Sassafras

November 14, 2012 at 10:17 pm (Dessert, Sassafras, UK, Victoria)

During Mum’s last visit, we decided to make the most of the sunny weekend and explore beautiful Sassafras.

On arriving, we spent some time soaking up the morning sun at the See-Da-Wood nursery, where Mum proceeded to pick the brain of the friendly proprietor for cherry blossom growing tips.

We then headed to Miss Marple for lunch.  This cute English tea room, inspired by the tea room of St Mary Mead from Agatha Christie’s popular novels, is quite a tourist attraction, so I highly recommend you get there early.  The food is not exactly incredible, but it is well worth a visit for the experience.

To start, a pot of Yorkshire Gold tea, Miss Marple’s favourite :P

We had to try one of the ‘Famous Fingers’.  The welsh rarebit fingers were slightly overdone but still deliciously more-ish; sharp English cheddar, cooked with egg, Guiness, mustard and spices, on wholemeal toast.

Next, creamy pumpkin soup, served with a light drizzle of cream and a warm roll with whipped butter for dipping.

For dessert,Devonshire scones served with home made jam and whipped cream. Not quite your traditional scone, more like a cross between a scone and a cake.  Regardless, these were light, fluffy and fresh from the oven; a great finish to an enjoyable meal. Next time though, I’m going for bread and butter pudding :P

After lunch, we popped into Tea Leaves to browse the biggest collection of random teapots I have ever seen.  A tea- and coffee-lovers paradise, they also stock a range of interesting blends, along with nibbles to go with your brew.

Finally, a stop at Cream at Sassafras, a gourmet pantry and caterer.  Owners and food enthusiasts, Mark and Leenah, opened the store in 2009 and have been introducing patrons to quality goods supplied by their regional Australian producer partners.  Customers are encouraged to explore and taste the range of products.  Mark introduced us to Rochester Ginger, a natural ginger concentrate with quite a serious kick; just add a dash to a pot of green tea for some tummy-warming goodness.  We also picked up some delicious, creamy Beechworth honey with fig and ginger.

Check out the Cream website for their full list of partners and products, along with the blog for news, events and some awesome recipes.
 
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