Foxey’s Hangout

Spring seems to be finally here in London. The smell of sunshine when I am outdoors brings a smile to my face. With the summer months ahead, there seems to be so much on already!

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The sunshine transported me back to our Australia trip in December last year. After our wedding in Melbourne, we took a two days ‘mini-moon’ trip down Mornington Peninsula to enjoy the sunshine which London lacks. One of the highlights was a visit to Foxey’s Hangout, a local winery in Red Hill. In the five years that I have lived in Melbourne, I have heard friends talk about this winery but never managed to get round to it.

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We decided to pop in for lunch on a Saturday as the cellar door is open only on weekends and public holidays. As mentioned in Broadsheet (one of my favourite Melbourne lifestyle websites), the food is central to the offering at Foxey’s. I love the fact that it was relatively small and cosy with an outdoor area which looks out onto a gorgeous view of vines.

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As the weather was divine, we chose to sit outside on the terrace under the sun (in hope of a tan!). There was a selection of share plates, and given that it was our first time there, the waitress said we could have a tasting menu of the lot. It worked out well for us! We opted for the chilled rose to accompany our tasting plates. The tones of strawberry and a slight tinge of spice were perfect for the afternoon.

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The selection of plates we had were amazing. The sweetness of the roasted capsicum with the vinegary white anchovies was a delight on white sourdough bread. Then there was the plate of crunchy tasty zucchini fritters.

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The green asparagus with blood orange and a local parmesan cheese was refreshing with a crunch.

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One of my favourite was this simple Flinders tomato plate with feta and mint.
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The quail, no fuss, just with a tad of lemon juice simply added tang to the juicy morsels in our mouth.
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Inspired by the Mediterranean, the philosophy of the food at Foxey’s Hangout is to let the produce speak for itself. Even though the quantity of food was small, the number of plates we had was enough to fill us up and in fact, we left with very happy stomachs. We were really taken by the honest food, a great showing of the local fresh produce as well as the wine we had.

Foxey’s Hangout
795 White Hill Road
Red Hill, Vic, 3937
Australia

+61 3 5989 2022

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ANZAC biccies

The best ANZAC biscuit recipes are ones that deliver a slightly chewy biscuit with lots of rustic oats.  Here’s a recipe which delivers on both factors.  I’ve been using this recipe since I was a little tacker, and am never disappointed.  The key elements to the recipe is it’s low flour content, which doesn’t make them too solid and ‘biscuity’ (if you know what I mean?), and using unrefined whole oats.  Don’t, whatever you do, use instant oats!  The instant oats all mush together and there is no texture.  You need TEXTURE and CHEWINESS!  Another vital step is to rescue the ANZACs from the oven a couple of minutes before they’re cooked.

So, here it is:

2 cups whole oats

1/4 cup flour

1/2 cup brown sugar (tightly packed)

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 tablespoon golden syrup

2 tablespoons boiling water

1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda

1 pinch of salt

Mix all the dry ingredients together.  

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Then mix in the wet.

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Make into small balls and place on a baking tray.  Be careful to leave enough space on the tray for the biscuits to spread – they spread a lot.  Cook for 15 minutes in a 180 C oven.  Keep an eye on them – they may need to come out earlier.

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* Raw ANZAC mixture is by far my favourite mixture to eat from the bowl.  You may notice you make a few more biscuits than I did.  Whoops.

Street Feast London at Merchant Yard

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(Date: 19th April 2013)
This was the second week of Street Feast London.
(Time: 7.10pm)
Located at Merchant Yard this year, it is right next to Haggerston overground station. The weather was very kind on Friday (unlike the rainy Friday before!) and when I arrived, the place was pumping and you could smell delicious food in the air! Mmmmmm… Under the tent, most of the the tables were taken already and there were queues at several stalls.

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I have heard great things about the Rib man and that he actually prepared 200 kilos of ribs for Street Feast that Friday. After sorting ourselves out with beer, we made the call to queue up for ribs. Instead of a £10 extra large rib meat roll, we decided to go all out and got a rack of ribs instead. The #holyf?!k sauce came highly recommended though I have heard scary stories of tears but we took a leap of faith and went for it.

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(Time: 7.35pm)
When it came to our turn in the queue, I was salivating and couldn’t wait to get my hands dirty. Luckily for us, we booked a table at the Gin Store for 7.30pm and headed upstairs to tuck in!

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(Time: 7.45pm)
There was silence. My colleague and I were sitting quietly munching through our ribs. I felt the heat hit me. The sweetness of the sauce is so pleasant and somehow balances out the heat. It was scorching as I felt the first tear roll down my cheek. ‘This is good…’, ‘Delicious’, ‘Oh my god it’s hot!’ and several sticking the tongue out action.

(Time 7.55pm)
There was a huge queue when the dude got to Haggerston and he was complaining that he won’t get in for about half an hour as the line went round the corner down a smaller street… In the end, it took him about 15 minutes and luckily for him, we left ONE rib as a taster.

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(Time 8.30pm)
By the time it was half past eight, more friends came to join us after they got in from the queue. Perfect timing as we just left our table to do our second round of street feast. The Rib Man was sold out(!!!) by this time and the queues were increasing for some of the other stores.

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With a vegetarian friend amongst us, there seemed to be limited choices for her. She ended up having the tofu and shitaake mushroom gyoza (aka dumplings) from Rainbo which she described as delicious. The boys went for ‘The Huge Pole’ and ‘The Big Frank’ from Big Apple hot dogs. There were condiments aplenty eg. Siracha chilli, tomato sauce, french mustard and the lot to please the crowd. Lastly, we had a taste of Bare Grillz skin on fries with green curry mayo (a very interesting flavour!) before we headed off to Dalston to boogie the night away.

Street Feast is on every Friday so grab a few friends and head down east after work for some awesome London street food. We will definitely be heading back there soon!

Here are our tips to survive Street Feast:
– get there early!!!
– bring lots of cash (There is a cash machine across the road but the queue gets massive!)
– be prepared to queue for yummy food. The Rib Man & Ben Spalding’s Stripped Back comes highly recommended.
– you can reserve a table for bigger groups of 8-12 in the Yard or try the Gin store if you have a group of 2-10.

A venture to the East…

The last time I was out at Broadway Market on a Saturday, I was there for Ben Spalding’s Stripped Back. I remembered walking pass Netil Market but didn’t manage to pop in.

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Out the front, there’s always some gorgeous pieces of vintage furniture from G Plan but if you delve into the small market, you will find mostly food stalls – Lucky Chip, Terrone, Italian kitchen and so on. As the dude hasn’t been to the area before, we decided to venture to the east to check out Netil Market one wintry Saturday.

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There was a queue in front of Lucky Chip when we got there. It is clearly popular amongst the market goers. The long line of people did deter the dude a little but I was determined to try it given the recommendation which I got from fellow food bloggers. When we finally got in line, we were told that we were the last people that they were going to serve as they were nearly out of patties!!!

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Whilst waiting for our burgers (20 minutes wait!), we did a mini lap of the market, going through vinyls, checking out second hand bikes at the cycle pit shop before we settled on a coffee at Terrone.

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Terrone‘s coffee beans are hand roasted in small batches in Italy “using a restored 50’s Vittoria“. Their Terrone Ciclista Blend received gold star status at Great Taste Award 2012. Both of us tried their ‘bianco piatto’ aka flat white and were sold. It is always great to discover new coffee places in London and we hope that Terrone is one to stay for the long haul.

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We managed to get a seat and were getting a little too cold for comfort before our Lucky Chip orders came. Our order of the Clint Eastwood veggie burger, Royale with cheese and fries was well worth the wait. Considering that I have tried tons of veggie burgers, given my inability to consume beef… this is one veggie burger not to be missed. Although it was a tad oily to look at, the crunch from the patty to the portobello mushroom mixed with the sweet chilli aioli, this veggie burger is definitely not an afterthought. The flavours were just divine and I inhaled the burger in a couple of minutes. I had the best veggie burger of my life and I can’t stop thinking about it. As for the Royale with cheese, the dude said it was one of the best he has ever had.

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With the weather getting better as we see ‘the start of Spring’ this weekend, I am sure Netil Market is going to be bustling as we get to the summer season. I definitely recommend you checking Netil Market out next Saturday as I am thinking of revisiting rather soon.

Netil Market
every Saturday – from 11-6pm
13 – 23 Westgate street
London Fields
E8 3RL