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Kas in the kitchen with Ben.
Kas in the kitchen with Ben.
Ben learns a trick or two.
Now it's time to eat.

Kas' Kitchen

Thursday, June 14, 2001
Ben gets the taste of country cooking and whips up a storm!

When Kas Gerathy got married, she could not cook. Having to feed a family, as well as trips to cooking schools in France, Tuscany and Umbria all went towards the success she is enjoying today.

Wondering what to do when the children left the nest, and considering there were no cooking schools in her area, she opened a country house which offers bed and breakfast and a cooking school.

"Serengeritty", which was the family holiday home, is on 40 hectares with a state forest on one side and the Nepean River on the other. There are two hectares on the property dedicated to growing fruit and nuts for home use, including one hectare of pecan trees.

The house is quite large, with two kitchens, dining room and a living room with high cathedral ceilings. The maximum number for a weekend group is eight and the minimum four. Her classes are for everyone — men, women, beginners or experienced cooks.

When you arrive on Friday evening, there will be time to settle in before having a cocktail and dinner prepared by Kas. On Saturday, you will have a casual buffet breakfast and the rest of the morning is for you to enjoy at leisure. Lunch is served at 1pm, and at 3pm everyone gathers in the kitchen to create dinner. This is done accompanied by a glass of champagne, wine or juice.

Sunday begins pretty much the same way, with a relaxed buffet breakfast then into the kitchen to create a wonderful lunch.

Classes last around two hours and are held in a preparation kitchen which has a large commercial stove, two ovens and a big preparation table. You usually sit around the table with Kas, and, over a glass of wine, go through the recipes and discuss what you are going to do.

You will cook in pairs and, rather than demonstrate the whole recipe at the beginning, Kas prefers to give advice and assistance as the class goes along. It's very much hands-on.

Accommodation consists of three twin rooms and one king-size room. There are also fold-out lounges in the large family-oriented bunk room.

There is plenty to do at Kas' place — you can swim and fish in the Nepean River, and there is a small, sandy beach nearby. You need to take your own fishing gear. There is a full-size tennis court, but again you need to take your own gear. You can play pool, have a sauna or soak in the outdoor cedar hot tub. You can canoe on the river, go bushwalking or enjoy the orchard and herb garden.

Kas' place is in the historic Macarthur district, which includes the country towns of Picton and Camden, Campbelltown and Liverpool, and it is easy to see why the rolling green countryside was so suitable for wheat, wool and cattle farming. It also suits various other types of agriculture, including wine grapes.

You can visit the Thirlmere Railway Museum, Scharer's Little Brewery, museums and a variety of gardens in the area.

Location

Camden, a one-hour drive south-west of Sydney.

Cost

Kas' Country Kitchen weekend cooking schools, including two nights' accommodation, drinks, wine, cooking and meals, cost $440 per person, twin share. Courses run from March to June, and September to December. They are open year-round as a B&B.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Kas' Country Kitchen
409 McKee Road, Theresa Park, NSW
Ph/fax: (02) 9664 7041
Mobile: 0419 238 059

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