The inspiration for this year’s lunch was Damien Pignolet, one of Sydney’s scene setting chefs – who brought us great restaurants like Claude’s in Oxford St, Paddington and Bistro Moncur in Woollahra. The recipe – his classic Roast Tarragon Chicken featured in his cookbook – French. Simplicity is the word here – cold roast chicken cooked the previous day – an organic chicken with a glorious combination of fresh tarragon, french butter and garlic stuffed delicately under the breast skin.
Accompanied by mixed leaves,ruby ripe tomatoes and perfect avocado, with a bottle of Dom Perignon vintage 2002, several bottles of water, Pearfect for this warm summer’s day, a great lunch for a small group of friends at Vaucluse house gardens.
Vaucluse House is one of the original historic houses in Sydney – Charles Wentworth, one of the colony’s early statesmen started building the Gothic Revival inspired house in 1805 – it was finished in the 1860’s. Today, the house, the gardens and grounds feel like the perfect escape to the country, with a great beach opposite, Yet you are still close to the city. If you fancy a swim like we did after our lunch, just cross the road to Vaucluse beach, and not too far to Neilsen Park beach as well for a swim and back to dry off on the grass in front of Vaucluse house.
The best start to 2012 was had by all at sydneycool.