1kg large dutch cream potatoes – peeled and cut in half
60g butter – chopped
1/4 cup (60mls) thickened cream
2 fresh rosemary sprigs
40 mls extra virgin olive oil
Salt and white pepper to taste.
Pop your Plarre’s Beef Pies in a fan forced oven on 180˚C for approximately 15-20 minutes
Bring potatoes to the boil in a medium saucepan with salted water until tender.
Meanwhile in a small frying pan, heat olive oil and fry rosemary sprigs. Drain onto clean paper towel. Sprinkle
Drain potatoes and return to the pot with butter and cream. Mash with a potato masher or pass through a rice
sieve. Stir until well combined and season with salt and white pepper to taste. Serve in a bowl with rosemary
sprigs sprinkled on top.
WIN A BIRTHDAY CAKE EVERY YEAR FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE
2016 marks 115 years of baking for Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses and to celebrate this landmark achievement we’re giving one lucky Guest the chance to win a Birthday Cake every year for the rest of their life.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Information on how to enter, redeem/claim and the prizes form part of these Terms and Conditions. Participation in this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.
The Promoter is Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses Pty Ltd, ABN 16 873 899 582, of 35 Harrick Rd, Keilor Park VIC 3042 (“Promoter”).
Entry is only open to residents of the State of Victoria (Australia) aged 18 years or older – Winner must be able to pick up their Birthday Cake from their local store within Victoria.
Employees and immediate family of employees of the Promoter or any franchisee of the Promoter are ineligible to enter. Immediate family means any of the following: spouse, ex-spouse, de-facto spouse, child or step-child (whether natural or by adoption), parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, brother, sister, step-brother, step-sister or 1st cousin.
Entrants will be able to enter the draw to “Win a Birthday Cake for the rest of your life” via one (1) of the following methods:
IN STORE – by completing the entry form, including all of the requested details (first and last name, valid email, postcode and phone number) and then placing the completed entry form in the entry box provided in a participating Ferguson Plarre Bakehouse before 5:00pm AEST on 4 September 2016; or
FACEBOOK PAGE – by visiting and liking the Promoter’s Facebook Page at facebook.com/Ferguson.Plarre (“Facebook Page”), follow the prompts to ‘like’ the Facebook Page (if not done so already), access the ‘Win a Birthday Cake’ promotional application, input the requested details as prompted (first and last name, valid email & closest Ferguson Plarre) and submit the fully completed entry form before 5:00pm AEST on 4 September 2016.
WEBSITE HOME PAGE – by visiting the Promoter’s website, www.fergusonplarre.com.au, follow the prompts to visit the competition page and input the requested details as prompted (first and last name, valid email & closest Ferguson Plarre location) and submit the fully completed entry form before 5:00pm AEST on 4 September 2016.
Only 1 entry per entrant by each entry method is permitted (a maximum of 3 entries per entrant in total). Multiple entries using an entry method will be deemed invalid.
The promotion commences on 04/08/2016 and ends at 5:00pm AEST on 4 September 2016.
The Promoter reserves the right, at any time, to verify the validity of entries and entrants (including an entrant’s identity, age and place of residence) and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Terms and Conditions or who tampers with the entry process. Failure by the Promoter to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.
Entries that are in the Promoter’s reasonable opinion: incomplete; indecipherable; or illegible will be deemed invalid.
If there is a dispute as to the identity of an entrant, the Promoter reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to determine the identity of the entrant.
The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
There is one (1) prize to be won in this promotion. The winning entry determined in accordance with these terms and conditions will win a Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses birthday cake every year for the rest of their life. This prize is non- transferable and can only be used by the winner once per year for the winner’s birthday. This prize is valued at $100 per year (Total projected value – $10,000 based on 100 years) and will be delivered in the form of a redeemable card.
The provisional winning entries will be drawn at the Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses Head Office, 35 Harrick Road, Keilor Park, Vic, 3042 at 10am (AEST) on 16 September 2016. All valid and eligible entry drawn by the Promoter will be recorded in the order drawn.
The provisional winner will be contacted by email between 10.01am and 11am AEST on 16 September 2016. If the provisional winner does not respond to the email within ten days or otherwise cannot be connected, then that provisional winner will be invalidated and we will call the next drawn provisional winner who will be required to respond to the email on the terms outlined above. This process will continue until a provisional winner responds to the the email. Once a provisional winner responds to the email, they will become a confirmed winner and will be awarded the prize, subject to their agreement for any responses to be recorded and broadcast in any media (and any number of times) as determined by the Promoter (including on a radio station/s). If the provisional winner refuses to have their response email recorded, their entry will be invalidated and the winner determination process will continue until a winner is confirmed. The confirmed winner will be published at fergusonplarre.com.au and on Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses facebook page. The confirmed winner must notify the Promoter of their date of birth before the Prize can be awarded to them.
To redeem the prize each year, the winner must contact the Promoter’s head office at least three weeks before their birthday each year to organise their cake. Prize value cannot be transferred into any other products and must be used for one (1) birthday cake up to the retail value of $100. Should the winner desire a birthday cake with a retail value of more than $100, then the prize can be used to reduce the retail price of the birthday cake by $100. If for any reason a winner does not redeem the prize in any year by contacting the Promoter at least 3 weeks before their birthday, then the prize for that year will be forfeited.
If in any year the prize is unavailable, the Promoter, in its discretion, reserves the right to substitute the prize with a prize to the same value.
Prizes, or any unused portion of a prize, are not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash, unless otherwise specified.
The prize will automatically lapse upon the death of the winner.
If during the lifetime of the winner, the Promoter ceases to carry on a business of manufacturing or selling birthday cakes, then the prize will automatically lapse, and the Promoter will not be obligated to provide any replacement or substitute prize.
Entrants consent to the Promoter using their name, likeness, image and/or voice in the event they are a winner (including photograph, film and/or recording of the same) in any media for an unlimited period without remuneration for the purpose of promoting this promotion (including any outcome), and promoting any products manufactured, distributed and/or supplied by the Promoter.
If this promotion is interfered with in any way or is not capable of being conducted as reasonably anticipated due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter, including but not limited to technical difficulties, unauthorised intervention or fraud, the Promoter reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to the fullest extent permitted by law (a) to disqualify any entrant; or (b) subject to any written directions from a regulatory authority, to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the promotion, as appropriate.
Any cost associated with accessing the promotional website is the entrant’s responsibility and is dependent on the Internet service provider used.
The use of any automated entry software or any other mechanical or electronic means that allows an entrant to automatically enter repeatedly is prohibited and will render all entries submitted by that entrant invalid.
Nothing in these Terms and Conditions limits, excludes or modifies or purports to limit, exclude or modify the statutory consumer guarantees as provided under the Competition and Consumer Act, as well as any other implied warranties under the ASIC Act or similar consumer protection laws in the States and Territories of Australia (“Non-Excludable Guarantees”). Except for any liability that cannot by law be excluded, including the Non-Excludable Guarantees, the Promoter (including its respective officers, employees and agents) excludes all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of the promotion.
Except for any liability that cannot by law be excluded, including the Non-Excludable Guarantees, the Promoter (including its respective officers, employees and agents) is not responsible for and excludes all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of: (a) any technical difficulties or equipment malfunction (whether or not under the Promoter’s control); (b) any theft, unauthorised access or third party interference; (c) any entry or prize claim that is late, lost, altered, damaged or misdirected (whether or not after their receipt by the Promoter) due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter; (d) any variation in prize value to that stated in these Terms and Conditions; (e) any tax liability incurred by a winner or entrant; or (f) use/redemption of a prize.
As a condition of accepting a prize, each winner must sign any legal documentation as and in the form required by the Promoter and/or prize suppliers in their absolute discretion, including but not limited to a legal release and indemnity form.
The Promoter collects personal information in order to conduct the promotion and may, for this purpose, disclose such information to third parties, including but not limited to agents, contractors, service providers, prize suppliers and, as required, to Australian regulatory authorities. Entry is conditional on providing this information. The Promoter may, for an indefinite period, unless otherwise advised, use the information for promotional, marketing, publicity, research and profiling purposes, including sending electronic messages or telephoning the entrant. Entrants should direct any request to opt out, access, update or correct information to the Promoter. All entries become the property of the Promoter.
If entering via the Facebook Page, entry and continued participation in the promotion is dependent on entrants following and acting in accordance with the Facebook Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, which can be viewed at facebook.com/terms.php.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Entrants understand that they are providing their information to the Promoter and not to Facebook. The information an entrant provides will only be used for the purposes outlined in these Terms and Conditions. Any questions, comments or complaints about this promotion must be directed to the Promoter and not to Facebook. Facebook will not be liable for any loss or damage or personal injury which is suffered or sustained by an entrant, as a result of participating in the promotion (including taking/use of a prize), except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.
Information obtained through the Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses website includes Internet Protocol (IP) address and browse/operating system information that is used solely for the purposes of website statistical evaluation.
Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses also collects information through it’s Birthday Club, Delicious Reminders Club and any cake orders that are made online. This is done with the users consent. This information includes, your name, address, telephone number, email address, date of birth and credit card details.
Statistical information collected is not made available to third parties outside Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses Pty Ltd without the individuals consent or to the extent required by law.
Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses will, on request, provide an individual with access to any information we hold about them unless there is an exception which applies under the National Privacy Principles. We may recover from them our reasonable costs of providing access to this information.
Appropriate technology and security policies, rules and measures will be implemented to protect the personal information that we have under our control from unauthorised access, improper use, alteration, unlawful or accidental destruction and accidental loss.
Personal information is removed from our systems when it is no longer required. The National Privacy Principles as set out in the Privacy Act 1988, as amended by the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000, are to be complied with in every respect by us.
We asked our guests to spill the beans and let us know where their favourite picnic spot is located around Melbourne. Here we share some of the fantastic responses that we received – We hope that they inspire you to get out and about:
Beckett Park, Balwyn
I love taking our kiddies to Beckett Park in Balwyn Vic. There is plants of gorgeous shady spots in the Maranoa gardens to eat and admire the flowers, the kids love the huge playground, and we all love climbing the tower. I always feel like I am on top of the world. Plus…..it is very close to the Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses store in Balwyn where we get all of our picnic treats!!
The grounds of Melbourne University are stunning! I first found them when we had our wedding photos there and I fell in love! So beautiful, tranquil and we’ve created so many wonderful memories there!
Royal Botanical Gardens
Melbourne’s Royal Botanical Gardens has so much to offer and explore. The kids also like to end the day by dropping into the Art Gallery, before heading home on the train.
Mt Dandenong National Park
It’s my family’s favourite spot to have a picnic as it’s not too much of a drive, but far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the city and suburbs that we really appreciate the stillness, sunshine and fresh forest air! My two little girls love sitting under a shady tree seeing how many kookaburras they can spot
It’s hard to find waterfall, especially one like this, its big and beautiful! and very easily accessible, makes it well worth visit!! Most of all its in a beautiful part of Victoria (and beautiful part of the country too). After having a look from the top of the view point we took a walking track all the way to the bottom of the waterfall were the view was even better.
Murrindindi is such a beautiful forest there’s toilets, barbecues, great walks and lots of yabbies to be caught if your lucky
Lysterfield Lake is a favourite of ours – lush bushland, great walking tracks, and the tranquil lake!
Down by Sorrento beach. Love the atmosphere, the gorgeous scenery and all the tall trees for shade. Beautiful on a Summers night when you see the sunset, all the boats in the water and catch the cool breeze
Lake Pertobe, Warnambool
Lake Pertobe in Warrnambool is absolutely amazing and so many activities for the whole family.
Edible food colouring – pink, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple
So, once you’ve got your ingredients ready you’re good to go. Here’s is what you have to do next.
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease 2 x 20cm round sandwich tins and line the bases with baking parchment. Tip all the sponge ingredients, apart from the food colouring, into a mixing bowl, then beat with an electric whisk until smooth.
Working quickly, weigh the mixture into another bowl to work out the total weight, then weigh exactly half the mixture back into the mixing bowl. Pick 2 of your colours and stir a little into each mix. Keep going until you are happy with the colour – the colour of the batter now will be very similar to the finished cake, so be brave!
Scrape the different batters into the tins, trying to spread and smooth as much as possible – but try not to waste a drop of the batter – a rubber spatula will help you. Bake on the same oven shelf for 12 mins until a skewer poked into the middle comes out clean.
Gently turn the cakes out onto a wire rack to cool. Wash the tins and bowls thoroughly, and start again from step 1 – this time using another 2 colours. Then repeat once more to get 6 sponges, all of different colours. Leave them all to cool.
We recently had a chat to one of our fantastic team members, Bree Druzca, co-owner and operator with her Mum and Dad, Val & Peter at Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses – Officer.
Join us as we step behind the counter to meet Bree, learn about her family, her background and what wild and wonderful experiences she has encountered in-store.
So Bree, you’ve been with Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses since 2013. What was your first experience of Ferguson Plarre?
“Actually, I got into Ferguson Plarre quite late in life. I’m 29 now and the first time I visited Fergies was when we went for a drive as a family when we were considering whether to get involved with Ferguson Plarre as a business.
My parents and I jumped in the car and visited a few different stores in our area to taste and experience the Ferguson Plarre brand before we decided to get involved with the business.”
That’s some very tasty research that you’ve carried out there – What actually made you decide to build a business for yourselves?
“My parents have always had their own business for as long as I remember and I really don’t know much different. Before starting at Ferguson Plarre I was working for another company and while it was great, there is something really very satisfying about building your store and business from the ground up.
Particularly with our store as there was no store in the area when we started, so we had a clean slate to start from which meant we had to work even harder to even get noticed by our fantastic guests.”
What do you love about working at Ferguson Plarre?
“One of the most enjoyable parts of coming in for the day is seeing our regulars. We have a number of guests that come in 4 or 5 times a week – We make sure we know their orders off the top of our heads so that all they need to do is take a seat and your coffee and cake is sitting in front of you almost immediately.
What does a typical day for you look like in store?
“Well, I get up most days at 5-30am, then head off to the store at 6am for a 7am opening. As soon as I get in the coffee machine is fired up and of course I have to try the coffee to make sure it all tastes perfect – that caffeine shot comes in handy around 8-30am when the morning rush starts.
As soon as the coffee machine is firing on all cylinders we start to move our beautiful cakes from the fridge to our refrigerated cabinets so that everyone can see what we have available each day. At the same time we also start to put a few of our more popular morning pies in the oven so that they are ready for those who are looking for a savoury brekkie on the go.
We open up the store at 7am, then the morning typically flies by as I work a full day until 2pm, when the afternoon shift come in and start. Then I head to the gym for an hour of exercise before I head home for various activities including dog training, cooking and a bit of relaxation, maybe even a nap depending on how the day has gone.”
So that is a typical day, but what about some of the more unusual days. Are there any funny stories that you can share with us?
“Actually, just over the weekend we had a classic. One gentleman came in, dressed up and looking very spiffy. He walks straight up to the counter and simply asks us for every single donut in the store. We looked at him expecting there to be punchline, but no, he was legit. He was getting married that afternoon and wanted to buy the donuts for his groomsmen as they were getting hungry. We were happy to help, I just hope that none of his team spilt any jam onto their crisp suits and shirts.”
And there you have it, Bree Druzca from Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses – Officer is living proof that family businesses are a great asset not just to the families themselves but also the community.
We know that Bree, Val & Peter will continue to grow and evolve with their community and no doubt be local icon for years to come.