Aga Cookery & Craft Workshops

We are hosting a Creative Canapes Masterclass as well as a Floral Wreath Workshop for our 2018 Christmas events. Please contact us to reserve your space.

We like to share our passion for food through our popular cookery demonstrations using our cherry red Aga. We've had many wonderful speakers over the years. Our programme also includes craft workshops from time to time.

As usual, we are running a festive cookery demonstration at Carfraemill to give you some recipe inspiration when entertaining a crowd over Christmas. This year, it's going to be a canapés masterclass. We are also running a floral wreath workshop. The details are as follows. To reserve your space at either event (or both!) simply reply to this email or call Susan or Jo on 01578750750.

Floral Wreath Making: Monday 3rd December

The wonderful Emma Macdonald of Stems, the Scottish Flower Co, in Peebles will be hosting a Christmas wreath making workshop. Select your own natural greenery, add some beautiful blooms and decorations, to create a natural Christmas wreath to take home. The workshop is designed for complete beginners as well as those a little more green fingered. The event promises to be a relaxed and fun way to start the festive season.

Price: £45 per person including all materials and a 2-course lunch.

Details: Arrive 10.30am for coffee & mince pies and the wreath making workshop at 11am. Lunch follows at 1pm.

Canapés Masterclass: Tuesday 4th December

Suzie Walker is running a Creative Canapés Masterclass to give you lots of inspiration for Christmas entertaining. Suzie has been catering for all kinds of events in the Scottish Borders for many years at Clint Lodge. She is a real canapés specialist and makes the most wonderful combinations. She'll be demonstrating lots of recipes including gluten-free beetroot blinis with hot smoked salmon and mini rosti with pea puree and smoked haddock.Suzie will show you lots of tips and tricks throughout the demonstration as well as give you the full recipes to take away. Afterwards, you'll get to sample all of the canapés as a starter to your lunch.

Price: £45 including 3 course lunch of canapés, festive main and dessert.

Details: Arrive 10.30am for coffee & mince pies at Creative Canapés Masterclass at 11am. Lunch follows at 1pm.

Festive lunch menu (included)

Both events include tea, coffee & mince pies on arrival as well as lunch with a choice of festive main and pudding. The canapés masterclass also includes a starter of all of the wonderful creations which Suzie has made for us. Please note we are able to cater for dietary requirements - most dishes are gluten free or have a gluten free version available.


Roast turkey with chipolatas, sage and onion stuffing, cranberry sauce, roasted potatoes, roasted root veg, seasonal greens

Local estate venison casserole with orange and juniper, celeriac mash, winter vegetables

Cauliflower, root vegetable and chard korma, onion and carrot bhaji, lemon pickle and rice

Minute steak, baby onions, crispy bacon, red wine sauce, skinny fries, seasonal greens

Hake fillet, smoky butter beans and harissa mayo


Carfraemill Christmas pudding with homemade brandy sauce

Chocolate amaretto cheesecake with Lucy’s Amaretto ice cream

Cranberry, orange and apple crumble with orange sorbet or custard or cream

Lemon posset, tayberry coulis, mini Carfraemill shortbread

Gluten Free and Vegan meringues available as alternative with fruits

Artisan Cheese, plum and apple chutney, our own oatcakes

Our Usual Format (2019 dates tbc)

10.30am: Arrive for coffee and shortbread (or mince pies for Christmas!)

11am: Demonstration / workshop starts - recipes (for cookery dems), tips and ideas as well as a lot of laughs. We keep things informal and love to take questions throughout our demonstrations.

1pm: Lunch, including tasting of recipes for cookery demonstrations. We finish at approximately 2pm.

Price varies by demonstration or workshop.

Contact us now to register your interest for our next demonstration.

At each cookery demonstration we provide you with step-by-step instructions to take away (suitable for an Aga, fan oven, conventional or gas oven). We can cater for any dietary requirements - please just let us know when you book.

Past Cookery Demonstrations

We've been lucky enough to have had some superb speakers and demonstrators at Carfraemill over the years. Most recently we welcomed Sue Lawrence in June 2017, Lady Claire Macdonald in Spring 2016 and Mary Kemp at May 2018 and Easter 2018.

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