Adelaide Hills Essential Visitors Guide

Adelaide Hills- The Essential Visitors Guide for getting the most out of your visit day by day.

 

 

 

Chose the day trip itinerarys that appeals to you most and use it to plan your days. Linger Longer and see it all.

We have mapped out, in order ,the easiest routes for a full day trip but you can pick and choose what you do.

Each Day we have explored a different direction of the Hills for you and picked out the ‘must do’ hot spots to save you travel time.

Each Day trip is colour coordinated to make it easy to find and each day consists of a balance of breakfast, lunch and dinner recomendations, wine tasting, activities, nature experiences and coffee stops.

Each icon below will take you to the Google map view to find out essential information such as directions and opening times, bookings.

Or you can request google access to the fully interactional Sticky Rice Map here.

This is your essential guide for getting the very best out of every day in the Hills. Enjoy!

 

  Adelaide Hills Day 1 

 Stirling, Botanic Gardens, Wine and Chocolate

 Dinner tonight is fabulous Japanese cuisine only 5 mins from the Villas

  Yuki in the Hills

 

  Adelaide Hills Day 2 

Cycling, Cheese, Wine and Gin

  Adelaide Hills Day 3

Wine, Cheese, Beer and Guided Tours

 

 

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Adelaide Hills travel guide: One place you must visit in SA

With South Australia’s Premier Steven Marshall announcing the state’s borders will open to the rest of country from next month, it’s time to check out what to see, where to stay and what to do in the state that’s home to the City of Churches.

But if you’re after an escape from city life, there’s really only one place to log into your GPS.

Just 25 minutes out of the Adelaide CBD is the Adelaide Hills where the hardest thing you’ll have to do is decide where to start and what you can fit in, so here’s a beginner’s guide to the region.

Where to start

I always like to start at the top – Mount Lofty Summit.

Here you can see Adelaide stretch out before you – all the way to the coast.

Where to stay

If the thought of combining Zen-like , Balinese or Japanese style accommodation with a cooking classes has you dreaming, try Sticky Rice in Stirling for a unique holiday experience.

Zen Villa At Sticky Rice
Bali Villa Bath at Sticky Rice
Yoko the Japanese inspired Villa at Sticky Rice

Beautiful Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills.

Beautiful Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. Source:istock

For caravan, camping or luxury lakeside cabins, award-winning Hahndorf Resort is the go, offering modern accommodation, plenty of caravan and camping sites and even a restaurant on-site – all within the picturesque township of Hahndorf.

If you’re really wanting to get off-grid, and perhaps share a room with just yourself or your partner, book yourself into tiny homes and getting away from it all. CABN offer a string of tiny off-grid homes, perfect for a wine weekend in the hills.

RELATED: How Australia’s favourite celebrities will be holidaying this year

No trip to the Adelaide Hills is complete without a stop in Hahndorf.

No trip to the Adelaide Hills is complete without a stop in Hahndorf.Source:Supplied

During winter, getting cosy anywhere in front of a fire goes without question. But if you’re wanting to cuddle up to something other than your partner – head to Cleland Wildlife Park or Gorge Wildlife Park to meet some of the cute local koalas.

Where to stroll

The beauty of the Adelaide Hills is the ever changing food and wine scene. But between meals – and trust me, there will be a lot of them – there’s plenty of places to stretch your legs and work off lunch.

Start at Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens, which offers a hillside amble through 97ha of manicured, rare and cool-climate plants. Entry is free as are guided walks every Thursday. You can set the pace with a leisurely walk around the lake or a strenuous hilly hike.

Stay and stroll around the magnificent Mt Lofty House in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia.

Stay and stroll around the magnificent Mt Lofty House in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia.Source:Supplied

If you’re really keen … and I mean really keen … hike from Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty. Past First and Second Falls, there is a 3.9km serious uphill trek to the top. Thankfully, there is coffee at the summit and the views are some of the best in the region.

For something a little less strenuous, Hahndorf offers great walking tours that make for a great jaunt around town. If you’re feeling peckish, try the food and footwork combo with the Strudel and Stroll tour. Learn how to make strudel then, while it’s baking, walk the town with Sharon Pippos learning about its German history along the way.

Coffee anyone?

If you’re a coffee fan, you’re in luck because I haven’t found a bad cup anywhere in the Hills.

For a midmorning hit, drop into Red Cacao in Stirling where it’s all about their award-winning artisan chocolate, coffee and indulgent desserts. When you get to have them all at the same time … bonus!

The one stop you will want to make in Adelaide is to the coffee and chocolate institution, Red Cacao.

The one stop you will want to make in Adelaide is to the coffee and chocolate institution, Red Cacao.Source:Instagram

Big ticks for Woodside Providore, which is open seven days and late on weekends, and if you’re into cold drip coffee – drop into Nairne’s Pallet Cafe, located in one of the friendliest towns in the Hills

Time for a real drink?

Away from the vineyards and cellar doors, each Hills village has its own pub … and they all have something different to offer.

The Hahndorf Inn has the full-on German feast and beer fest. Big platters of roast meat, traditional kranskies, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes with beer tasting paddles. You’ll want to loosen your belt.

A platter at Pike and Joyce winery is the perfect afternoon treat while visiting Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia.

A platter at Pike and Joyce winery is the perfect afternoon treat while visiting Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia.Source:Supplied

Stop at Balhannah Hotel for a pint on the Onkaparinga Scenic Drive between Verdun and Oakbank.

For a modern twist on German heritage, try The Haus in Hahndorf, or if you’re looking for a bit of local heritage – try The Crafers Hotel, which is one of Adelaide’s first pubs (established 1839) and its fridges are full of fun craft beer.

For beer, gin and cider lovers, Lot 100 in Hay Valley ticks multiple boxes in the one stop. Taste five locals in a really cool atmosphere: Hills Cider Co, Mismatch Brewing, Vinteloper, Adelaide Hills Distillery (78 Degrees Gin), and Ashton Valley Fresh “not just juice”.

Lobethal Bierhaus is in the old woollen mill and has the perfect mix of boutique beer and buffalo wings.

Lobethal Bierhaus is in the old woollen mill and has the perfect mix of boutique beer and buffalo wings.Source:Supplied

For a beer that’s “untamed and unfiltered”, saddle up for a rustic, eclectic experience at Prancing Pony in Mt Barker. If you’re after a snack with you schooner, the Lobethal Bierhaus is where it’s at with an award-winning mix of boutique beers and buffalo wings. Say no more.

You can’t go past Unico Zelo Wine and Applewood Distillery in Gumeracha without stopping in for an afternoon drink. All gins are handmade in an old industrial cold store built in the 1920s. Fun and funky.

And while you’re in Gumeracha, don’t forget the kids. You can’t miss (literally) the Big Rocking Horse (thetoyfactory.com.au).

Food glorious food

For the sweet tooth, head to the Paech family’s Beerenberg farm in summer where you can pick your own strawberries. In winter, you won’t be disappointed. Instead of picking fruit from the vine, you’ll be able to stock up on all sorts of chutneys, pickles, sauces and jams made from local produce.

The Hahndorf Inn hotdogs cannot be missed.

The Hahndorf Inn hotdogs cannot be missed.Source:Supplied

You’ll want to loosen your belt in Hahndorf.

You’ll want to loosen your belt in Hahndorf.Source:Supplied

For cheese and chocolate fans, try before you buy at Udder Delights in the main street of Hahndorf and at Kris Lloyd’s Woodside Cheese Wrights where cheesemaking classes, cheese fondues or cheesy high teas are all on the cards.

Right next door to Woodside Cheese Wrights is a family favourite – Melba’s Chocolates.

At certain times of the year, fruit orchards around the Adelaide Hills offer DIY picking Picture: Ian Routledge, South Australian Tourism Commission

At certain times of the year, fruit orchards around the Adelaide Hills offer DIY picking Picture: Ian Routledge, South Australian Tourism CommissionSource:Supplied

Melba’s is a working chocolate and confectionary factory and hidden among the shelves and shelves of delicious things to buy, are free samples. It’s also where you’ll find the best hot chocolate made from the dark, milk and white chocolate on tap.

The ultimate wine trail

It’s why you’ve come to the Hills. If you’re a fan of sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, cool-climate shiraz, gruner veltliner, bone-dry rieslings and some of the best sparklings you will find – you’ve come to the right part of Australia.

With more than 90 wine labels and 50 cellar doors in this cool-climate region, the choice is hard, but here are a few favourites that are now open and are perfect stops during the wintry weather.

Stop in at Pike & Joyce winery in Lenswood, South Australia

Stop in at Pike & Joyce winery in Lenswood, South AustraliaSource:Supplied

Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard – all vines are hand-pruned and grapes are hand-picked at this winery, and the attention to detail shows in every bottle. Tastings are served in a rustic setting among steep sloping vines and stunning panoramic views across the Hills. Oh, and did I mention there’s an open log fireplace?

The Adelaide Hills will be open for domestic travel from July 20. Picture: Isaac Forman, Serio

The Adelaide Hills will be open for domestic travel from July 20. Picture: Isaac Forman, SerioSource:Supplied

Hahndorf Hill Winery is famous for gruner veltliner labels and the delightful Choco Vino – chocolate and wine pairing. So this spot for me is a match made in heaven.

Stop in at Longview Vineyard which sits among 65ha of rolling hills, vines and sweeping views just outside Macclesfield. Reminiscent of classic, old-world estates but with modern style, it is one of the most awarded wine producers in the region.

Other highlights to mention include Golding Wines, Anderson Hill, Karrawatta, Tapanappa, Pike & Joyce Wines and Petaluma.

 

Original written by Carolyne Jasinski

news.com.auJune 18, 20208:10am

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7 Ways to Support Your Local Businesses During COVID-19

Everyone is struggling in their own way during this pandemic, and its important that we all band together and support each other during this tough time. We are blessed with such a versatile and unique range of business’ here in South Australia, and we should support these small business’ to keep afloat despite the many roadblocks they’ve faced.

So here are 7 ideas of how to support your local business’ – one for each day of the week!

Lot 100

A hidden gem of the Adelaide Hills, Lot 100 in Hay Valley offers some of the region’s best food, wine, spirits, beer and ciders. Spend a lazy afternoon sipping on a chilled cider while biting into a crisp margherita pizza while the sun goes down… and you can take Lot 100 home with you. They have an array of DIY boxes to make pizza, pasta, breakfast or cheese platters galore! And they even cater for four – so the whole family will be happy.

 

Lot 100 Adelaide Hills

Get a coffee at your favourite café

I’m sure we all have our go-to coffee shop, where the barista knows your order and gives you extra chocolate powder on your cappuccino – right? Well lucky for us, we have so many options to chose from in Stirling for dine in and hot drinks takeaway. So what are you waiting for? Go and treat yourself to a coffee from those familiar faces, I’m sure you’ll bring them as much happiness as their smooth latte brings you.

Red Cacao Stirling

Treat yourself to a takeaway dinner

I’m sure I’m not the only one that dreads having to think about and create some fantastic meal after a long day studying or working. And I’m hoping I’m not the only one who has resorted to Vegemite toast for dinner once… or twice. But there is no need for such misery! So many local restaurants have adapted quickly and are offering their prized meals for takeaway. So this week, if you finish a long day, and just cant be bothered, call up your local and treat yourself to your favourite Pad Thai, or Massaman Curry.

Buy a bottle from your favourite SA Winery

There is no better way to kick your heels up at the end of a long week of working at home than cracking open a new bottle of Shiraz, or Sauvignon Blanc, or Riesling, or Cabernet Sauvignon… okay you get the picture. Living in SA we are spoilt for choice of incredible wine to suit any tastes. So don’t waste this gift, and go buy a bottle of SA wine from your local bottle-O. Expand your repertoire and ask for the staff recommendation – you never know, it might be your new favourite.

Hahndorf Hill Winery

Shop Online

Even though many businesses may no longer be offering face-to-face shopping experiences, their innovation and technological prowess has prompted them to go online! This means you still get your favourite goods in a socially-safe way. Beerenberg Farm is offering contactless pick-up for online shoppers, local SA artists are such as the Tit Club are offering at home packages so you can get your art on in the comfort of your own space. So get clicking – and buy local!

 

Beerenberg Farm produce

Go to your local butcher, fruit and veg shop, fish shop or bakery

Support your local small businesses by trying to shop for your groceries at specialised shops. We are extremely lucky in Adelaide to still have numerous butchers, fishmongers and fruit and vegetable stores open, so support them by buying up big there! Head to the Hahndorf Fruit Barn – it has an exquisite range of mainstream and exotic fruit and vegetables, smallgoods and delicious fresh bread daily. Or try the Octopus’ Garden sells a vast array of seasonal fresh fish and seafood to cater to any taste.

Book ahead!

Many businesses have had to shut down due to social-distancing measures – but that doesn’t mean they’ll be gone forever! Give them a helping hand during this hard time by booking ahead, to give them the future confidence in their grand re-openings. Or buy vouchers for local shops, restaurants or activities – it can be a treat for you to spend after getting through COVID-19! At sticky rice, we have published all our classes fro the rest of 2020, so you have plenty of options to choose for the future.

https://www.stickyricecookingschool.com.au/school#scroll_to_booking

Sticky Rice Classes back on 13th June- Calendar now live for 2020


Sticky Rice Staff forage for Porcini mushrooms

After a cold and rainy night in the Adelaide Hills, an exciting discovery is waiting for you.

That’s right, mushrooms. Specifically- Porcini mushrooms.

If you don’t know what they are, Porcinis are brown capped mushrooms with thick and white stalks. Their distinctive size, shape and smooth texture makes it the perfect ingredient to your dish.

While they are delicious, they are expensive. A kilo of porcini mushrooms can sell for approximately $120 a kilo. But why spend that much money, when foraging for them is free?

There is something innocent and care-free about foraging for mushrooms.  Foraging is a great activity to do with the kids if you want to get them out of the house. It’s a simple past time that is often overlooked.

My two co-workers and I managed to find 10 porcini mushrooms in just one area of the woods. None of us had foraged before (so believe me, you don’t have to be an expert to do it).

Emily, Daniel and Orla from Sticky Rice Cooking School

That being said, if you’ve never foraged before, it’s best to go with someone who is knowledgeable about mushrooms. While porcinis are very unique, the last thing you want to do is to pick a mushroom that is poisonous. We were fortunate to have Emily as our mushroom guru, but if you don’t know someone who is a porcini expert, the internet is a great tool for retrieving more information.

So, take a drive up to the Adelaide Hills after a crisp, wet day with the family and go wandering amongst the beautiful autumnal trees. While you take in the beautiful and vibrant colours, take a closer look at the earth. Search for the hidden mounds of dirt and be careful where you step.

When you find your porcinis, drive home, kick off your shoes and start cooking up a beautiful dish. I can assure you; it will be a memorable one. Afterall, nothing beats fresh and local produce that you pick yourself.  If you need inspiration for a mushroom dish, we have one here just for you. Happy foraging.

Here is a link if you want to find more information about Porcini: https://untamedfeast.com/porcini-mushrooms/


Mushroom and goats cheese tarts

Ingredients

1 kg mushrooms-sliced

¼ cup olive oil

2 onions small dice

2 cloves garlic

250ml white wine

Salt and pepper to taste

200ml thickened cream

1 bunch thyme chopped

Frozen puff pastry- slightly defrosted for use.

Goats cheese

 

Method

Sauté off onions and garlic in olive oil.

 

Add mushrooms and cook till liquid dries up-optional porcini at this time too- but not the liquid.

 

Add wine reduce till almost gone.

 

Add cream and thyme, and-to taste a little of the porcini liquid.

 

Bring to boil reduce slightly, season with salt and pepper- remove from heat and cool before use.

 

Cut rounds of puff pastry to line individual tart tins, fill with cooled mushroom mixture and crumble goats’ cheese on top.

 

Bake 200oC till golden brown, serve with onion relish and rocket salad.

 


Home Cooking Classes from Sticky Rice Cooking School

Lately we have all had to quickly adapt to a changing society. Things have been strange, our work, home and social lives all up in the air!

Like you, we have also had to adapt to these interesting times, so while we can no longer see your lovely faces in our usual in person cooking classes, you can still cook with us and learn new skills with our new online classes!

Skill up a level

Posted by Sticky Rice Cooking School on Monday, 27 April 2020

With Class #1 on its roll for the third week and our very new Class #2 starting this week, we’re right in the swing of things. Class #1 includes a delicious array of pad Thai, steamed dumplings with soy chilli dipping sauce, and our incredible green curry. We’ve even had requests for deliveries interstate and comments wishing that international shipping was possible!

 

Class #2 is Aromatic sweet braised pork, Golden eggs nets with prawns, fresh herbs and cucumber pickle and the gorgeous Flower dumplings with coconut, lime and chili sauce that we can’t wait to see you create!

We have been so impressed with all of the comments and photos that we have received of your dishes  so far. Also absolutely heart-warming, have been stories of the whole family getting together in the kitchen to cook, as Merrilyn Kerry and Katie Cook have shared with us;

“We had a great time. Two nights cooking with my son and one with my husband, delicious leftovers for work too.” – Merrilyn Kerry

“I told my 8 year old daughter that we would be doing this together this weekend. She was so excited – thank you ” – Katie Cook

If you tuned into Channel 7 last week you might have caught Sticky Rice on the news! It was a pleasure to welcome the Channel 7 crew into our kitchen and to share our experiences in adapting to the changing circumstances that we are going through currently as well as share our new online cooking classes with even more people.

Interview and filming about our new online classes . Watch channel 7 tonight 4pm and 6 pm ? you can view classes for free online https://www.stickyricecookingschool.com.au/shop

Posted by Sticky Rice Cooking School on Wednesday, 22 April 2020

 

If you haven’t checked out our online cooking classes yet they’re free to watch on our YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/StickyRiceCooking and come highly recommended by those that have already done the class:

We ordered the at home cooking class one pack, it provided all of the ingredients for dumplings, pad Thai and green curry. The ordering and pick up process was so easy, very organised. The pack included fresh, great quality, authentic ingredients. Everything you need, you just have to add your protein of choice. The online videos of the recipes were great, lots of great tips and stepped through the process as if you were there doing it with them. All three recipes turned out beautifully! Such a great idea to be able to cook something different at home! Thoroughly enjoyed and will definitely make all of the recipes again. Now to perfect our own curry paste as it was delicious! Thank you!

You can avoid the stress of the supermarkets and no need to navigate around or demystify those jars and bottles in the Asian supermarkets. Simply purchase the complete class pack- everything you need is in the bag for you, including market fresh produce. You just chose your favourite protein from home.

You can pick up your orders from us in the hills or we are offering FREE deliver up to 15km radius.

It’s three deliciously impressive meals,

a new level of skill in the kitchen

and serious bragging rights that you cooked them.

https://www.stickyricecookingschool.com.au/shop

For those that live too far away, like the UK, you can do your own shopping and just order the recipes instead. You still get to watch the classes for FREE.

We hope you love the classes and the recipes and don’t forget to share any photos of your meals – we’d love to see your creations!

 


6 Ingredients in your pantry that will save you up to $100 per day.

In our FREE Cooking Class #1

6 Ingredients in your pantry that will save you up to $100 per day.

Are you coming to the realisation that takeaway food might become a bigger part of your life in the next few months?

Pad Thai Results from Sticky Rice Cooking School Online Class #1 Free to view

Like many things at the moment the enjoyment of eating out in restaurants is not currently within reach and at the same time takeaway seems to be the new ‘IT’ word.

But many of us are worried that money is tight and our budgets for luxury items has been severely reduced, so what do we do?

The good news is, that if you are a fan of Thai Takeaway, you may already have 6 key items in your pantry that could save you up to $100 per night.

By next week you could learn to cook 3 favourite dishes with ease. Without leaving home!

Recipe 1. Pad Thai Noodles.
Recipe 2. Steamed Dumplings and soy chilli dipping sauce.
Recipe 3. Thai Green Curry.

We are offering Free online cooking class tutorials with our best Thai recipes

and we are packaging everything you need to cook them at home into a recipe bag.

Read on for more about these ingredients…. or get straight to it here..

You can have a ready to hand pantry of the most needed ingredients plus all those hard to find fresh ingredients all in the boot of your car in seconds.  No shopping list to execute or Asian markets to navigate.

An average Thai Takeaway will cost a family of 4 at least $100- that’s a couple of starters to share and 3 main meals with rice. And that’s assuming the family agrees to share! Multiple that by 6 months and that’s a lot of money.

But what if we demystify those favourite dishes that you are ordering…I’m going to guess at a few as an example.

  • Pad Thai
  • Green Curry
  • Dumplings
  • Cashew Chicken
  • Basil Chicken
  • Laarb
  • Satays
Green Curry Results from Sticky Rice Cooking School online classes. Free view.

Green Curry Results from Sticky Rice Cooking School online classes. Free to view.

Pre order online and you will receive the twin pack of everything you need to learn,cook,impress,dine and repeat!

Every thing you need to know to pre-order your recipe packs here

If you want to learn more? View our free online cooking classes on our Sticky Rice Cooking School You Tube channel. View classes for free and see our easy to do at home options.…………

Here is the list of 6 key sauce ingredients used in each of those dishes and why you should have them in your pantry.

  1. Fish Sauce
  2. Soy Sauce
  3. Oyster Sauce
  4. Palm Sugar
  5. Chilli Jam ( or chilli paste in soy bean oil)
  6. Rice Wine vinegar

In varying degrees of quantity and combination (and that is the key by the way) the seasoning flavours of Thai dishes are derived from 4 main tastes. Spicy, Salty, Sweet, Sour.

Each taste plays a crucial part in the overall flavour which we experience.

Our ability to sense these categories comes from receptors on our taste buds. These tiny sensory organs appear mostly on the tongue, the roof of the mouth and in the back of the throat.

But the key to finding a mouthful of food flavoursome and delicious, is the balancing of these taste categories. A dish might be overall a sweeter dish such as Cashew Chicken, or sour and fresh like Laarb, but the saltiness and chilli also has to be there to balance it out and highlight the complexity of flavour. It’s like tasting in 3D not 2D.

Thai food in particular delivers this 3D flavour with ease and hence it is up there as one of the most sought after cuisines on the planet and has sustained its popularity as a takeaway food despite the myriad of other food fads and emerging food trends coming into the market space.

If you are a Thai food fan, then it’s about time you knew the secret of how those favourite dishes are created and it comes down to a few essential categories of  ingredients and some basic cooking techniques.

  1. Sweet, Salty, Spice, Sour- you have to pay attention to the balancing of any sauces which you add to your dish. These flavours come from the 6 top ingredients which I have listed. Fish Sauce, Soy Sauce, Oyster Sauce, Palm Sugar, Chilli Jam and Rice Wine vinegar. You should have these in your pantry if you are going to cook Thai food but make sure you buy quality brands as the saltiness and flavour quality can drastically change your recipe.

Megachef Fish Sauce buy in Bang Phli

  1. Fresh Herbs. You need to have freshness to your dish so Thai food uses herbs such as Thai Basil, Kaffir Lime Leaf, Lemongrass, Mint, Coriander and Pandan.

Health Benefits of Kaffir Lime Leaf Powder

  1. Spice and Aromatics. The background to delicious Thai dishes usually comes from ingredients such as Garlic, Ginger, Galangal, Asian Shallots and Onions, Turmeric, Krachai. Cumin, White pepper and Chilli.

Can You Freeze Galangal? - The Best Way - Foods Guy

  1. The sourness and tang in a dish usually comes from fresh limes and lemons, tamarind and vinegars.

Cooking with Tamarind - The Epicentre

Despite getting so much flavour bang for your buck in Thai cuisine, Thai recipes are actually really simple.

Most dishes will take less than 30 mins to get to the table and yet a lot of us are still mystified or intimidated by the thought of cooking these dishes and falsely believe they won’t taste the same if we make them ourselves.

By next week you could learn to cook 3 of those dishes with ease. Without leaving home!

You can have a ready to hand pantry of the most needed ingredients plus all those hard to find fresh ingredients all in the boot of your car in seconds.  No shopping list to execute or Asian markets to navigate.

  • Private cooking class learning via our You Tube channel.
  • No shopping required. Its all in the bag.
  • Kids and adults alike will love learning these Sticky Rice Class recipes at home.
  • All those hard to find Asian ingredients will instantly be in your pantry.
  • You can cook the recipes at a time to suit you and you will have enough pantry supplies to reuse the recipes again and again.
  • Each cooking class bag contains ingredients for 3 recipes which means 3 family sized meals are covered for the week. Even better, challenge the kids or family members to make one each, Masterchef style!
  • Using our iconic Sticky Rice Cooking School recipes, plus our new on-line cooking class presentations we are supplying and delivering everything you need.

Recipe 1. Pad Thai Noodles.
Recipe 2. Steamed Dumplings and soy chilli dipping sauce.
Recipe 3. Thai Green Curry.

Pre order online and you will receive the twin pack of everything you need to learn,cook,impress,dine and repeat!

If you want to learn more? View our free online cooking classes on our Sticky Rice Cooking School You Tube channel. https://www.youtube.com/StickyRiceCooking………….

We have been the leading cooking school in Adelaide for the last 12 years and with a little free help from us on line, plus our tried and testing recipes, the next 6 months could see you surprising yourself and impressing your friends.

  • Save yourself 100s of dollars on takeaway,
  • Have much more control over the quality and freshness of what you are eating.
  • Eliminate all the unnecessary fat that you are ingesting in takeaway food.
  • Get the kids involved and skill up at home.

Bragging rights will be all yours but we would love to know how you get on and see some pics.

First up in cooking class #1 we will be teaching you to cook Pad Thai, Steamed Dumplings and Green Curry and we have accompanying fresh ingredients/pantry packs and recipes available to pre order and pick up from the Sticky Rice Cooking School if you want to give it a go.

Steamed Dumplings Results from Sticky Rice Cooking School Cooking Class #1 Free for you online
Steamed dumplings Results from Sticky Rice Cooking School Cooking Class #1 Free for you online

Every thing you need to know and pre-order your recipe packs here

In view of COVID-19 we are doing a no contact ( pre-order) drive through pick up. Tell us what time you are coming and pop the boot. We will bring the produce bags out to you.

96 Old Mount Barker Road. Stirling Adelaide Hills.

All our produce is supplied fresh from the market and is chef’s quality.

Call us 8339 1314 if you are stuck and need home delivery.


Stays in our Luxury Villas

Our Asian inspired, award winning accommodation is situated in picturesque Stirling, Adelaide Hills.

There are 3 private villas to choose from . Yoko, Bali, Zen each with walled courtyards and private garden spaces.

Yoko Self contained private villa with Japanese Gardens
Balinese stone bath with garden views
So Zen
So Balinese
Yoko bedroom
Bali Bedroom
Yoko Bath with a view

Floor to ceiling glass

Top of the range kitchens

Spacious open plan living
underfloor heating
Japanese Tea house
Meditation space
Giant sliding doors
Bali Hut
Private chef for dining available

Award winning architecture
Zen’s slipper bath in the bedroom
Luxury fittings

Self contained private villa with Japanese Gardens

 

Giant timber daybed

 

Balinese bathroom

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Red Cacao Chocolate Cafe Adelaide Hills

When I was a kid growing up in Scotland there was this tiny little shop in the village called ‘The Chocolate Box’ and my memory of that place is a clear today as it was when I was 5.
Nestled down a cute side street in Stirling is Red Cacao, a place where similar sweet memories are being made today and day after day.

This place is your journey to chocolate discovery and a journey that may never end once you have tasted their salted caramel!

Its a hip, boutique, artisan chocolate shop in the heart of the Adelaide Hills where you can discover the exquisite flavours of high quality chocolate, in particular single origin chocolates. Row upon row of unique and inspiring chocolate bars and truffles line the display counters and the sheer quantity of choice is staggering.

Its a buzzing cafe for coffee lovers, its a haven for cake and dessert lovers and its a Mecca for chocolate lovers. Belgian chocolate drinks are a specialty here served hot or iced, the Aztec Hot Chocolate being a tantalising blend of rich dark chocolate, heart-warming cinnamon and a tickle of chilli.

And chocolate is not reserved for afternoons here. No no no. There are indulgent chocolate breakfast waffles on the menu and every Friday night Red Cacao Dessert Bar comes alive serving up stunning and sensationally plated desserts by candle light.

The dessert menu is a highlight of owner Marcus’s passion, and was the inspiration for our dessert bar classes which he taught on a Tuesday night at Sticky Rice Cooking School

Red Cacao have rarely been out of the media limelight since opening in 2013 and have been awarded a string of accolades including Best Dessert Bar two years running and that’s because there is nothing even close to being as good as what these guys deliver.

Its an absolute must do on your itinerary when visiting the Adelaide Hills and is only 3 mins from Sticky Rice Villas if you are staying with us.

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Local restaurants to Villas in the Adelaide Hills

The term “locavore” was first coined in 2005 by chef, author and local food activist, Jessica Prentice. The word is used to describe conscious foodies who choose to eat and shop foods that have been grown or farmed locally and haven’t endured long distance transportation to where the food is being sold or prepared, usually within 160km ( 100 miles) of its point of purchase.

By purchasing food that has been produced locally, you’re supporting your local community, helping local farmers and producers to thrive and stay in business.
When you purchase your fruit and vegetables from local growers or farmers markets, you are purchasing produce that is seasonal. Your cooking will be more diverse throughout the year and be more dependent on what produce comes into season.

Enter stage left… Locavore Adelaide Hills , our very own Locavore wine bar and restaurant that does not seem to find this 100 mile radius or conscientious ethos limiting in any way. With this sort of menu you certainly have my attention!

Thai style smoked duck salad with our homemade chilli/ginger dressing.

Fresh Port Lincoln sardines with a citrus and caper salad.

Oyster mushroom & Tofu Laksa w Bok-choy, coriander, fresh chilli.

Barossa free range Berkshire pork belly w Wilted Asian greens, soy & ginger glaze.

House made Lamb & goats curd Ravioli with fresh house made pasta.

Under new managements since 2006 with family duo Rosanne ( front of house) and husband Chef Connor now in the driving seat, you can join them for the best seats in Stirling when the Tour Down Under comes through town. Here’s a hint…book now or be disappointed.

Situated on the main street of Stirling, only 5 mins from Sticky Rice Cooking School,the place has a funky wine bar feel with expansive bifold windows opening the place up to the street and lush green plants hanging from the lofty ceilings. They can take care of your catering needs and also have an indoor mezzanine available for private functions and group bookings.

There is a lot of wine available within a 100 mile radius of Stirling let me tell you, so on the events calendar at Locovore you will find special wine matching dinner dates where they invite Adelaide Hills winemakers to inspire the menu. Think pulled duck with hand rolled gnocchi, a sous vide kangaroo fillet with a quandong and shiraz jus. Yes please.

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