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My novel, Another New York Murder, is available online.
Published August 29th 2013
Let the food match your surrounds
The Red Hill Caterers Cafe and Store –not to be confused to Cellar and Pantry Red Hill Grocer in Red Hill South- is a cafe and providore but feels like much more. It's like someone has opened their doors for you to help yourself. Come inside and make yourself at home.
Take a Seat
We ventured to the courtyard which is more like a backyard and puts most cafe courtyards to shame. The seating is on the edge of large planter boxes holding their fresh produce. Herbs, veggies, even rhubarb grows wildly behind you as you sit and sip your coffee. The kids love it too. Kid friendly here doesn't just mean a basket of toys in the corner. They can run freely around the backyard and even take a breather in the cubby house while you finish your muffin or toast.
The courtyard is watched over by majestic gum trees inhabited by rosellas and kookaburras. Sitting here on a misty morning with all sounds from the road sucked from the air, it wouldn't matter how good the eggs and coffee were, it would still be bliss.
Normally my breakfast of choice is a trusty Benedict but this particular morning I opted for the Spanish Style scrambled eggs. Now, I've never been to Spain and it remains one of my true travel regrets, even more so after tasting these eggs. The simple dash of lemon infused olive oil made these eggs taste light, sweet and refreshing. It even came garnished with a nasturtium which promptly ended up in my daughter's hair.
The Sensational Spanish Style Eggs from Red Hill Caterers
Red Hill Caterers also has a back deck where you can lounge in a wicker chair and read the paper with a coffee and a pastry as the worries of the world fade away.
If you want to take this experience home with you, Red Hill Caterers also has an extensive selection of take home meals large and small. From pastas, pies, preserves, to salads, soups and sauces, there is enough here for a week's worth of culinary splendour. All the dishes are thick and richly home-made. If you have guests, you could almost convince them you made it yourself. Almost!
Take me home!
Red Hill Caterers is at 1008 Mornington-Flinders road in Red Hill. They're open for Breakfast and Lunch every day and for dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.