Jacican's Story

Jacican is your bespoke food experience, a place to learn, share and eat. Join me from 9am - 5pm Friday, Saturday or Sundays for lunch or high tea.

Jacican can host your small private dinner, family get together or work function. I can also tailor make a private class, meal or corporate training event to you or your organisations needs.

Adult cooking classes will take your cooking to the next level. Whether it’s the secret of the perfect macaron, cream torte or even handmade lollies, I can be your guide. I’ll even teach your littlies during my school holiday Kids in the Kitchen classes.

Jacican is in a small country town called Mirboo North, in South Gippsland, about 2 hours drive East of Melbourne. We have a variety of shops and other small businesses you would expect to find in a town this size - butcher, baker and most likely a candle stick maker.

There is a small independent supermarket, where a chef can get most of the things she needs, when getting in the car is out of the question. It's half-an-hour's drive to a major supermarket, green grocer or wholesaler, making it at least an hour's round trip if there is something that you really, really really need. This is leading to me needing to plant a more diverse range of food plants, so I have what I need in the garden. If I can't grow it and I need a quality product, I have to turn to the internet and have the specialty goods to be delivered straight to my door.

The list for the garden so far is ...

Lemon grass, kaffir lime, turmeric, curry plant, Indian bay, mint - Vietnamese & common, more thyme & lemon thyme, yacon, some rhubarb and maybe a pistachio tree.

Each month I focus a meal on a theme or an ingredient - last month it was wild game, this month it was curry, next month it's fun food for Dad's. And I'm a stickla for using the correct herb and spice to re-create a dish.

This is how I found myself needing to turn to Herbie's Spice for a direct to the mail-box order. I can order on Monday and the spices are in the mail-box by Thursday, giving me enough time for a weekend meal.

Open since 1997, Herbie is the nickname of Ian Hemphill, one of Australia's foremost herb and spice experts. His business, Herbie's, run with his wife Liz and daughter Kate, is based in Rozelle has one of the best ranges of herbs and spice you can find anywhere. So when I'm sitting in the studio trying to think of what I need to find for the next food adventure, it is one place I turn to find everything that I need. Pictured is my order from the Curry in a un-Hurry dinner.

A selection of Herbies spices at Jacican

If I order on Monday I know I'll have what I need here in Mirboo North on Thursday and since Thursday is prep day here, that is ideal. Although it would be nice if I could order some things in larger quantities.

source: http://www.herbies.com.au/about-us/

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