First Stop, Red Hill Market

January 5, 2011

I cannot think of a better way to start the new year than by visiting a Market.

First thing Saturday morning, Ben and I walked the 20 minutes it takes to get to the Red Hill Showgrounds, and by the time we arrived our tummies were grumbling. My first meal of 2011 would be Poffertjes, and that sounded simply fabulous to me.

The Poffertjes stand is conveniently (and cleverly) located at the front entrance to the market, so naturally we headed there first.

They’re just delightful – warm, soft pillows, which are super fluffy, slathered in gooey butter and dusted with icing sugar. A sticky drizzle of maple syrup adds a nice touch of sweetness. We went back for more.

Next we purchased some Corn on the cob. For $5 a cob it is quite ridiculously expensive. It is lovely, juicy corn, however it never used to be so pricey. I feel like an old man swearing at “kids these days”, but seriously, times have changed…

Ben visited his usual Satay stand. They were lovely, full of ginger, like always.

I bought a cupcake. I always walk past this stand and “oooh” and “ahhh” at all the pretty cakes. This time I bought one. After much indecisive back-and-forth, trying to decide on a flavour – “do I want white chococolate and raspberry? Or perhaps fudge brownie?” – I decided on a Rose Blossom Cupcake.

It was a vanilla base with a soft, baby-pink tinted icing. The icing tasted more of marshmallow than rose water. I was hoping for a stronger flavour like that in turkish delight. Despite not being a huge marshmallow fan, I enjoyed this cupcake. A few bites were enough though – it was very sweet. Naturally I got it all over my face.

The Italian Doughnuts were a little disappointing this time. Perhaps I built up their brilliance in my head and hence had unrealistic expectations. Either way, they’ve been knocked off their podium and Poffertjes are officially my new favourite market food. We bought some doughnuts home for Jackson, as he adores them. The cinnamon sugar combined with the hot, fried dough really is quite delicious.

We drank Lemonade and wandered the stalls.

I love this place. I think it is going to be a great year.

Heidi xo
  • Iron Chef Shellie January 5, 2011 at 9:10 am

    yay for retro photos!

    I really should check out red hill market one day!

  • hollypop January 5, 2011 at 9:33 am

    i love the $2 lemonade stall! is it still the man and his wife tag teaming the delivery?
    my parents used to have a stall at emu plains and at red hill and back then poffertjes were like 2 dorrars!

  • Heidi January 5, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Michele – I'm loving the retro shots 🙂 thanks for the iphone app rec. You should definitely come to the market one time. So many eats!

    Hollypop – Oh gosh, I remember emu plains market! Flash back! And yes it is still the man & wife team churning out the lemonade, complete with their hawaiian shirts 🙂 fabulous.

    Heidi xo

  • Mez January 5, 2011 at 11:31 am


    Love the photos lady. The corn IS ridiculously expensive for corn at a market. I am obsessed with sweet corn. For my recess snack at work I like to take corn on the cob and just heat it in the microwave. People think I'm a little crazy, whatever!!! They're the ones missing out.

  • Leah January 5, 2011 at 11:47 am

    What a great market! I love going to the markets on the weekend, it takes us a good hour and a bit in the car but it is so worth the travelling for the delicious poffertjes and turkish pizza!!
    And all the fresh fruit and veg. I go a little bit nuts there….
    Your photo's are gorgeous 🙂

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds January 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Yum! Those cupcakes look devine – were they the Crabapple Bakery ones? The past few markets I've been to we've gotten there too late and they've sold out!

  • Heidi January 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Mez – thanks! and I completely understand where you're coming from – corn is an amazingly yummy snack 🙂

    Leah – thank you! Markets are such a fun weekend outing. Hard not to go nuts & stock up on all the beautiful fresh produce!

    Julia – yep, they're Crabapple. & they're always sold out after not very long – we got there around 10am though, so there was still some choice!

    Heidi xo

  • Hannah January 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I think you're going to have a wonderful year too, judging by all the happiness bottled up in this post 🙂 The first few eats amused me as poffertjes, corn, and satay sticks is what I always used to get at the National Folk Festival. I never got a gorgeous rose cupcake though!

  • Laura Preston January 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    how do you do the photo thing? they look amazing

  • Heidi January 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Hannah – thanks lovely 🙂 It is quite folky food, now that you mention it. especially corn!

    Laura – it is an iphone application called instagram. I love it 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 5, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I'm loving the effect that you've done on these photos! They look gorgeous! 😀

  • littleaspects January 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Cute pics!

    Loving the farmers' markets!

  • Ashley January 5, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I spy with my little eye a lot of instagram filters! 😉 Love the app though and what a fun idea to use the pics in the blog!

    Looks like it was a lot of fun, I love wandering around markets and just finding little bits and pieces to eat! That cupcake looks great!

  • Indie.Tea January 5, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Hmmm, those Poffertjes sound like a great way to begin the new year.
    And I hope that it is indeed a truly great for you 🙂

  • Hannah January 5, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Cool pictures! YUm! Love the poffertjes, I always end up getting them at markets! So delicious and moreish…
    Hannah x

  • The InTolerant Chef January 5, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I think $5 is way to much for a cob of corn, I would admit to going for the less healthy options instead!

  • Anna Johnston January 5, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    What a beautiful way to start the year…. feasting out on all your fave splurges, they sure sounded good too, although…. $5 for the corn??!! Ben must really love the stuff lots 🙂 (it did look good though)

  • LifeasKristina January 5, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Those pics are great-the food looks so delish-but that cupcake?! Die-yes please!!!

  • Michelle Chin January 6, 2011 at 12:10 am

    5 AUD for corn?! That converts to RM 15!

  • Jacqueline January 6, 2011 at 5:04 am

    I also love the retro pics!:D
    Funny thing, I also had corn on the cob on January 1st!haha
    The cupcake looks great!I have a nice recipe for rosewater cupcakes, easy to make, if you want I can email it to you!

  • Burke Brandon January 6, 2011 at 9:13 am

    you don't pay for the corn you pay for the service to have it fresh on the day 😛

  • Kath January 6, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Whee, such a great start into the new year! 🙂

  • Heidi January 7, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Lorraine – thank you! I'm having fun with it 🙂

    Littleaspects – thanks!

    Ashley – I am officially in love with instagram 🙂

    Indie-Tea – thank you, I hope it is a wonderful year for you also!

    Hannah – poffertjes really are the best – one of my top foods 🙂

    InTolerant Chef – I know!! It was hard to handover that $5, but so worth it in the end 🙂

    Anna – so expensive! But the last 3 times we snubbed it due to the price, so we justified the cost that way 🙂

    Kristina – thank you! It was all very delicious!

    Michelle – "mmmmhmmmm" (is that how you spell it?)

    Jaqueline – we're corn buddies! I would love you to email it to me, that would be wonderful, it sounds delicious!

    Brandon – haha, very true!

    Kath – yes it was!

    Heidi xo

  • onika January 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Yuuuum I love the red hill market! The red hill cheese stand is he best!

  • itsfoodlove January 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    All the food looks so delish!