Tuesday, 15 October 2013

fun on the farm – cows, goats and breakfast feasts

DFCT a this post is sponsored By Nuffnang

On a recent sunny Saturday I went bright and early to a brunch at Collingwood Children’s Farm by Dairy Farmers Thick & Creamy. Dairy Farmers were launching their new Thick & Creamy everyday gourmet yoghurt and we were going to try it in style.

Collingwood Children’s Farm is a beautiful green and leafy oasis in Melbourne’s inner city. With the Abbotsford Convent on one side, and the Yarra Scenic Drive on the other, it is one of my favourite spots here and I think we are lucky to still have it.

DFCT q DFCT s DFCT t DFCT u There are animals everywhere, with chickens wandering around among the visitors, and goats with their kids frolicking for us visitors and happy to be patted.

goaty-nom Well, except for this one, who was intent on eating the flowers in the next paddock and wasn’t about to let a little detail like a fence get in the way.

DFCT y DFCT x We all had coffees in the morning sunshine, and tried to get the peacock to fan his tail. He appreciated his fans watching him strut about but did not care to do the big display for us.

DFCT r The chickens were so big and round and not at all shy.

DFCT v DFCT w Then I got to do something I’ve always, always wanted to do: I got to milk a cow! I was the first to offer to try – the small children were too shy to go first so I did some great community service – and, sitting on the tiny stool clearly made for a tinier behind than mine, I milked Biddy the cow. Biddy was surprisingly hot to the touch, and I am proud to say I got milk out, and even got it into the bucket and not on the floor or myself. The secret’s out – maybe I’m a country girl at heart!

DFCT z DFCT m On a milkmaid high, we walked through the gardens to the back paddock where brunch was being held.

TC brunch r TC brunch b TC brunch c TC brunch d TC brunch u It was beautiful! Long tables set up, dazzling among the green, heavy with flowers and food. And: I finally got to satisfy a month-long croissant craving! There was also, obviously, plenty of Dairy Farmers Thick & Creamy yoghurt to try. It is, as the name suggests, thick and, yes, creamy, and not too sweet – which suits me as I don’t like overly sweet things. It tastes hearty – no low fat artificially sweet watery-ness here – and, my favourite bit, does NOT have any gelatine! It can be really hard to find dairy products here in Australia such as yoghurts, creams and sour cream without gelatine – they like it hoofy here, apparently – so this really is a boon. It also doesn’t have any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives – that’s such a familiar line! – which is of course a good thing too.

TC brunch g TC brunch l TC brunch e There was a great 1963 Datsun – three on the tree – fixed up with a coffee machine on the back, which was pretty cool. To its left, under the stable’s roof, was a smoothie bar, and I tried the berry one with caramelised fig yoghurt. I love figs so this was my favourite, but I really like the Lemon Cream and the Yellow Box Honey ones too.

TC brunch h TC brunch f TC brunch t TC brunch m TC brunch o TC brunch p TC brunch q TC brunch i TC brunch k TC brunch s With Trish at the table. Note to self: better posture when sitting down. Jeeeez.

DFCT k I took photos of beautiful Joyce in the blinding sun – and it’s only early spring!

DFCT j Cintia and Rachel had some very nice looking boards...

DFCT n DFCT p DFCT o After all the feasting some of us did a turn talking to a video camera, hoping we didn’t have yoghurt in our hair and crumbs on our faces.

DFCT b And then it was over, the two hours flying by so fast. We all got to take goody bags home, and as we left I asked if we could take some of the table flowers with us – and yes we could! They looked great in the blue and white stripe vases in the bags.

DFCT c DFCT f DFCT i DFCT g DFCT h As you’d expect, there were lots of yoghurts in the goody bags, and I made a couple of treats with them. Now, you could hardly call these recipes, as it’s just putting things together, and you hardly need a description along with the photos, but it was very, very good.

DFTCrec B Smoothie
Too simple to need explaining, I added my first strawberries and blueberries of the season – so good – to the Raspberry and Coconut yoghurt (the little tub was the perfect amount for this) along with a banana and a splash of milk. Too easy.

DFTCrec D DFTCrec bircher E Bircher muesli
Again, far from taxing, and simply mixing a granola (with dried fig, yum) with some milk, fresh berries, and Lemon Cream yoghurt, and leaving in the fridge overnight to soak. Except I ate half before it got to the fridge. Making Bircher can be hungry work!

DFTCrec bircher C DFTCrec bircher B Now, can we have outdoor brunch like this more often, please? It was SUCH a good start to the weekend! TC brunch j


precious paperdoll said...

What a lovely post! The photos capture the beautiful spring day in gorgeous clarity. How lucky you are to have spent it at such a charming venue! It is so great to hear about the lack of gelatine in the yoghurt I shall keep an eye out at my next gorcery shop.

ravenlocks said...

I love your pictures! You look like you were having fun...and looking very fab :) That peacock is so pretty. It's weird when they fan their tails because sometimes they shake it and make strange noises...LOL!

xo Azu


lauren, curious constellation said...

This looks like the absolute perfect summer breakfast feast!

Jessica Cangiano said...

How enchantingly, wonderfully pretty! These photos - and the day itself - are so warm, inviting and gorgeous! Thank you for taking us along - I shall be smiling to myself as I think of those precious farm critters all day now. :)

♥ Jessica

Natalie_vintage_girl said...

Looks like you had a fun day! this looks like something out of that scene in marie antoinette where they visit her little farm.

Maria @CrashingRed said...

This post makes me to eat all yogurt on Earth! Your photography makes it look irresistible :) xx

Iron Chef Shellie said...

I am IN LOVE with your photos!! Took me right back to the event :)

Vickie said...

Looks like an awesome morning, gorgeous photos :)

Boyer Family Singers said...

Looks like an absolutely beautiful time! Gorgeous photographs, and your outfit is gorgeous (as well as you hair :)


Metine arbata said...

Looks like you had great time :)
Muilo Burbulai

abigailalicex said...

Stunning photos, you look lovely as always!


Rosy said...

All this post is soooooo delicious! Lots of fun and good (and healthy) food .. yay!

Spoonful of Vintage said...

What a lovely event! it is styled so beautifully- how special to have a farmyard in the middle of the city! I'm craving yogurt and berries now!!
xoxo Amie @ Spoonful of Vintage

Joanne said...

Wow! Everything looks delicious! What a lovely morning:)

GracefullyVintage said...

Looks like it was a really fun day with lots of yummy food too! :)

Iolanthe said...

So this is my favorite post EVER! Farmgirl milkmaidy goodness. That looks like one well-thought-out event. xx

The Dainty Dolls House said...

This looks like such an amazing day out!! I love all the animals and best of all the peacock, I love them so much :)) What a beauty!! Gorgeous dress country girl indeed. Amazing post xx

Anonymous said...

Wow,now I have serious dairy envy...Look wonderful.

Heidi in L.A.

Alli said...

Such beautiful photos. And that food and table setting looks amazing!

Carina said...

I have been dreaming of a sunny weekend spent this way-a brunch outdoors perhaps after a session picking fresh berries <3

Thanks for the easy recipes! Now that summer is coming round the corner, I have been concocting many yummy smoothies

xx Carina

Alexandra Marie said...

Alright, it's official, I am borderline obsessed with your blog! I LOVE your style and beautiful photos! Plus, Melbourne is reminding me a lot of So Cal right now! Alex


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