Friday, 18 May 2012

Aga Fabulous Fish Class

Here is the table set for us to enjoy the food's cooked at today's Aga Class.

Sarah was here to cook us a feast of Fabulous Fish, whilst showing us our way around an Aga at the same time.

There were plenty of Aga tips and cookery ideas shared during the demonstration.

It was a delicious spread.

Here are some photos of the Fab Fish.

Firstly a Seafood Cassoulet, fantastic with some crusty chunks of bread.

Followed by a Smoky Fish Pie, a hint of stilton in the mash and a hint of horseradish in the sauce, really turned this into something special. 

Sarah always demonstrates a tart, to show that in Aga-Land we don't blind bake, your tarts and quiches can just go straight into the Aga on the floor of the Roasting Oven, which is such a time saving revelation!

Today's tart was Smoked Mackerel and Spring Onion.

Next is a Steamed Sea Bass with an amazing tangy sauce.  Today, Sarah also had some Poulting fish which she used too.  We roasted the fish for this recipe.

There were other dishes such as scallops with cauliflower, sesame crusted tuna, slow roasted dill salmon and a chunky baked cod with a rocket crust

Sarah is back at Treetops on Friday 21 September for Effortless Entertaining, from 9.45am - 1.30pm.  


And also for Christmas Aga (Turkey this year) on Friday 9 November.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Coming Up - Two Day Watercolour Retreat

We are holding a two day Watercolour class in June.

Wednesday 27 & Thursday 28 June.

Two days to get away from it all, to come and relax, enjoy the peace, quiet and setting of Treetops, and paint.

Over the two days, Claire will cover drawing skills, building up your sketch pad - how to capture a sketch and how to use it later on, watercolour and painting techniques.

Having the two days enables you and Claire to get into greater depth with your work.

I'm sure that over the two days, there will be some sunshine, and we can spend time outside sketching and using parts of the garden as inspiration.

The days start at 9.30am and finish at approximately 3pm.

The price includes all of your materials, lunch and wine on both days and teas, coffees and home made biscuits.

(I can recommend a nearby B&B if you would like to stay nearby).

Friday, 4 May 2012

Watercolour Bluebells

We had Claire with us yesterday for another Watercolour Class
 - Bluebells -

The paintings were all lovely, full of light, dappled shade, meandering pathways and pretty bluebells.

The trees were painted in last, so the paintings looked very strange until they were painted in, then the paintings came alive.

We worked with 3 shades of purples, greens and browns, so we spent alot of time mixing and getting the right balance of paint pigment and water.

We also mixed up a tiny bit of pink, as it's always nice to add a bit of pink!  Whether it's in skies or bluebells woods.

We also loved hearing how one of our artists came to the class because her husband proposed to her in a Bluebell wood .... aaaahhhh!

Claire will be back for a two-day Watercolour Class in June, where we will be doing some exciting things, please email or call for details, we still have some spaces available.  I can recommend a great B&B nearby.