A Long Weekend of Red Hill Eats

June 15, 2012

Are you ready for this? Brace yourself, folks.

I must profess, we started out with rather modest intentions for a little weekend getaway at my parents’ house in Red Hill. We envisaged rugging up by the fire, clasping mugs of hot tea in our hands and enjoying toe-warming meals. And indeed all this loveliness did take place. But then it turned into a bit of an eating extravaganza. More and more opportunities for yum popped up. It had been a while since we’d delighted in a Red Hill weekend of yum. And so we rolled with it, taking every pie in our stride.

It turned into quite the delicious three days.

Ben and I visited many locations and purchased an array of beautiful produce, re-familiarising ourselves with the wonder that is the Mornington Peninsula. It really is a special corner of the world.

Morning walks and jogs helped stimulate our apparently ravenous appetites. Walks at Red Hill are one of my favourite things. In the world. Ever. So that’s what we did. We walked and we ate food. We had a lovely time with my parents and grandparents, also. I’m lucky to have such beautiful people around me who appreciate deliciousness as much as I do. Yes, we had quite the fabulous long weekend.

So here we go, our eating long weekend.


A late breakfast at Shop Ate, in Mt Eliza.

Gravlax, poached eggs, fennel and parmesan salad.

Italian doughnuts. Otherwise known as heaven.


A late lunch at Somers General Store.

Calamari with lime, steak sandwich with caramelised onions and beetroot relish, chips with aioli and a rocket and fennel salad.

Chocolate cake. Soft, nutty, super moist, rich and decidedly nutella-esque. So understandably, it was completely delicious.


At Casa Mum and Dad.

Cocktails. I’m unsure what this was exactly. Although I am sure it was tasty.

Venison carpaccio with capers and horseradish cream (made using my parent’s homegrown horseradish).

Sicilian venison steaks with celeriac puree (recipe link). We were completely spoilt by Mum and Dad with that venison. It. Was. Divine.


Leftover wedding sorbet.


Pier Provedore in Flinders for breakfast.

We shared scrambled eggs with loads of veggie goodness and an egg and bacon ciabatta. Plus lovely lattes.

And then we bought apples. Which we left at Red Hill. Tear.


Afternoon tea with Nana and Roo.



Johnny Ripe pie for dinner. A family beef pie. Everything about this pie was perfect. Quality ingredients translates to exceptional taste, my friends. I then made Ben watch Downton Abbey.


Wine tasting at Port Phillip Estate.


Then onto Foxeys Hangout for more wine and lunch-time eats. The food was all incredibly delicious. Foxeys is a real favourite.

Bread with olive oil and pistachio spice, quail, duck rillettes, mushrooms in vine leaves, leek with goats cheese and orange, lamb meatballs.

Vanilla ice-cream brick with hot chocolate sauce, plus blue cheese and figs in port.

And there you go, friends, a long weekend of Red Hill eats. Endless amounts of yum.

Did I do you proud? I think so. I highly recommend all the above deliciousness, I know some have been asking after Red Hill recommendations. Do head down there, it’s a beautiful place.

Now to save my pennies. It shall be soup and beans for a week.

Heidi xo
  • nourishingcrunch June 15, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I said to my girlfriends during the week we should head down that way for a weekend of good food and wine or even a day trip considering we only live an hour away! All looks amazing

  • Anonymous June 15, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Your blog always encourages me to go searching for food! Good food! I feel hungry just looking at it, even though I just had breakfast not long ago. Not sure if this is a good or bad thing. LOL.

  • Emma - Living through our renovations... June 15, 2012 at 10:39 am


    I feel full just reading this post!

  • Lisa June 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Oh that looks like my kind of weekend. And such a classy food post as compared to the one I just wrote about my deep and abiding love for hot chips!

  • Ashley June 15, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Wow! What an awesome weekend! Love how doughnuts = heaven. Just about right I'd say! 🙂

  • michelle June 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Seriously how do you stay so skinny, I just put on a kilo reading your post!

  • Heidi June 15, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    nourishing crunch – yes you should! It's so nice that it's not so far but feels a million miles away.

    Anonymous – hehe I'm well happy it inspires you to eat good food!

    Emma – I felt full writing it!

    Lisa – hehe awe thanks 🙂

    Ashley – yes, these ones really are heaven…love.

    Michelle – haha oh dear. Well it's all portions. And staying very active. & I don't eat cake or doughnuts during the week 😉 all in moderation!

    Heidi xo

  • Heidi June 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    & Michelle, we shared a lot of that food. I didn't have calamari, steak sandwich, chips and cake all to myself!! xo

  • Oh, Natalie.. June 15, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I am going to Red Hill for my next weekend away thanks to you! & upon telling Mummy that, she told me my late grandmother (passed before I was born) grew up there, so even more incentive! Can't wait! x

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I must admit that I stopped and drooled for a good 30 seconds at the Italin doughnuts. They look so crispy and fresh! And I'll bet that with meals like that, the rain outside doesn't even bother 🙂

  • mamacino June 15, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    That is some awesome eating! I'm impressed…when we were in Italy, we all used to 'offer' to go and buy the bread for the day…"I'll go", "no, let me", "no, I insist"…because we used to sneak in a sneaky bombolini con marmalata (Italian Jam Doughnut) on the way home!

  • Michelle Chin June 15, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    now i am super sure where you've inherited your love towards food from. 🙂

  • Hannah June 15, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Proud beyond measure, beyond imagining. Bless. xo

  • The InTolerant Chef June 15, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Oooh, look at those doughnuts! Yummo!

  • Heidi June 16, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Natalie – oh really? Red Hill connection!! Have a blast, lovely! Tweet me if you get lost hehe 🙂

    Lorraine – oh those doughnuts are totally stop and drool worthy 🙂

    Mamacino – love it!! 😉

    Michelle – indeed 🙂

    Hannah – love xo

    InTolerant Chef – yummmm!

    Heidi xo

  • Hannah June 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Wow! Glad I have just eaten, because that is some intense yummy eats! Is there anything better than a homemade pie… the flaky pastry…mmm 🙂 x

  • Anonymous June 17, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Intentions not intensions. Also parents' house not parent's house unless only one of them owns it 🙂

  • Heidi June 17, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Hannah – very intense 🙂

    Anonymous – well aren't you the grammar king, thanks for looking out for me. All fixed 😉

    Heidi xo

  • Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef June 17, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Holy cow what a weekend of food. I feel heavier just looking at the photos. I'm also insanely jealous.

    I have never eaten Italian doughnuts. I'm off to Google them now.

  • chopinandmysaucepan June 17, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Dear Heidi,

    Looks like a beautiful weekend of food and family, life can't get any better than that! Love the look of the quails with those seared marks.

  • Heidi June 18, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Maureen – they're divine!

    Chopin – the quail were the best I've had! I have limited quail experience, but my seasoned parents agree that they were sooooo good.

    Heidi xo

  • Iron Chef Shellie June 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Wowsers! That's like when I went to Sydney, hard core eating 😛

    Foxey's serve some great food, and the view aint bad either! x