Easter Lunch in Red Hill

April 29, 2011

This year, my family and I celebrated Easter on Saturday. We’re not religious, we don’t go to Church, (in fact, my younger brother, Jackson, calls Easter Sunday “Chocolate Day”) but we always make sure to get together at Easter for some quality family time. It just so happened that Saturday lunch was most convenient, and so we celebrated a day early. That was fine by me, the sooner I can be with my family the better.

Friday Evening

Friday night Ben and I headed down to Red Hill for a weekend of food and cooking. We had a lovely fish dinner with mum and dad – barbequed red mullet with spicy salsa, and za’atar baked salmon. Lovely. We also sampled some of Dad’s latest icecream and gelati creations – a beautiful peach and a quince scoop.

But before we left for Red Hill, I planned an Easter egg hunt of our own at our little home for two.

I even left the Easter Bunny a carrot…

Our First Morning in Red Hill

Saturday morning I woke early and went for a refreshing run, the crisp air invigorating me just as much, if not more than, the endorphins from the run itself.

How lucky I am to have grown up in such a beautiful corner of the world. I think Red Hill is at it’s most stunning in Autumn, the ground is covered in blankets of orange leaves and the air is filled with the smell of overnight rain that has permeated the soil, encouraging even more vibrant greenery than usual. It really is something special.

When I bounced back through the front door, mum was already in the kitchen – always a good sign that we’re in for a delicious day. A fabulous morning of baking and cooking ensued.

I so love to cook with my mum and dad in the kitchen. It’s a really collaborative, lively process where we discuss the recipe and plan future cooking endeavours. This weekend surpassed all cooking expectations, it was challenging, delicious and completely and utterly blissful.

Jackson, arrived around 11am. My grandparents, Nanna and Roo, arrived at midday. We were all here…happy and hungry.

Time for Lunch

Dad made beautiful Olive Bread in our woodfired oven.

Mum had chosen Nigel Slater’s Spicy Slow-Roast Lamb recipe for lunch (recipe link here). The lamb was cooked at 160 degrees Celsius for 3 and a half hours… why yes, it was. I am sure you can imagine how wonderful it was.

The lamb was served with a simple salad and lemon vinaigrette, and a beautiful cannellini bean mash.

To make the gravy, mum reduced the pan juices down with some wine. It was phenomenally rich.

Everything was scrumptious. Clearly…

After lunch, mum served cake. Delia Smith’s Greek Orange and Honey Syrup Cake with Yoghurt and Pistachios (recipe link here).

This, my friends, is my new favourite cake. I am all about citrus and almond meal. This cake *deep breath* is utterly beautiful. The use of Greek yoghurt as icing is brilliant. As soon as I finished my slice, I requested it for my birthday cake…in September. I loved it that much.

And that was our lovely little Easter in Red Hill. Family, love, togetherness all served with a side of delicious. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?


Lastly, I am thrilled to announce the winner of my blog giveaway. In the end I had to opt for a randomly generated number, as all your comments were so lovely. As much as I thought I could choose my favourite, I couldn’t…

So, congratulations to comment #10, Laura from Heavenly Ingredients. I am so happy to send you a copy of Super Natural Every Day. I hope it brings you much joy and beautiful food.

Heidi xo

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  • thanh7580 April 30, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Looks like you had a great Easter lunch Heidi, even if it was a day earlier. The best part is, "We also sampled some of Dad's latest icecream and gelati creations – a beautiful peach and a quince scoop". What the? Your dad makes ice creams. Now that's pretty awesome already. But peach and quince flavours, two of my favourite fruits. If I had to give up all fruits and only eat one, I'd pick peach. I rarely see peach ice cream and even then it's all artificial flavoured. Mmmmm, I want a scoop of your dad's peach ice cream.

  • Heidi April 30, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Thanh – I may have to do a peach and quince icecream post, then! I'll tell dad that by popular demand (i.e. you and I), we need more peach and quince icrecream in our lives… πŸ™‚
    Heidi xo

  • Hannah April 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Absolutely, that's what life is about. So glad you had a glorious Easter! xoxo

  • Iron Chef Shellie April 30, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    What a delicious Easter you had!! lol chocolate day. We still managed a family feast even with my parents away, but it some how wasn't the same.

    Will have to try this cake! And Red Hill is goooorgeous! x

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 30, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    What a lovely Easter celebration! We're not religious either so it's a chance to spend time with family and friends and eat lots of hot cross buns and chocolate πŸ˜€

  • Michelle Chin April 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    It must be nice to have lots of people around for easter. πŸ™‚

  • Phuoc'n Delicious May 1, 2011 at 12:28 am

    WOW! What a meal! I love Easter hunts! Sadly I never got to experience them when I was younger, now I only get to experience with my bf's 3y0 nephew; we'd run around together looking for eggs and I'll be his basket! lol

    I've bookmarked that cake recipe. I want a piece of that!

  • Blithely Unaware May 1, 2011 at 2:43 am

    I got home from night duty at 8am and walked around the back garden/ front garden and house looking for the easter eggs… THERE WERE NONE. I was tres blue so when Hamish woke up he bought me my magical chicky egg.

    Next year the hunt is ON!

  • Heidi May 1, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Hannah – thank you πŸ™‚

    Michele – I know, "chocolate day" – when he says this I look at him as though this is wrong, but then I realise it's actually kind of true for us… πŸ™‚

    Lorraine – celebrating our own religion, then πŸ˜‰

    Michelle – aw I wish you had lots of family around you to celebrate also! I'm very very lucky. I hope you had a nice Easter!

    Phuoc – yay, I hope you like the cake! & yes, that's a great way to keep the hunt alive – latch onto the little ones! πŸ™‚

    Blithely Unaware – oh no, how heartbreaking!! A magical chicky egg is always a good remedy. Next year it had better be amazing!! I must admit mine was a little rushed this year. Next year I may go all out…

    Heidi xo

  • msihua May 1, 2011 at 10:47 am

    What a beautiful Easter lunch.. I can't get over how yummy the lamb and the gravy looks! And a cannelini bean mash! Brilliant!! Compliments to your parents for a feast for the eyes πŸ™‚

  • Anna Johnston May 1, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Now that does look like a beautiful family foodie gathering. Love the carrot you've left out for Bugs, I do hope he stopped long enough for a taste πŸ™‚

  • Heidi May 1, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Msihua – I will tell them, thank you! The lamb was amazing… we'll definitely make it again.

    Anna – I hope so too! It was a lovely gathering πŸ™‚

    Heidi xo

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 3, 2011 at 4:27 am

    I love that you still do the egg hunt. This was a tradition in my family at Easter even if I already was grown-up. But now I can't partake anymore because I live too far away. Boo. πŸ™

    The lambs looks so delicious! Also, all that amazing green in your salad! I wish I had eaten with you! πŸ™‚

  • Heidi May 3, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Kath – that's tough being away from your family. I wish you could have eaten with us too! But I guess we're even further away for you πŸ˜›
    Heidi xo

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