The Long and Winding Road

wauchope train: Not my train to Wauchope

Today I’ll be catching a train to Wauchope (pronounced war-hope). It’s a seven-hour train journey from Sydney, due North.

The tourist blurb says:

“On the Hastings River about 19km due west of Port Macquarie on NSW’s central coastline, Wauchope is surrounded by Australia’s most extensive stands of blackbutt forest and is best known for the nearby Timbertown theme park.

Designed around the timber industry which first put Wauchope on the map, Timbertown demonstrates wood-cutting and milling and has a working bullock team, smithy and steam train, along with a big exhibition hall.

Close by are the Broken Bago and Bellangry State Forests, the latter renowned for its abundance of hardwood trees.”

I won’t be doing any thing vaguely tourist-like, as you’ve guessed. I’m on a cooking mission. Our menu, repeated on both days this weekend for 2 full classes:

“The Global Vegetarian II”

Marathi Quick-and-Easy Coconut Cream-infused Spinach Soup (Palak Saar)
Iranian Saffron-scented Spicy Rice with Saffron (Pollou)
Malaysian Vegetable-stuffed Flaky Curry Puffs
Succulent & Spicy Eggplant Pickles
Seared Chili Panir Steaks with Sweet Potato Mash & Rocket Salad
Lemon-infused Dubai-style Salad of Fresh Dates, Toasted Turkish Bread, Almonds, Bitter Greens, Fresh Herbs & Feta
Juicy Milk Fudge Balls in Cardamom, Star Anise, Cassia & Rose-scented Syrup (Gulab Jamuns)

Posted by Kurma on 27/6/08; 6:20:52 AM

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