How to Make Baked Ham Like a Boss

baked ham

how to make baked ham like a boss

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Fossey’s Baked Christmas Ham

Just before Christmas, we made something delicious. 
Our very own Fossey’s Baked Ham.
Featuring the most worthy of glazes using Navel Orange, Fossey’s Redgum Rum & our own Gin Jam, this is an absolute crowd pleaser!


Juice 1 whole orange
100ml Fossey’s Redgum Rum (possibly more
1 jar of Fossey’s Gin Jam
Mix together.


Gently remove the ham rind.
Score the fat diagonally all fancy shamncy.
Pop ham on a rack over baking paper lined tray.
Pour over glaze mix.
Continue to baste with glaze mix every 15-20 minutes.
Google tells us to bake at 180 per kg, but you do you with your timing and temp.
Half way through your cook time (or even the beginning of it’s a smaller ham) tip over another jar of Fossey’s Gin Jam for that beautiful caramelised goodness.
Serve up this scrumptious ham however you like or just eat it straight from the pan like we did!

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8 Things to do with kids in Mildura

little girl playing in water outside

Things to Do with kids in mildura

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There are so many things to do with kids in Mildura and the Sunraysia area I thought I might do an article for all our Fossey’s parents listing all the fun things in our area that will keep your children entertained, help you enjoy some peace (hopefully) and make the most of the beautiful weather we have here.

Here are my best tips for things to do with kids in Mildura during the Christmas school holidays:

1.Water Play Park

This one is a beauty! Pictured above it is set by the picturesque Murray River this play park is so much fun for the kids. My children absolutely love splashing around in the sun and I absolutely love being able to relax whilst they are safely having fun! Not only is the view lovely, but there is also plush lawn to cop a squat on and shady areas, which make it much more pleasant to stay cool in the Mildura heat. Best part about this activity is it is FREE! During daylight saving it’s open 10am to 9pm daily.

Hugh King Drive, Mildura

2. Park for Play

An incredibly fun park for all children but this one also caters extensively for children with special needs. As a Mildura parent of children with special needs this park greatly appeals to me because it is enclosed. The park also has a wheelchair friendly swing. It is an excellent Mildura activity for toddlers as well because it is so safe. No chasing down children who decide it is time for mummy to have her daily exercise. There is play equipment specific to age groups meaning all your children (yes even teenagers will find some joy in this park). It is FREE thing to do in Mildura with kids which is of course appeals so much more than activities that chew into the budget. For a cheaper lunch option there are BBQ’s and eating areas too. 

Eleventh Street, Mildura

orangeworld tractor-train with people in it and people standing in front

3.Orange World

You are not going to believe how much fun this place is for adults and children alike! Even the cynical male my children and I were with loved this place. A brilliant family-owned business dreamed up by Mario and Maria. Mario took us on a tractor train tour of the orange farm, and it was hilarious. He has such a lovable nature and my Mildura kids really warmed to him. They did not stop smiling and laughing the whole way around the farm. This activity is relatively low cost but extremely good value for money. There are delicious goodies you can purchase when you have finished your tour too! I highly recommend this one! Do yourselves a favour and check it out. You will not be disappointed.

93 Link Rd, Mourquong

garden maze in mildura

4. Woodsies Gem Shop

Not just a gem shop! This is so much more, and the kids will LOVE it! This family-owned business is a child’s paradise. It has a super fun garden maze that keeps the kids (and adults) occupied for ages, an Aladdin’s cave display of gemstones and interesting artifacts from all over the world. My children and I can spend literally hours checking out all the a-maze-ing (see what I did there) things at Woodsies! This is another low-cost activity for the children and parents to do in Mildura. It is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5.30pm. No need to book. Just turn up. Oh, and you can grab a bite to eat whilst visiting from the extensive and kid friendly menu on offer.

516 Cureton Ave, Nichols Point 

people sliding down perry sandhills

5. Perry Sandhills

Ok so this is another one that is not actually in Mildura, but it is close enough. It is also FREE which makes it even more attractive! Make sure you include this one to explore because it is a fantastic location for a family picnic or outing. It really is a natural adventure park offering a great deal of fun for young and old alike. And if you are feeling extra adventurous you can hire out a sandboard from Intersport Mildura to sleigh your way down the hills for just $20 per board per day. Otherwise, improvise with a yoga mat or the like. With or without the sledding, it is a lot of fun for all the family. My biggest tips are to wear sun protection, take loads of water and wear sunglasses because it gets mighty hot and bright out there.

6km west of Wentworth on Renmark Road

australian inland botanic garden entrance

6. Australian Inland Botanic Gardens

Another surprising little gem just over the bridge in NSW is the Botanic Gardens. Now you might be thinking (like I was) how on earth could this one makes the list for things to do with kids in Mildura because it must be super boring, but you would be wrong! It is a lot of fun and FREE place to visit! The Children’s Garden is perfect for toddlers and children alike. Take water, sun protection and some snacks because your little ones will spend a bit of time checking it all out.

1183 River Road, Mourquong

water splash park mildura

7. All Seasons Splash Park

This park has an activity tower with sky soaker, 3 water slides, mega soakers, spin sprays, splash blasters, water leaves & ground sprays and a double enclosed waterslide with wave catchers! It is a wonderful to see the delight and hear the squeals of joy from the kids playing outdoors in the sunshine. The only reason this one did not rate higher up the list is because it is not always available to the public. Priority is given to the park guests. However, it is heated so you can even go on colder days. It is $15 per person for 2 hours from 10am to 4pm. I recommend sun protection as there is no cover over the water park. To check availability or book in call 5023 3375.

818 Fifteenth Street, Mildura

trentham gum trees and grassed area

8. Trentham Estate

About 15 minutes across the bridge is this stunning winery estate. Now I know it seems like a strange one to put on a list of things to do with kids in Mildura, but this is an activity adults and children will enjoy alike. Picture yourself enjoying a beautiful glass of wine or 3 whilst the kids play on the grassed area around the estate. There are many tables and chairs under trees, overlooking the stunning Murray River. So, pack the family a picnic, water and some ball games. The kids will love running around and playing games.  Meanwhile, you can kick back enjoying the serenity and a glasses of the classical wines Trentham has to offer. You could even build your own platter from 10am to 5pm daily.

6531 Sturt Highway, Trentham Cliffs

There we have it, folks. 8 things to do with kids in Mildura during the school holidays. Remember, a fabulous Fossey’s G&T, is the best way to wind down. Your kids are welcome to join you at the Distillery after days of making memories, checking out the beautiful place we are proud to call home. Pop in to see us at the distillery from Thursday to Sunday 2pm to late-ish. 



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Fossey’s Wins Gold

fossey's wins 4 awards in 2020

Fossey's Wins Gold

fossey's wins 4 awards in 2020
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Fossey’s Distillery wins GOLD


On Monday August 31st the Australian Gin Awards released the results of their 2020 Gin Awards, with Mildura’s own Fossey’s Distillery taking home 4 medals including a GOLD Medal for their Navel Strength Gin.

Fossey’s Navel Strength Gin is a firm favourite of the distilling team and their response to the news of this Gin receiving a gold medal was solid and with laughter, “Rightly so!”

Fossey’s distilling team made up by Steve Timmis, Tash Faulkhead and Bonnie Seymour, take great pride and care with all of their work but collectively the team have always been extremely proud of the Navel Strength.

“We want to showcase local products as best we can through our Gin,” says Steve, “and so we chose to make a Gin that was citrus forward with an abundance of Navel oranges. This of course allowed us to have some fun with the name of the Gin and the spelling.”

To be deemed a “Naval or Navy Strength” the alcohol content must be that of at least 57%, presenting a unique challenge of creating a strong yet balanced drink.

“We slightly changed the flavour profile of this Gin compared to the others in our range,” says Steve “We pulled back on the floral notes, really went hard with the navel orange and added a small amount of ginger. We needed to compliment the strength of the alcohol and give it a smoothness that may have otherwise been lost had we not changed things slightly.”

Fossey’s Distillery also received a Silver Medal for their Original Gin in the Australian Contemporary Gin Category and two Bronze medals in the Flavoured Gin category for their Kaffir Leaf Gin and one of their best selling Gin’s, the Shiraz Gin.

Even through the current restrictions and challenges given the global pandemic situation, Fossey’s Distillery has remained a strong local presence and has continued with their seasonal Gin’s, their most recent being the sell out Chilli Gin, and the team have recently released a collection of Barrel Aged Gin’s.

“We started to lay down these in June for World Gin Day as we couldn’t celebrate with our usual Laneway Festival,” said Steve “and the results have been absolutely fantastic and we now have a Barrel Aged Collection with 6 varieties! We are very excited about the collaboration with Chalmer’s Wines with our Original Gin on one of their Aglianico Rose barrel’s. This particular Gin is absolutely stunning and we’re also excited about the Original Gin aged in our own Red Gum Rum barrel. The flavour is unlike anything we have ever had before which makes us more excited for our upcoming release of our new product, Fossey’s Red Gum Rum coming mid September.”

Fossey’s Distillery is still currently open for retail sales from their venue during usual business hours as well as having a permanent weekend set up at the new Mildura Street Food & Co. located on Deakin Ave and open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5pm.

The entire Fossey’s team are looking forward to reopening their distillery again in a few weeks once restrictions have eased.  



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