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I love to cook, I've always loved to cook.

As a young girl, my time was spent reading the cookbooks that mum kept in the bottom kitchen drawer. Always looking for a new recipe to try, a new food idea. Many weekends were spent making rainbow cakes with as many colours as possible – have you seen my Instagram, not much has changed, and looking for recipes that I could cook using what was available in the cupboard or from the vegetable garden.

At the aged of about 16, I remember stating that I wanted to leave the farm and travel the world. This would be followed by retiring by about 30 and moving back to South Gippsland to grow vegetables and cook. From 16 fast forward 20 years and I returned, starting Jacican Food Studio in Mirboo North, Gippsland where I grow vegetables and cook. This blog is where I share my food adventure.


Jacican Food Studio in Mirboo North, is holding its annual Fathers Day High Tea from 10am -6pm on Sunday 3rd September 2017.

Dad Gert the car at orbost October 1975lowres

(Pictured is Jaci's Dad and "Gert" his car, in Orbost 1975).

Local Chef, Jaci Hicken, invites you to attend her special afternoon tea for all Gippsland's dads, which includes her special Lemon Meringue Tart and to enjoy the country surrounds and her extensive kitchen garden.


Jaci uses all local Gippsland produce in her menu, this afternoon tea includes fresh seasonable and homemade, gourmet ham, cheese, tomato and green pickles and smoked salmon with cucumber ribbon sandwiches, beef and stout pies, pork and plum sausage rolls, cornish pasties, berry cream domes, black forest cake, moonshine pie, macarons, lemon meringue tarts and homemade scones with jam and cream. She caters for all dietary requirements so no one is left out.

“After you have had high tea with your dad you can also take him around our impressive kitchen garden and the Mirboo North township or the Great Southern Rail Trail, its a great day out up here.” said Jaci.

Jaci also runs a variety of cooking classes at Jacican who would like to perfect their food skills and enjoy time out in a country setting. Classes that are coming up include Lollies for Grown Ups, Macarons, and Winter Preserves. “These classes make a wonderful present for that special dad who loves to cook, especially because they enjoy wonderful food and beverages, make some amazing food to take home, and they don't even have to do the washing up!”

Jacican is also open for High Teas on Sundays, “ Our High Teas are seasonal because we use all local produce from the surrounding area so that our food is guaranteed to be exceptional, fresh and inspired whilst making use of all the great producers and farmers in Gippsland.”

“You can book in on Sundays for our high teas, and even select a birthday cake of your choice with bookings of 5 people or more, as well as being served our delicate finger sandwiches, savory canapes, homemade sweets and scones.”

Jacican also boasts an extensive pantry, with chutneys, relishes, preserves and honey from her kitchen garden and other local producers.

All classes and gift vouchers can be found here at the Jacican website www.jacican.com.au, or calling 03 5668 2475, the cost of Fathers Day High Tea is $36 per person, bookings must be made by contacting Jacican.

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