WHEN you have so many flavours right on your back doorstep, why not use them?
For a long time Australian native flavours have often gone unused in Aussie kitchens.
But this Good Food Ballarat, Saltbush Kitchen at M.A.D.E are looking to help locals discover these distinctive flavours.
It's all part of their "Extra Special Spice Class" set to be held on Saturday, November 21.
Talking about the event, Saltbush Kitchen creator Brigid Corcoran said the classes were aimed to teach anyone who enjoys cooking how to use the spices at home.
"Students will smell, taste and learn about our full native spice range. Learn about the plants and a little about their history," she said.
"The classes are informal and conversational, and will show students techniques and recipes about how to use the various spices at home."
When asked why she thought Australian spices were so good, Ms Corcoran said it was the fact they bring a distinctly Australian flavour to the table.
"Cooking up a breakfast with Ballarat’s finest local mushrooms and adding some Australian wild thyme brings a little bit of the bush and a whole lot of flavour to your table," she said.
To celebrate Good Food, Ms Carcoran said there was a special focus for the November class.
"Christmas is near so we thought it would be an idea to shape the spice class around how to celebrate Christmas Australian style. So there will be a special focus on easy ways to include yummy Australian native flavours in your Christmas cooking and in your Christmas cocktails," she said.
Anyone with an interest in cooking is being encouraged to join the class and can book by calling 1800 287 113.
The class will be held at Saltbush Kitchen at M.A.D.E (102 Stawell Street South) on November 21 between 2.30-4pm.
Cost: $60 per person. Limited spaces available.