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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Figgin great summer salad

Summer eating is all about making the most of the amazing fruits on offer.  Without a doubt the best season for food, I often find myself adding sweet summer fruits to salads.  Mangoes, grapes, cherries, figs… The list goes on.

This fig and feta salad is delicious and can be whipped up in minutes (which means you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time outside having a pre-dinner G&T as the sun goes down)…

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Bag of rocket
1 slice of Greek feta, crumbled
2 handfuls of walnuts, toasted
4-5 figs, cut into quarters (I allow 1 fig per person, plus 1 for good measure)
Balsamic, drizzled on top

Arrange rocket on a plate, cut figs into quarters and scatter over the top.  Crumble the feta and add the toasted walnuts.  Drizzle with a balsamic.  Serves 4.

*This salad is also delicious with prosciutto.