Smoked Salmon, Crème Fraîche and Tarragon Pasta in Red Hill

January 26, 2012

Last weekend Ben and I headed down to Red Hill for a Simple Sunday Session. It had been a whole month since we’d been down, which is absurd. Far too long.

Dusty roads and sunshine.

Simple Lunch Fare

After arriving at my parents’ house we promptly settled in for a spot of lunch outside. It was a glorious, dramatically sunny day. It truly felt like Summer.

We grazed on Caprese Salad, Olive Bread, Mum and Dad’s homemade Chutney, leftover thinly sliced Roast Beef and Dad’s homemade Fetta.

With local Apple Cider.

I don’t mind if I do!

A Sublime Swim

After lunch Ben and I ducked out for a swim at Point Leo beach. It was placid and peaceful and so completely what I needed. I implore you all to take advantage of the Summer while it’s here and embrace the beauty that is diving into the salty sea. Ahhhh it’s sublime. I remember spending entire days at the beach during the Summer, playing with friends, swimming and catching ten (read: one) metre waves until every inch of my being was utterly exhausted. I miss that.

I need more beach in my life.

Salmon for Supper

After our swim we did a little Wedding planning with the folks. This coming weekend we’re on for a bit of a Wedding Working Bee, all fun little tasks like cutting name tags, making signs and getting our music playlist together. No doubt we’ll be fuelled by more deliciousness.

For dinner, Mum and Dad made a beautiful pasta dish. It’s now firmly favoured in my mind as the dish for a weekend or dinner party treat. The flavours were gorgeous, and it was supremely light. You know how some dishes just sit so nicely? Yes. True soul food.

Smoked Salmon, Crème Fraîche and Tarragon Pasta (recipe link).

Mum and Dad used half the quantity of crème fraîche (which was more than enough!) and they were brilliantly generous with the tarragon. And as a final touch, they topped this beautiful dish with some dill. Lovely. Oh, and they used this pasta below, after a recommendation from some true Italian foodies. It was perfection. Pappardelle makes my heart sing.

Spoons were required for a final scoop of Wedding Eats research

I think we’ve found what we’re looking for, however I think I’d best continue my research. Just to make sure I’m absolutely certain…

Heidi xo
  • Leah January 26, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Oh my favourite bit was all the food sampling for my wedding. All the cake, dinners, desserts etc I was in heaven….
    Just around the corner now Heidi!!!! So excited for you 😀

  • leaf (the indolent cook) January 26, 2012 at 11:31 am

    What a lovely visit. The pasta sounds gorgeous – I'm a big fan of pappardelle too. Oh, and enjoy your wedding research! 🙂

  • Michelle Chin January 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    caprese salad looks lovely. 🙂

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Heidi, your lovely trips to Red Hill are always so fun and evocative! You make it sound so warm and magical there 🙂

  • Hannah January 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    So glad you were able to fill your heart with Red Hill happiness once more, my darling! And oooh, two more sleeps until the Wedding Working Bee? How exciting! xo

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) January 26, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Aww, looks wonderful again, Heidi! I love tarragon, it's one of my favorite herbs. 🙂

  • Heidi January 27, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Leah – thanks, lovely 🙂

    Leaf – pappardelle is so silky and slipper and superb 🙂 thank you!

    Michelle – thanks! It's such a favourite.

    Lorraine – awe how lovely, thank you 🙂

    Hannah – SO exciting 🙂 xo

    Kath – mmm I'm only just getting into it, it's truly wonderful, hey?

    Heidi xo

  • Blithely Unaware January 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Omg omg omg is that final photo the secret you told me about?!

    Eeeeeeeeeeep I am SO excited for you and Ben, can't wait to see more, more, more wedding photos!!


  • Heidi January 28, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Blithely Unaware – indeed it is!!!!! Thank you lady, I know you're driving the wedding blog love! & I love it 🙂 Dying to share more. soon 🙂 xo

  • Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan January 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Dear Heidi,

    That caprese salad looks delightful and it's one of my favourites too especially with a healthy drizzle of EVOO. Such vibrant colours of Italy too! I think everyone can use a bit more beach in their lives 🙂 Happy counting down to the big day 🙂

  • Heidi January 30, 2012 at 7:02 am

    chopin – thank you, & you're right, everyone can use more beach 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Lisa January 30, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Gorgeous weekend! I hit the beach on the two actual summer days this season has given us this weekend only to find it filled with chopped, slimy seaweed from a storm – your beach looks much more to my taste.

    As was your meal. Oh my (other than the tarragon which I would definitely replace with dill) that looks like the perfect meal.

  • fingerforkknife February 7, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Pt Leo Beach is also my little spot of paradise – that whole side of the Peninsula really! Very easy to be inspired when one is surrounded by such beauty and fresh, local produce. Great pictures and your Caprese Salad looks delish!