Family Brunch at Red Hill

March 13, 2011

The weekend that Ben and I arrived home from our Asia trip, my family organised a lovely brunch. We told stories of our travels, recounting exciting adventures and beautiful moments. It was wonderful.

The air was crisp, unusually so for February in Melbourne. And so we found warmth in each other’s company. Cups of tea and beautiful local produce were also welcomed…

Outside on the barbeque, Dad cooked eggs (courtesy of our chooks).

Gathered around the hot plate, we caught up and had some laughs with Roo – David, my older brother, named my grandfather “Roo” when he was very small, and the name has stuck.

My grandparents are so special to me. My cousins and I would watch all the “Road to…” movies with Roo when we were young. Just this past Christmas we all watched Road to Morocco together – my favourite. Bob Hope and Bing Crosby – is there a better combination? I don’t think so. He and my gorgeous Nana have such a fabulous, fun relationship. They’re so active and are always travelling. I hope to be just like they are when I’m their age.

Back to the barbeque, we also cooked a heap of mushrooms and a big bunch of asparagus. I found myself quite enamoured with the beauty of the mushroom.

Asparagus spears are quite pretty too…

Blue cheese for the mushrooms – Dad’s a cheese nut. He’s actually a member of the Richmond Hill Larder Cheese Club. He’s a nerd and we love it. I must say I am beginning to fall a little in love with blue cheese myself.

My parents still have leftovers from their sizeable Christmas pork purchases, so naturally we nibbled on some freshly sliced prosciutto.

On this occasion we tried Boks Bacon, a high quality product from Tasmania. It was absolutely divine, a real treat! Possibly the best bacon I have ever had.

I had fun exploring the property – actually they only have half an acre, but there is lots to photograph and plenty of room to frolic. And frolic I did. I missed this house while we were away.

Our chickens scare me…it’s a bird thing. It has something to do with me being terrified they’ll poke my eyes out with their pointy little beaks. Yeah. I would always get my younger brother, Jackson, to feed them. Sorry, little chickens. I do so love the eggs you give me, though…

The garden is looking so beautiful – the vegetables are flourishing and the roses blooming!

Although the lemons are becoming scarce *sob*.

My parents planted these orange roses for David, and they’re just beautiful. Mesmerising. Orange was his favourite colour. He even had orange Converse.

As a child, I would spend so much time in the garden. I would find a little corner and sit under a tree, pretending to be Alice in Wonderland or Mary in the Secret Garden.

As a gift from our travels, we bought mum an assortment of hand-woven placemats from Baan Dada. This is one of them. Some of the kids and local women make gorgeous hand-woven products to earn a living and raise money for the home.

Isn’t this rocking chair sweet? Mum recently stumbled across it and had to have it. She has such a skill for finding gems like these.

To follow our eggs we had fruit salad and thick, natural yoghurt. Mum knows me so well, she always has fruit and yoghurt on hand when I visit.

Dad came up with the ingenious idea of sprinkling a little cardamom and pistachio sugar over the yoghurt. Mum and Dad have recently introduced me to Gewurzhaus, a fantastic new spice shop on Lygon street. This cardamom and pistachio sugar is from this store. I constantly find myself dreaming up excuses to visit Gewurzhaus, I adore it.

We chatted and laughed as we ate. I do so enjoy weekends together.

Family brunch at Red Hill. Lovely.

Heidi xo

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  • Indie.Tea March 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Awww, it looks like a lovely weekend. And the cheese, eggs, and mushrooms all sound good – my kind of bbq.
    And I've got to track down a recipe for the pistachio and cardamom sugar!

  • Merowyn March 13, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    That looks like the perfect brunch.
    I'm going to get H to make pistachio and cardamom sugar now. Sounds delicious.
    Have you tried St Agur blue cheese? It's my favourite blue, ever. I think because it's not so strong.
    I love cheese.

  • wikigirl March 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Yum! Everything looks so lovely and fresh. I love that your dad is a member of the cheese club, that's so lovely! The sugar looks so nice, I'd love to know where I could buy that in Bris.

  • Hannah March 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Oh my gosh, cardamom and pistachio sugar! I'm going to have to try and recreate that myself, because I know I'll love it like crazy 🙂

  • Michelle Chin March 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I see lots of greens! Very healthy brunch yeah?

  • KittyCate March 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I absolutely love reading your posts about your family – you write so beautifully and I can just feel how special your relationship with them is. As someone who is really close to her own family, I always love that in others 🙂
    Your brunch looks absolutely delicious! My sister is scared of our parents' chickens too, she thinks they resemble dinosaurs! I think they're sweet though, I love patting them. xx

  • Heidi March 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Indie.Tea – yes! I will have a look myself too. I didn't check their jar for proportions but it was not overly strong on the spices. Mild yet delicious 🙂

    Merowyn – I don't know if I've tried it!? I'm sure my dad would be onto it. Perhaps he's served us up some. I will investigate!…

    Wikigirl – I have no idea where you could buy it! They don't seem to have any stores interstate. Try making it yourself maybe? Good luck!

    Hannah – oh yes you will! re-create away! You'll beat me too it, I may just get mine from Gewurzhaus – another excuse to go there 😉

    Michelle – Yes, a very healthy brunch! The bacon was fatty around the edge, we didn't trim before we cooked it (just avoided the fat when eating it) – that's the only health downfall 🙂

    Cate – I am so pleased you enjoy these posts! It is so nice to hear, than you 🙂 I wish I could play with the chickens! I'm just a scaredy cat 😉

    Heidi xo

  • denitamudge2014 March 13, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Heidi those orange flowers are so beautiful. So graceful and elegant.

    Cardamom and pistachio sugar! My goodness what a glorious idea!! I so want that with thick, greek yoghurt right now. You must take me to this place on Lygon street.

    Love De xx

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds March 13, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Yum, all that food looks amazing. Brunch is easily the best meal of the day!

    What beautiful roses.

  • The InTolerant Chef March 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I have cardamom and orange sugar, but yours sounds fantastic!

  • Carly Findlay March 13, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Wow, wonderful photos. Looks yummy! I havent had a breaky BBQ before.
    And the roses are pretty.
    I am a member of the Bruny Island Cheese Club. I too am a cheese nerd.

  • Heidi March 14, 2011 at 9:38 am

    De – thank you 🙂 and yes we will go there soon!!

    Julia – brunch is the best 😉

    InTolerant Chef – oh cardamom and orange sugar, lovely!

    Carly – High Five for cheese nerds!! 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Anna Johnston March 14, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Lovely memories & experiences Heidi. Nothing like hanging out with the family is there. The Red Hill property looks a wonderful place to be – no wonder you guys visit so often huh 🙂

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    What a lovely weekend! I also love Bok's bacon-it almost reminds me of a thicker prosciutto!

  • Leah March 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Oh i know what you mean about the chickens. I wouldn't go anywhere near them, i dont like birds in general, their flapping wings and tiny eyes creep me out!
    The food looks delicious as always Heidi! xo

  • Heidi March 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Anna – their place is lovely 🙂 we cant stay away!

    Lorraine – yes exactly! It is so yummy. Must buy some again soon!

    Leah – haha, you're so right about their flapping wings and tiny eyes being scary!! Glad I'm not alone in this fear 🙂 thanks, lovely.

    Heidi xo

  • I V Y March 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    i like lemons.
    follow me on twitter @zebraandmeerkat x

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets March 15, 2011 at 12:34 am

    What a fresh and special meal. They look so happy next to each other :).

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 15, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Sounds wonderfully perfect indeed 🙂

  • Heidi March 17, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Ivy – hehe me too!

    Xiaolu – 🙂 yes they do.

    Lisa – thank you, it was!

    Heidi xo