A Meredith Sweetpea Visit to Glenfiddich Farm Cookery School


meredith-sweetpea-chef-olwen-woodier-glenfiddich-cookery-school-virginiaFood is certainly one of the joys of life, and what better way to enjoy food than to learn from a professional. Miss Meredith Sweetpea had the pleasure of attending a cooking class at the Glenfiddich Farm Cookery School this past week. Located on a lovely acreage in Loudoun County, Virginia are the gardens from which chef Olwen Woodier selects her fresh produce for the menus she so lovingly prepares. The gardens are filled with vegetables, fruits and herbs to delight any palate.

The Glenfiddich Farm Cookery School was started in February 2005 in a stone-walled 1840s home that was formerly a dairy. The rustic elements of exposed beams and stone only add to the allure of the large, modern kitchen where Olwen conducts her classes many a Wednesday morning. The farm was originally called Gobblers Knob after the multitude of resident wild turkeys, then later was renamed Glenfiddich Farm (Celtic for “Valley of the Deer”) to celebrate the many local deer.

meredith-sweetpea-Glenfiddich-Cookery-Class-mealThis day, I, along with 3 other ladies, prepared a feast consisting of:

  • Potato spinach gnocchi with prosciutto, parsley and parmesan
  • Cucumber tomato gazpacho
  • Sauteed shrimp
  • Eggplant tomato caprese salad with red pepper basil pesto
  • Strawberry fool with homemade waffle cone accompaniments

It was quite the treat to gather the fresh herbs from the garden, and tour through the maze of plantings in Olwen’s backyard. The beautiful landscaping was accented throughout by flowers, birdhouses and sculptures to form a refreshing retreat. And there were baskets of fresh produce and eggs awaiting us in the kitchen. Olwen makes it a point to cook organically whenever possible, so freshness was abundant.

Each month, Glenfiddich features different menus, based around what is in season, and special classes can be held by request.

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Order Olwen’s cookbooks!

Olwen Woodier is also a cookbook author, with award-winning cookbooks including:

Prior to running the Cookery, Olwen was a publicist and journalist, with hundreds of articles featured in national and regional magazines and newspapers including Woman’s Day, Gourmet, Family Circle, National Geographic Traveler and The New York Times.

If you are ever visiting Virginia and want a real taste of our Commonwealth, plan to take a cooking class at the Glenfiddich Farm.meredith-sweetpea-Glenfiddich-Farm-VA

Order Olwen Woodier’s Cookbooks for Yourself!

–Photography by Linda Barrett

 

 

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