Ruby’s first school year ended before we knew it and we decided to escape Melbourne for the school holidays. I managed to stay in most parts unplugged, with only the occasional glance at social media and emails on my i-pad. It was surprisingly difficult to peel myself away and fully relax, but I’m so glad I did.
As you’d expect with Victoria’s unpredictable weather and very young children in tow, it wasn’t all lazy days at the beach but thankfully the Mornington Peninsula is blessed with much more than just beautiful beaches.
Organic vegetables, fruit and eggs were sourced locally from local farm gates, we ate fresh cheese made just days before from Red Hill Cheese. We drank local wines from Foxeys Hangout, Stonier, Merricks Estate, Main Ridge, Ballieu Vineyard, Kooyong, 10 Minutes X Tractor, Port Phillip Estate just to name a few.
And when I wasn’t making blueberry cheesecake ice-cream with Biodynamic Blueberries from Drum Drum Farm or preserving freshly picked morello cherries from Ellisfield Farm, we ventured out to our local favourite cafes and restaurants.
Foxey’s Hangout in particular was a fantastic new find. We loved the “just bring it” dining experience where we were randomly fed small plates from the seasonal menu until we were full. The setting is also hard to beat and best of all the kid’s could roam free and play while we stuffed our faces with duck rillettes & sour cherries, avocado, candied walnuts and pancetta, spiced meatballs with yoghurt dip and mushrooms in chargrilled vine leaves. And, drank wine of course. Get there early for lunch (open weekends only) as you can’t make bookings and demand is not surprisingly, very high.