Dad’s Birthday Pheasant

November 8, 2012

Because who wouldn’t want pheasant on their birthday?

Another rosy Red Hill lunch with loved ones. Life is good down there. Food always tastes that little bit more special. Cakes are always involved. Cakes or tarts…maybe a crumble. It’s such a scrumptious ritual.

Happy birthday, Dad. Your constant support and creativity both ground and inspire me. I love you.

Let’s eat.

Salad making and recipe research.

Pheasant time (recipe link).

Dad’s creations are ever-welcome. Especially this chartreuse ice-cream (recipe link).

Just a taste…

Although none of us could guess what flavour it was. Maybe that’s a sign I need to drink more French liqueur.

I decided not to douse my ice-cream in chocolate sauce, preferring the naked flavour. How rude.

But this silky cocoa stream did make for a pretty picture…

Time for cake. A freshly baked, warm homely apple pepper pot cake (recipe link) with fragrance and zest. Lashings of rich, earthly, molten spiced syrup replaced candles this year. And I quite think Dad preferred the syrup.



I took a quarter of this cake home. Ok, maybe a third.

Happy birthday, Dad. I hope you enjoyed your birthday pheasant. And I hope you felt spending hours plucking the birds was worth it. I appreciate you and your dedication to deliciousness. Sorry for taking so much cake home.

Heidi xo
  • Sig November 8, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Sigh. I love your weekends and celebrations in Red Hill. THAT FOOD!!! Makes me want to go back and just lay roots there.

    Happy birthday to your Dad – what a wonderful birthday pheasant it was 🙂

  • D November 8, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Amazing! I am so jealous of the time you get to spend with your family. Every meal looks like a feast.

  • Hannah November 8, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Pheasant sounds positively Jane Austen-esque, and therefore I love it almost as much as I'd've loved to fight you for the leftover cake. Happy birthday to your wonderful dad.

  • Pork Chop's Nest November 8, 2012 at 11:03 am

    OMG that looks amazing! 🙂

  • Not Quite Nigella November 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Goodness me, what I wouldn't give to be a guest there-it all looks so tantalising! But it also felt like I was there with you, tasting it all 😀 Happy Birthday to your dad!

  • Leah November 8, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Happy birthday to your father!
    Wow the food you have at red hill always makes me so hungry. It looks amazing and delicious.

  • Hena Tayeb November 9, 2012 at 6:19 am

    mm yum. Happy Birthday to your dad.

  • Heidi November 9, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Sig – thanks, lovely! It's a beautiful place, for sure

    Danni – yeah it's always a thing 🙂 we're v lucky.

    Hannah – thanks, beautiful. & you're so right, it's SO Jane Austen-esque 😉

    Pork Chop – it was tasty!

    Lorraine – thanks, lady 🙂

    Leah – thank you, lovely!

    Hena – thanks so much!

    Heidi xo

  • leaf (the indolent cook) November 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Heheh, I like the word play with pheasant sounding so similar to present. Looks delicious, and happy birthday to your dad!

  • xoCATox November 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Happy Birthday to your dad!

    What a meal. Looks so hearty and comforting! A beautiful celebration x

  • mylovelybites November 9, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Oh my, that Apple Pepper Pot Cake looks delicious…I mean, it all looks delicious to be fair, but I have a thing for apples and that's a apples-lover dream 🙂 & Happy Birthday to your Dad, I love celebrations! ^_^

  • denitapreston November 10, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Your dad is the best! Glad he had a wonderful birthday feast. After his amazing limoncello making, I have no doubt the ice cream incredible.

    I want to try all of it!

    Love De xx

  • Hannah November 10, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Beautiful photos as always! And the food! The cake looks incredible.. I can understand why you wanted to take it home 🙂 x

  • Heidi November 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Leaf – hehe thanks 😉

    Cat – thanks!!

    mylovelybites – you'd LOVE this cake if you're an apple lover! It's quite heavy on the orange zest flavour too, which is lovely.

    De – wish you were here to have some, De!! Love love xo

    Hannah – hehe yes, I retain that I cannot be blamed!!

    Heidi xo

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet November 11, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Happy Birthday to your Dad 🙂 Heidi!

    I don't think I've ever had a pheasant before, but would love to ~ It looks lovely!

    I love reading your posts in Red Hill 🙂 I've never visited it but would love go on a weekend getaway with my boyfriend ~

  • Blithely Unaware November 12, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I am going to basically base camp in Red hill for your dad's birthday next year and just 'magically' turn up.

    It all looks comforting, delicious and full of love.
    The perfect birthday combo.


  • Lisa @ Blithe Moments November 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Oh pheasant is on my must try list and this looks gorgeous! Happy birthday to your Dad.