A Way With Avocado!

Robin Boyle Australian, Dinner Party, Entree, Photos: Food, Salad

Avocado Vinaigrette This dish was fashionable some decades ago. You don’t see it often now, but if you do, typically it is over-done, over-worked, over-flavoured and over-dressed. It makes a great entree; very refreshing and it feels healthy. We like ours simple: Halve each avocado, remove pip. Place each half on a serving dish. (You can take a small slice …

Chile – Atacama!

Robin Boyle Latin America, Salad, Travel, Vegetables

This post follows on from: Chilean Lakes The aridness and extent of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile boggle the mind. The desert is about twice the size of Tasmania and is one of the driest regions on earth. The Google satellite map below (click to enlarge) shows it stretching from the Pacific in the west to the Andes foothills …

Patagonia – Chilean Lakes

Robin Boyle Fish & Seafood, Latin America, Photos: Food, Salad, Travel

This post follows on from: Argentinean Lakes The Google satellite map below (click to enlarge) shows the extensive lakes system in northern Patagonia, stretching from Bariloche in the east (Argentina) to Puerto Varas in the west (Chile).  The snow-capped Andes and various volcanoes are quite apparent. In the west, Puerto Montt is a major port, with sea connections past the …

Patagonia – Argentinean Lakes

Robin Boyle Latin America, Photos: Food, Travel

This post follows on from: Glacier Country The Google satellite map below (click to enlarge) shows the eastern section of the extensive lakes system in northern Patagonia. The region is at a similar latitude to Hobart and is surprisingly lush and green, with landscapes reminiscent of the European Alps. We flew into Bariloche (San Carlos de Bariloche) and spent two …

Work in Progress – No. 1

Robin Boyle Vegetables, 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. Whole cauliflower is something we have tackled a few times. Baked Whole Cauliflower In our first attempt at cooking whole cauliflower, some time ago, we placed the head in a large …

What’s in the Fridge? No. 7

Robin Boyle Australian, Cakes & Biscuits, In the fridge?, Morning or Afternoon Tea

Banana Bread We recently had short notice that interstate friends were in Melbourne and turning up for morning tea. We had about two hours to put something together. We could have gone shopping. Instead we searched the fridge and freezer. We found five frozen bananas, some frozen cream and a pack of frozen butter. (If we have excess bananas, ripening …

Semolina Gnocchi – A Cinque Terre Experience!

Robin Boyle Entree, International Travel & Photos, Italian, Main course, Recipe, Vegetables

This post is from an article we wrote for Club Marine magazine in 1997. The food shots date from that period too, while the scenery shots are more recent. (Use the Print button at the top of this page for a hard copy or pdf of the recipe in this post.) Monterosso al Mare – Cinque Terre Monterosso al Mare …

King Valley – Food And Wine Trail!

Robin Boyle Entree, General Interest, Italian, Melbourne & Victoria, Travel, Wine

The King River Valley is about three hours’ drive north of Melbourne. It is accessible from Mansfield (to the south-east), Benalla (to the west) or from Wangaratta (to the north). Whitfield, Cheshunt and Moyhu are the main small settlements in the valley. Some years ago we would sometimes drive through Whitfield when returning from skiing at Falls Creek. Then the …

El Calafate – Glacier Country!

Robin Boyle Australian, Cakes & Biscuits, Dessert, Latin America, Morning or Afternoon Tea, Photos: Food, Travel

This post follows on from: Torres del Paine Calafate and El Calafate The Calafate berry is symbolic to Patagonia, being indigenous to the region. Around a metre tall, the bushy plants produce edible berries that look a little like blueberries and have a taste that some describe as hinting of black currant, mulberry and/or blackberry. You will find them in …