Indigo Valley – Home Grown Produce!

Robin Boyle Australian, Cakes & Biscuits, Dessert, General Interest, Melbourne & Victoria, Travel, Wine

Several years ago, Barry and Liz wound up their professional jobs in teaching and accounting-law in East Gippsland, and moved to the Indigo Valley in north-eastern Victoria. That enabled them to relocate to Liz’s family home and farm, where several siblings live nearby. We recently made the four hour trip up from Melbourne to see their property for the first …

Hoi An Banh Mi – The World’s Best Sandwich?

Robin Boyle Herbs and Spices, International Travel & Photos, Snack, South East Asian, Travel

  This post is a continuation from Hoi An: The Food! A ‘sandwich’ that is distinctly Vietnamese Later in this post we will give our method for making a banh mi (pronounced ‘barn mee’) that is truly yummy and clearly in the Vietnamese style. It isn’t a traditional recipe, but it encapsulates the key characteristics from our experiences and the …

What’s in the Fridge? No. 8

Robin Boyle Australian, Dinner, In the fridge?, Main course, Red meat

Lamb Leg Roasted in Chutney Slow-cooked lamb recipes are everywhere, with many celebrity chefs publishing their own version. Their recipes sound exotic and magical, offering special results; and generally they do. However, you don’t need an exotic recipe to produce a wonderful result. Try this surprise method then experiment with your own versions. Don’t be surprised if this is up …

We Invite The Neighbours In: For Drinks and Nibbles!

Robin Boyle General Interest, Nibbles & Hors d'oeuvres, Photos: Food, The Cottage

This is a continuation from We Invite The Neighbours In: Perfect Weather! Easy to prepare nibbles With Launceston and the Tamar region having very agreeable summery weather from November to March, we can plan events at Olive’s Cottage with a high degree of confidence. We aim to be outside and use the main deck or the barbecue pit. (We can …

We Invite The Neighbours In: Perfect Weather!

Robin Boyle General Interest, Nibbles & Hors d'oeuvres, Photos: Food, The Cottage, Wine

Summer Climate Launceston and the surrounding region, including the Tamar Valley, has a remarkable summer climate. Daily maximums are consistently in the mid to low 20s (Celsius), rarely dropping below 20oC and rarely making it above 30oC. On average, the region’s maximum is a couple of degrees higher than Hobart and a couple of degrees lower than Melbourne, while those …

Work in Progress – No. 2

Robin Boyle Dessert, Work in Progress

We experiment often, trying new methods or recipes or trying to recreate something we have eaten somewhere or other. There are successes and failures, there is elation and disappointment, failure and triumph. Eskimo Pies We have probably all eaten the ice cream called Eskimo Pies, a chocolate coated block of vanilla ice cream, encased in a silver foil lined wrapper. …