The simple things in life done exceptionally well, like truffled scrambled eggs and French champagne, that’s how to create a memorable experience.
Nobody knows that better than Amanda Reboul, AKA The Bubble Diva, who hosts the Effervescence Champagne Festival each year at Spicers Hidden Vale in Ipswich.
Amanda brings champagne lovers face to face with their favourite French drops and also offers the opportunity to try new labels and talk to champagne experts. It’s champagne heaven really, and as close as you’ll get to France’s champagne region without an aeroplane ticket in your hand.
Sunday Champagne Trail
Festival patrons spent a relaxing afternoon following a trail at their own pace around the picturesque grounds of Spicers Hidden Vale with stations set up at various points representing the four main growing regions of champagne; ‘Montagne de Reims’, ‘Vallee de la Marne’, ‘Cote de Blancs’, and ‘Cote de Bar’. There was also the opportunity to try your hand at the favourite French pastime boules (Petanque).
Another person who knows food and wine well is chef Danielle Dixon. Danielle kicked off her career in the kitchens at MasterChef and has spent several years working the pans at Brisbane’s Bucci.
At the Sunday Champagne Trail Danielle shared quick and easy champagne brunch ideas including the scrambled eggs recipe below. A simple dish, scrambled eggs can be elevated to the divine if you do it right. Danielle’s tip is to use good quality eggs like those from 9Dorf Farms in the Lockyer Valley, produced using sustainable and ethical farming methods.
Amanda says truffle scrambled eggs would go beautifully with a glass of Pol Roger non-vintage.
If you wanted something more adventurous with a grower champagne, try the Vilmart et Cie Grande Réserve,” Amanda says.
Truffled Scrambled Eggs and Scampi Caviar
4 free range eggs (that have been sitting in a jar with your truffle for a few days)
40g unsalted butter
Pinch white pepper
Sea Salt to taste
Scampi Caviar to garnish (any caviar will do)
Truffle to grate/slice
Toasted Brioche to serve
- Melt butter in a pan on a very low heat, you don’t want it to bubble
- Whisk together eggs, cream, salt and white pepper
- Add whisked eggs and allow to partially set on base. Do not allow to colour
- Continue to move eggs around the pan and remove just before they are completely cooked
- Serve on toasted brioche topped with caviar
Where is Effervescence?
The Effervescence Champagne Festival is held each year at Spicers Hidden Vale near Ipswich.
The Champagne Trail costs $120 per person and buses are available for guests coming from Brisbane, Gold Coast and Toowoomba.
Find out more about The Bubble Diva and champagne at Tasting the Stars.
Ed+bK was a guest of Effervescence.