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Mushroom Ravioli & Spinach, Macadamia Pesto: Tamborine Mountain Cooking School – by Emma Stirling APD

Can you imagine going to Queensland and not getting sand between your toes?  Mr Surfer Dude would certainly not allow it.  But after the Problogger Training Event last weekend on the Gold Coast I travelled inland, rather than heading straight to the beach.  And atop an extinct volcano fell in love with the beautiful hinterland and fresh produce of Tamborine Mountain.  So I am incredibly excited to bring you a super clever recipe from Tamborine Cooking School, plus notes on new foods and travel tips. It’s the first post in a brand new series from Scoop Nutrition. We will still have our indepth weekly post and roving dietitian reporters out on assignment.  But every Friday you will get an added bonus.  A little foodie inspiration or magazine style short content.  It’s a sneaky read at work or the spark of an idea to launch you into a happy, healthy weekend. Tamborine mountain garden photo Tamborine garden - quensland australia Tamborine Mountain Avocados on a truck photo Fresh Baby beets and carrots photo by scoop nutrition Tamborine oils, spices and ingredients photo Native finger lime photo at tamborine mountain The old school approach of an honesty box for roadside avocados, rhubarb, garlic, ginger, kiwifruit, mushrooms and more is the first sign that you are in a very special place.  And the view from Tamborine Mountain to the sparkling coast is as spectacular as the love for local food.  There is foraging to be had in the magnificent National Parks with bush foods like finger limes (above), Warrigal greens, wild macadamias and lemon myrtle.  Plus artisan goodies from local vineyards, Witches Chase Cheese Factory, Jimboomba Quail Eggs and the surrounding Scenic Rim Food Bowl.  The riches of food spill out like lava once did fertilising the surrounding soil.  And that was before we stepped into Chef Terri’s vegetable garden at Tamborine Cooking School. Teri Taylor and friends cooking photo Mushroom Ravioli recipe photo Mushroom Ravioli food - finish product Tamborine Mountain Cooking School - fresh orange photos A French trained chef Terri easily adapts her classes to special dietary needs, with a twist of good health and recognition of our fast paced lives.  Plus she was absolutely delightful to our snap happy bloggers! You’ll love how this recipe uses Gow Gee wrappers as a shortcut for ravioli. And the subtle blend of spinach instead of basil in the pesto that lets the golden macadamias shine through.  Grab the full recipe here: Tamborine Cooking School Mushroom Ravioli & Macadamia Pesto. We’ll back on Tamborine Mountain with another foodie file very soon, as there is so much more to share, especially the restaurants on offer. Have you ever been lovelies? What cooking school adventures have you done around the world?  Do you like our idea of a foodie Friday?

Emma was an invited guest of Gold Coast and Queensland Tourism and attended the cooking school with a group of food bloggers.  Thanks to Southern Cross 4WD Tours for the transport and adventures off track!


  • Kyrstie Barcak

    I love the idea of a foodie inspired Friday. It sounds like fun! As well as Tamborine Cooking School with you, I have attended cooking schools on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, and also Thailand and Malaysia. I love learning more about the local cuisine of our chosen destination and then returning home and adapting it for our family.

  • Jo @ The Balanced Lunchbox

    Foodie Friday sounds great. I’m looking forward to it.

  • EmmaStirling

    Thanks Jo – feedback means a lot!

  • EmmaStirling

    Oh that sounds divine

  • Deanna Segrave-Daly

    WOW. Another thing to add to my Australia travel bucket list

  • Kate

    I agree with you Deanna!

    Love the idea of Foodie Fridays Emma and, in answer to your question about what cooking school adventures have I done around the world? First up was a market visit and cooking class in Chiang Mai (northern Thailand) post ICN in 2009, then a number of different classes along my European trip in 2012 – market visit and pasta making in Bologna (Italy), Hungarian in Budapest (so much cream and salt but fun!), market visit and Moroccan class in Marrakesh (in the middle of the 40+ degree Ramadan!!), then on our honeymoon late last year, it was a Thai cooking class on Koh Yao Noi (near Phuket) then an Intrepid foodie tour of Vietnam from north to south (bunkering down from Typhoon Haiyan in Hoi An) which included cooking classes in each of Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City to explore the regional differences. Oh, and how could I forget the awesome bread making class we did at the Abbotsford Convent early last year – wonderful!

    Along the way there have of course been many other foodie trips, such as producers (e.g. strawberries and cheese on the Mornington Peninsula, Wensleydale in the UK, Parmigiana Reggiano in Italy), gardens (Rose Creek Estate in East Keilor – our own backyard!), cideries/wineries/breweries etc etc etc and many a foodie walking tour around places (Edinburgh was a highlight) …the list goes on!!

  • Kate

    That’s what I love too Kyrstie! 🙂

  • Sheree Morris

    Wonderful post! Such lovely photos and stories. Mount Tamborine is simply gorgeous and I am now longing to go back there. Yay for Foodie Friday!

  • EmmaStirling

    Amazing!

  • Kerryn Boogaard

    This is a beautiful post Emma. I just love seeking out local cooking schools when on holidays. They give you a true taste of the people and produce of the region. We were lucky enough to stay with a chef in Tuscany and spend time with her in her kitchen earlier this year. A memory I will cherish forever!

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