Father’s Day at Red Hill

September 6, 2011

It’s been a while since I’ve written a ‘Weekend at Red Hill’ post. Too long, in fact. The truth is, it’s been a very long time since I have been down to Red Hill for more than a couple of hours, what with my recent travels overseas, and just generally being very busy with work and life. Needless to say, my mind, body and soul were positively craving a visit. Luckily this weekend we had a lovely excuse – Father’s Day.

Ben and I headed down Saturday night for a low-key night in. We made Pizza and drank red wine.

I love making pizza dough, it’s such fun to knead and shape.

Simple pizza was on the menu – just tomatoes, rocket, olives, manchego (my favourite) and mozzarella.


Father’s Day Breakfast

Early Sunday morning Ben and I made Dad breakfast (well, it was around 8:30am…that’s early for a Sunday, right?). Our little creation (born due to leftover pizza dough from the night before) took two attempts – the first was a little wet. I think we need to try a new pizza dough recipe, perhaps. Despite some soggy roadblocks, we got there in the end…

Here is our inspired creation (read: experiment) that Dad every so kindly consumed for his Father’s Day Breakfast. The Breakfast Pizza

With a tomato passata base, tomatoes, parmesan, marinated white anchovies, an egg from their chickens. Topped with Boks Bacon (the best) and rocket. Yes, it was a little spunky.

Presents were given, including Whisky Stones, chocolate and The Flavour Thesaurus.


Father’s Day Lunch

Before lunch Dad made us a cocktail using his new ice shaver. He served us a tiny glass of Orange Brûlée. Holy Father’s Day, this was incredibly delicious. I adore Amaretto. Cheers.

Orange Brûlée

Recipe (Xavier Laigle) – found on Dad’s Cocktails #8 app (by Simon Difford)
1½ shot Luxardo Amaretto di Saschira
1½ shot Grand Marnier liqueur
¾ shot Courvoisier V.S.O.P cognac
¼ shot Double (heavy) cream


Shake the first three ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass. Float a thin layer of cream over drink and turn glass to spread evenly.To garnish, dust with cocoa powder


For lunch mum made a divine Neil Perry lamb dish (recipe link). It was a stunner. Cinnamon-Scented Lamb

served with Couscous

Green Beans

and Roasted Baby Carrots from the Red Hill Market.

These were heavenly. Baby carrots are a true favourite of mine. Delicious, sticky, roasted perfection. Let’s see them again, I can’t help myself…


Jackson (my brother) was attempting to enjoy eggplant – points for trying.

Maybe one day?

Or not. I think his expression below says it all…

Wholegrain Sourdough Cob – for mopping up the juices 😉

It was a really beautiful dish. Thanks, Mum. You’re beyond amazing.

As we ate, we drank delicious local Seven Oaks Farmhouse


Tea and Canelés for dessert. These little French cakes are fast becoming a favourite of mine. Mum picked these beautiful Canelés up at the Red Hill Market the day before (mental note, make sure I get down to the next Market to buy these lovelies!)

All in all it was everything a weekend at Red Hill should be… full of good food, laughs and cuddles from those I love. Happy Father’s Day, Dad. You’re far more than a great father, you’re a great friend. And you attend Cheese-Making Courses! Why that’s just the icing on the stilton.

Look at him and his cheese – he’s so proud. I am too 🙂

Love you, Dad.

Heidi xo
  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 6, 2011 at 7:46 am

    everything looks so deliciously delightful!!

    ps – what is manchego?

  • Heidi September 6, 2011 at 8:20 am

    It's a Spanish sheep's milk cheese – delicious! In my mind, it's a mix between parmesan and pecorino. i.e. heaven 🙂 xo

  • Michelle Chin September 6, 2011 at 9:12 am

    i love your kitchen! the last picture gave away your quaint looking kitchen. :))))

    Sigh, reading this post makes me feel a little homesick

  • Hannah September 6, 2011 at 10:42 am

    There's something so beautiful about how restorative spending time with family can be. I'm so close with all of my family, and look forward to my Saturday afternoons with my parents, my phones calls with my brother, and my visits with my grandparents so much. I love knowing that you, too, get filled up with happiness through spending time with your loved ones 🙂

    I'm rambling a little, but this is a lovely post, and I wanted to let you know that. Oh, and to give Jackson a high five: eggplants, ew! 😛

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds September 6, 2011 at 11:05 am

    That pizza looks yum – although I must admit I had to google Manchengo as I'd never heard of it. A new cheese to hunt down and try, hooray!

  • Leah September 6, 2011 at 11:26 am

    what a wonderful weekend! Manchengo cheese is heavenly!!

  • Heavenly Ingredients September 6, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    yum, manchego on pizza, I have to try that! I don't think they ever melt it in Spain, but think it's a great idea

  • Lisa September 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    What an awesome father's day. My father is not a fan of "hallmark" holidays and we all had a busy weekend with various things, so other than phone calls it went unremarked. There are plans to take him out for yum cha, but somehow I don't think it could quite compete with that awesome day of food.

  • Sig September 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    What a wonderful Father's Day! I love homemade pizza and what a novel idea for breakfast!

    Ok this is going to sound like a weird question – but how does your mum (or if you know!) get the cous cous to be so nice and fluffy??! Everytime I have tried it's soggy and lumpy. I've basically been banned from making it which is a shame since I really like it.

    PS – haha the word verification for submitting my comment was 'Eaties' 😛

  • chopinandmysaucepan September 6, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Looks like a beautiful time spent with your family and I love the look of your Neil Perry lamb dish. How cool is that, a father attending cheese making courses?!

  • Blithely Unaware September 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I read this in the morning as I was leaving work on my phone and my first thought was YES MANCHEGO!!! NOW I HAVE ANOTHER USE FOR IT!!! I've got a block of it in my fridge and didn't know what else to do with it!!!!

    Looks like you had a relaxing, happy Father's Day. That pizza looks sensational and I LOVE that your pappa has made cheese!! Rad or what!?!


  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    What a wonderful Father's Day for your dad! And I adore caneles. They seem to have taken off more in Victoria than they have here!

  • Heidi September 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Michelle – hugs! I do love their Kitchen 🙂

    Hannah – haha, I'll pass that on! Thanks for the love, I'm so pleased you liked this post 🙂 & yes, I get the same vibe from you – so much family love.

    Julia – it truly is delicious!! Enjoy 🙂

    Leah – high five!

    Laura – I do love it unmelted too, it's so yummy 🙂

    Lisa – it was pretty epic, mum did an amazing job! Yum Cha sounds lovely.

    Sig – eaties, love it! Perfect 🙂 I emailed my mum for her description (I now make it without even thinking of the process), so here is what she wrote:
    put cc in bowl, add spices..tumeric, cumin, cinnamon for this dish. Then knobs of butter or similar-about 2 teaspoons dotted around. Pour boiling water til a smidgen over top, fork through quickly til butter melted then cover with teatowel. Stand 6 mins, fork through to break it up. You can add dried cranberries, currants , chopped chives etc before the water.

    Thanks, mum!

    chopinandmysaucepan – pretty cool 🙂 yes the lamb was amazing!

    Blithely Unaware – oh so rad, he's a rockstar 😛

    Lorraine – interesting, such a shame! Although I didn't absolutely love them first few times. Now I do!

    Heidi xo

  • The InTolerant Chef September 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    What a lovely day to share with your dad. I love my flavour thesaurus it's awesome. When I was little I would go to the liquor cabinet and mix up a glass of whatever I could find in there- the more colourful the better, and force my dad to drink it with his fathers day breakfast. I was so proud, and he always managed to choke it down. I'm sure your dad's cocktail was much, much nicer 🙂

  • chutneyandspice September 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    What a gastranomique family you have, I love the fact that you all contributed something to the food on fathers' day, and it all looks delicious.

  • Yasmeen September 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Looks like an absolutely wonderful feast! The pizzas look delicious.

    I grew up eating dishes like the cinnamon lamb and cous cous… absolutely making me homesick just thinking about it 🙂

  • msihua September 7, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    You are such a sweet daughter! HAhahaha.. your brother's face as he's eating the eggplant.. poor thing! Mine looks worst eating brussels sprouts 😛

  • Ashley September 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Aww, what a lovely father's day! 🙂 Mine was overseas and I was in Sydney, so no celebrations for us…

    I love the concept for a breakfast pizza! Surprised more places haven't thought of serving that up…!

  • Heidi September 9, 2011 at 9:08 am

    InTolerant Chef – awe what a sweet story!

    chutneyandspice – we do have fun together 🙂

    Yasmeen – I'm glad it reminded you of home 🙂

    Msihua – I love brussels sprouts! But I know you're not alone in hating them 😛

    Ashley – yes we saw it quite a lot in the USA, cool idea!

    Heidi xo

  • Iron Chef Shellie September 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    you had me at breakfast pizza… lol

    I have that book but haven't looked at it all that much.. mainly cos I have about 50 million cookbooks (slight exaggeration :P)


  • Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy September 11, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    What a positively magical weekend! Every photo is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!