Pizza at Red Hill

November 11, 2010

On October 2nd, we were down in Red Hill for my younger brother’s birthday. He turned 20, apparently. To me he will always be my younger brother, and 20 seems far too old to be true. All of my family’s birthdays are in 6 weeks of each other. It’s a jam packed, busy time. Lots of fun, love and food. Jackson had some friends around and we had a nice, relaxing afternoon.

Nibbles…

Dukkah with Bread and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. We had Gourmet Morsel‘s Egyptian Hazelnut Dukkah. Amazing. Possibly Jackson’s favourite food too. Give him bread, oil and dukkah and he’s happy.

The garden is looking lovely this Spring…

The vegetable garden has given us delicious Kale, and I am forever grateful.

Apple Mint – lovely with sparkling water.

Fingers crossed for our olive trees!

Happy.

Allie (Jackson’s ridiculously gorgeous girlfriend) and Jackson with Ben and I.

One of Jackson’s friends bought him 20 Kinder Surprises for his birthday. Brilliant.

Dad made pizza. He does this extremely well. He loves his oven, and so do I. I only wish I could have homemade woodfired pizza more often. Ben and I will definitely be having a woodfired oven of our own when we buy a house.

In no time at all…

…we had beautiful, thin crust pizza. Bellissimo!

Jackson requested tiramisu, and so mum and I made Jamie Oliver’s Tiramisu from his recent ‘Jamie Does’ book, which I have and adore. Jamie proclaims this as his ‘Best Tiramisu’. I think he was mistaken. I absolutely love Jamie, those close to me know this very well. But I didn’t love this recipe. I prefer a more layered tiramisu, with less chocolate – the chocolate layer was far too intense for my liking. The recipe called for a lot of mascarpone. We cut down the amount and it was still too much. I did, however, love the addition of orange zest. I still love Jamie. Maybe he just got a little drunk on the vin santo (which the recipe calls for) whilst making this, and subsequently labelled everything ‘the best’…

It was a lovely, chilled day. Happy birthday Jackson. Thanks for all the super fun, silly times. So often I made you watch girlie movies and forced you to perform musicals with me. You were a stellar Aladdin. You’ll always be my partner in crime. Love you, Bobdidiliod. Love, Bobdidiliana. I cant believe I just published our nicknames…

Heidi xo
  • Denita November 11, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    What a wonderful birthday! How grand that pizza oven is. Your quite right… I now want pizza. Delicious!! xx

  • Hannah November 11, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    What a wonderful party! And you a charmer to make your brother his requested dessert 🙂

    Um, also, if you wake up in the morning and there's no kale left in your yard, don't be afraid. I just really really wanted kale chips right now… 😉

  • Boredom Abounds November 11, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Mmm, dukkah….We were down on the peninsula week before last and bought some olive oil from a winery/olive grove in Cape Schanck to so we could use it with some homemade dukkah next time we entertain – so yummy!

    And I'm very jealous of the pizza oven, I'd love to have one of my own!

  • Michelle Chin November 11, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    My sister makes very good tiramisu. 🙂

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ONEbC0FWmXw/SfAQtF2pqiI/AAAAAAAAL-8/c5Lujymmn5w/s400/IMG_1749.JPG

    It's quite simple really. According to her.

  • hollypop November 11, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    i think i would like the tiramisu loaded with chocolate. i must make my own sponges and then make tiramisu.
    i like desserts to be very very super rich. mm.

  • The InTolerant Chef November 11, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Ooh, I love the pizza oven, and the kinder surprises. I hope he shared with you!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 11, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Wow, how fabulous having your own pizza oven. And your pizzas look wonderful too! 😀

  • Ashley November 12, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Wow, what fun! Your photos look absolutely so lovely too! I can only imagine how delicious that pizza is…

  • mangocheeks November 12, 2010 at 5:08 am

    Love your honesty re JO recipe.

    Lovely Birthday spread, but I am especially liking the look of the dukkah.

  • Heidi November 12, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Denita – thanks de! We'll have to have pizza soon.

    Hannah – haha, hilarious. ok I wont be alarmed 🙂

    Boredom abounds – I want to make my own dukkah too, I think it'd be really fun!

    MIchelle – wow, that looks incredible!

    Hollypop – you may very well like it then! I'd like to make my own sponges next time too.

    InTolerant Chef – he offered 🙂 but I don't like Kinder Surprises – just the toy inside!

    Lorraine – thank you! It is kind of fabulous 🙂

    Ashley – thanks so much!

    mangocheeks – thank you 🙂 and yes the dukkah was amazing!

    Heidi xo

  • Kath November 12, 2010 at 9:02 am

    I so, so much love you have such a close and loving relationship with your family! And you all look so happy together – heartwarming photos!

    The kale in your garden is delightful. I'd love to sneak in and get some. 😉

  • Heidi November 12, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Thanks, Kath, that is so very sweet!! You're welcome to our Kale any time! 🙂
    Heidi xo

  • Anna Johnston November 12, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Oh you brave one, publishing your nicknames…, so funny. Love, love, love the wood fire pizza oven, I so want one too. Your bro's birthday weekend sounded so much fun…, I'm really looking forward to New Years when my bro & his lovely Megs & Mr. HG & I are all hitting up Melbourne town for an awesome foursome couple of days, complete with a degustation dinner at Fifteen. C A N N O T W A I T … 🙂

  • Sam McMillan November 12, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I have to step in and stand up for the Tiramisu. Sure, it was unconventional, but deliciously so.

  • Heidi November 12, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Anna – sounds amazing! I really want to go to Fifteen (more Jamie Oliver love). What an awesome New Years!

    Sam – good work, I was feeling somewhat conflicted in publishing disapproval of Jamie's recipe. I'm glad you could stand up for him 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • KittyCate November 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Ummm, hello, "ridiculously gorgeous" – have you looked in the mirror lately girl?!
    Looks like an amazing day – I love how your family share such a love of good food, reminds me of my own! xx

  • Heidi November 13, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Oh, Cate! *blush* so sweet 🙂 we're both v lucky aren't we!
    Heidi xo

  • Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear November 14, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    What a lovely day! the pizza looks so good, I love it when they're made in an oven like that.

    My little brother turned 19 this year and I always think of him as a 8 year old, because if he's 19 with a 8 year age difference I must be ANCIENT 😀