something different, learn how to make this zesty pickled pineapple and discover the historical significance of the ‘King of Fruits’. Sydney Living Museums’ resident gastronomer, Jacqui Newling, shares this simple-to-make recipe that can pack a surprising punch. Plus, it’s the perfect gift for friends and family!
To coincide with the anniversary of the ‘grand fete’ of 1831 at Vaucluse House, we’re making bread. For the fete’s joyous festivities, 4000 loaves of bread completed an enormous banquet. This serves as the inspiration for our baking demonstration: a Barmbrack loaf using currants made by chef, author and educator, Holly Davis.
The Wentworth family's dairy maid would manage the milk that came in daily from the family’s ‘house cows’. From there, the milk could be transformed into cheeses of different varieties. In this video featuring artisan cheesemaker Kristen Allan, you'll learn the techniques involved in making washed rind cheese.
In the colonial kitchen
Chef and author Paul West and our resident gastronomer Jacqui Newling take inspiration from the colonial kitchen garden to whip up an impressive salad that you can make at home.
Sunday 25 October, 12pm
Bees and honey
The beehives at Vaucluse House form the backdrop to this talk, featuring food writer and honey judge Barbara Sweeney and Urban Beehive’s Doug Purdie. Together, they’ll explore the extraordinary life of the honey bee, the complex workings of their hive and the hives’ role in the garden. Then join them in a honey tasting – you can follow along at home with a full jar of honey and a spoon – where they discuss the myriad qualities of this liquid gold.
The timelessness of copper cookware
The kitchen at Vaucluse House features an impressive batterie de cuisine of 137 pots, pans and jelly moulds made from copper. Colonial gastronomer Jacqui Newling, food writer Barbara Sweeney and antique dealer John Cunnington from The Art of Wine and Food discuss the collection, cooking with copper pots, their care and repair, history and provenance.
The rituals involved in sitting down to a meal have changed over the years, with much less etiquette and finery seen at today’s dining tables. Using the Vaucluse House dining room as inspiration, Sydney Living Museums curator Dr Scott Hill will share tips on how you can transform your next meal into a culinary experience fit for the Wentworths.
Friday 23 October, 12pm
Virtual garden explorations
A visit to Vaucluse
Join Paul West, chef, author and host of River Cottage Australia, as he explores Vaucluse House and its colonial kitchen and garden. During his visit, Paul meets curator Jacqui Newling and horticulturist Anita Rayner, who share some of the history of the property. Paul’s book, The edible garden cookbook & growing guide, is available for purchase through our Spring Harvest online shop.
The pleasure garden
Discover the peaceful beauty of Vaucluse House’s pleasure garden, featuring exotic plants from all over the world. Sydney Living Museums’ Director of Heritage, Assets & Museums, Ian Innes, shares some of the history of the garden, as well as his favourite plantings.
Spring Harvest online shop
19th century cookbooks abound with fish recipes. Fish was baked, scalloped, put into pies, curried, potted and of course, made into soups, like the seaman’s chowder.
This pickle captures the flavours associated with the reaches of the British Empire in the nineteenth-century: ginger and allspice from Jamaica, pepper from India and cloves from Africa or Southern India.
Baked cheesecakes made with fresh ricotta-style cottage cheese appear in many cookery texts from the early 19th century.
Calf's foot jelly
Most cookery books from the mid-nineteenth century indicate that calf’s foot jelly was the most common form of gelatine in domestic cookery, for both sweet and savoury dishes.
This 'very Simple Method, and exceedingly Good' recipe adapted from Mrs Beeton's Book of household management (1861) for fennel is delicious!
Mrs Wiseheart's salad dressing
This dressing is in the 'salad cream' style – like a lighter version of a bearnaise sauce. It is delicious drizzled over cos lettuce or steamed asparagus.
Blog posts from the Cook & the Curator
Estate Vaucluse House
To celebrate Spring Harvest, Estate Vaucluse House has created a seasonal menu based around the produce grown in the kitchen garden.
You can also enjoy a special high tea experience on the final day of the program! Be sure to include a stroll past the kitchen garden in your visit.
Sunday 25 October, sittings at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
Bookings: Estate Vaucluse House