Wine. Easter. Family. Food.

April 16, 2012

A celebration of togetherness calls for gastronomic decoration. That’s how it goes in our household. It always has. More so, recently.

When you lose a loved one, you’re drawn to that which brings you comfort. The cathartic, creative practice of cooking does that for me. My parents too. And so on holidays, when it gets particularly tough, togetherness and cooking is always on the menu. It’s assumed.

We gather at my parent’s house in Red Hill and decorate the space with earthy aromas, baskets of bulbous fresh tomatoes from the garden and honest little mounds of languid dough balls, sitting in a bowl on the floor, over in the corner near the fridge. Edging towards the warmth to help it on it’s journey. Cooking helps.

Wine also helps.

How nice of Wine Selectors to send me a couple of bottles, right in time for Easter. These wines are a part of their Regular Deliveries program, whereby you can select a series and have them delivered. With benefits and all that jazz. I must thank Carla, from Keep Left PR for the chance to taste these beauties. I don’t say no to wine – I’m from Red Hill. I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to do so.

On the Saturday night of the Easter long weekend, Ben and I went down to Red Hill. We stayed for two nights. Bliss. On Sunday our family came together for food. We made hot cross buns and exchanged chocolate. And did a lot of cooking…

Tomato and Mushroom Tarts (recipe).

Sunday Lunch with my Grandparents.

Smoked Trout and Olive Oil Toasts to start…

With Helm Classic Dry Riesling 2011 (link).

I enjoyed this Riesling. I’m sort of a Riesling novice, rather I tend to gravitate towards Sauvignon Blanc – dry, never sweet. This Riesling was lovely, without the biting “hello” that some whites have. The quality speaks for itself, I guess. Even my parents, who have a long established favouritism towards red wine, enjoyed this white (and that is saying something).

Tart time. My favourite time of day.

Sunday Dinner.

It would seem that Ben and I were particularly lazy in the latter part of the day, as mum and dad did all of the cooking. They prepared a bounty of beautiful food for us, and all we did was sit back and bask in the deliciousness. I suppose we provided the wine…can we call it even then?

Riposte by Tim Knappstein No 1 Pinot Noir 2010 (link)

Again we were surprised by this wine. Usually we move away from Pinot Noir, finding it a tad…dilute. I like body in my reds. It has to do it’s job and fill my veins me with a rich, romantic lava, leaving me content, soothed. I like soul-enriching reds. This red was indeed soothing and satisfying, dare I say soul-enriching. It was delightfully more complex than a lot of pinots I have had in the past. I would absolutely buy this Pinot Noir again.

Dad’s homemade Ricotta Bread, a Daniel Leader recipe (see this link for a near recipe).


Slow Roasted Lamb (recipe) cooked in the wood fired oven, Potato Spirals (recipe) and a Simple Salad with homegrown tomatoes.


Wine. Easter. Family. Food.

Enough said.

Heidi xo
  • Michelle Chin April 16, 2012 at 7:30 am

    ooh nice feast you have!

  • Leah April 16, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Perfection indeed!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 16, 2012 at 8:42 am

    pure delight!!

  • xoCATox April 16, 2012 at 9:15 am

    You always seem to have the most delicious, hearty, homemade food with the best produce! Lucky girl 🙂

  • Oh, Natalie.. April 16, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Oh yummy, especially at those potato spirals.

    I became a Riesling fan over Summer – I've never liked Sauvignon Blanc, but am a huge fan of Semillon. If you find a 2004 Mount Elizabeth one, pick it up & try if you haven't; not expensive & very nice. My Dad makes Pinot so I have drunk it since childhood, but I can't help myself over a good Cab Sav.

    Goodness I wish this virus would go away so I could have a glass of wine!

  • Iron Chef Shellie April 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    ahhhh how I want to be adopted by your family 😛

    Lucky you receiving wines! Perfect occassion to share them, and especially amazing food to match!

  • Lisa April 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I love Helm wines. They are from the Canberra region and really do make a lovely drop.

    It must have been the year for greek-style slow roasted lamb. I loved it so much I've been thinking of an occasion to make it again. Will happen soon I think.

  • hollypop April 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    i love hearing about wine.
    i never know which ones to choose.
    i usually steer away from pinot too, but being from the peninsula i try to give them a go every once in a while 😉
    i have a bottle of red hill pinot noir waiting for company to come over. i mean, of course, that i havent opened it yet!
    the potato spirals are nutso.
    why are there so many radical ways to eat potatoes?

  • Heidi April 16, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Michelle – so much deliciousness!

    Leah – oh yeah 🙂

    Lisa – yesss!

    Cat – so very lucky 🙂

    Natalie – oh that's the worse part, isn't it! Lucky you growing up with homemade pinot! I'm such a cab sad girl, my mum is too. Yes I'm keen to get into Rieslings now. Get well soon!

    Michele – yes very lucky, it was a lot of fun! & hehehe we'll gladly adopt you. although your family seems to be into deliciousness also, so that's just awesome 🙂

    Lisa – yes big props to the Canberra region, impressed!!! & yes, high five for Greek lamb love 🙂

    Holly – because potatoes are AWESOME! they were indeed nuts, well said, lady. Enjoy that pinot!! yum. Maybe I'll become a pinot girl after all…

    Heidi xo

  • Hannah April 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Oh Heidi, my darling. Several times in these past few weeks, as I've cried over Jerome, hugged my brother with fierceness and felt beyond-words devastated for Jerome's sister's loss, I've thought of you and David and hated, just hated, that this is something you've gone through.

    I'm so grateful that your family comes together with such love, and not just on major holidays.

    Thinking of you. xo

  • Adrian (Food Rehab and What The Heck Is Filipino Food) April 17, 2012 at 12:09 am

    What a slammin Easter! A whole lotta booze and good booze mind you.

    Potato Spirals?- Yes please!

  • Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan April 17, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Dear Heidi,

    The food looks absolutely sensational, how good are the colours of that tomato tart and why didn't I think of it?

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 17, 2012 at 10:30 am

    What a wondrous spread Heidi. This is a wonderful way to remember David. I have a feeling he loves these gatherings as much as you do x

  • Heidi April 17, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Hannah – thanks, lovely. You're so divine. Thinking of you too xo

    Adrian – a slammin Easter indeed 🙂 the potatoes were ridiculous!

    Chopin – go make one now!!

    Lorraine – thank you, lady. That's really lovely. I think so too 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Hannah April 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    I love the vibrant colour of those tomatoes! The tarts look simply stunning. I'm feeling totally inspired to make savoury tarts, after exams I shall bake like a crazy lady 😀 x

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet April 18, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Oh wow your whole family are such talented chefs 🙂 The tarts look amazing! I'm a newbie to Reisling too actually a newbie to drinking in general hehe ~

  • Ashley April 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    How perfect, you guys always have the most delicious looking meals! 🙂

  • Heidi April 19, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Hannah – hurrah to baking like a crazy lady!! I love tarts so much. Good luck for your exams!

    Daisy – hehe, I love a good wine 😉

    Ashley – thanks! It was all incredibly yummy 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 3, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Aww, this looks wonderful! I certainly missed my family on the Easter weekend!

    Wine I do love a lot. Mmmmmm! 😀 And I also love all the different kinds of tomatoes you put on that tarte. Looks wonderful!

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