Virtual Dinner Party No. 9 – Cauliflower Soup, Garfish, Ranch Dressing, Latvian Layered Cake

Robin Boyle Dessert, Dinner, Dinner Party, European, Fish & Seafood, General Interest, Main course, Soup, Vegetables

Coronavirus Lockdown Well in Melbourne we were out of lock down for about six weeks, though still with social distancing in place. But then the virus got away from us and so for two weeks we have been largely confined to our homes again. However, that only applies for the state of Victoria; other states are moving back towards a …

Rhubarb and Marzipan Torte & Rhubarb and Strawberry Buckle Cake

Robin Boyle Cakes & Biscuits, Dessert, Dinner, European, Morning or Afternoon Tea, North American

There has been lovely quality rhubarb in the markets over the last two months. Being under COVID-19 lock down restrictions much of that time has given us the chance to try new recipes. Here we give two rhubarb recipes that are terrific for morning or afternoon tea or as a dessert. Both last well in the fridge and both reheat …

Icelandic Rhubarb Cake – A Family Farmhouse Recipe!

Robin Boyle Cakes & Biscuits, Dessert, Dinner, European, International Travel & Photos, Morning or Afternoon Tea

Iceland is covered in ice! Well that perception needs to be debunked. It’s all rhubarb! Is it not perhaps the most amazing country on Earth! Even the food – like this remarkable cake – is full of surprises. The scenery Yes, there is a lot of snow in Iceland, and the weather is cool, with July summer temperatures only averaging …

Virtual Dinner Party No. 8 – French Onion Soup, Vinegar Chicken, Rhubarb Clafoutis!

Robin Boyle Dessert, Dinner, Dinner Party, French, General Interest, Soup

(Update: For VDP No. 9, click here) Coronavirus Lockdown With most of us in self-isolation or even total lockdown, a VDP (virtual dinner party) is one way to catch up with friends and to continue to test your cooking skills. We have now had a number of VDPs. Here is the link to the first of those: Virtual Dinner Party …

Virtual Dinner Party No. 7 – Bulgar Soup, Lamb Fillet, Quince Cake!

Robin Boyle Australian, Cakes & Biscuits, Dessert, Dinner, Dinner Party, General Interest, Middle Eastern, Soup

(Update: For VDP No. 8, click here) Coronavirus Lockdown With most of us in self-isolation or even total lockdown, a VDP (virtual dinner party) is one way to catch up with friends and to continue to test your cooking skills. We have now had a number of VDPs. Here is the link to the first of those: Virtual Dinner Party …

Virtual Dinner Party No. 6 – Scallops, Salmon, Pears!

Robin Boyle Australian, Dinner, Dinner Party, Fish & Seafood, General Interest, Salad, Vegetables

(Update: For VDP No. 7, click here) Coronavirus Lockdown With most of us in self-isolation or even total lockdown, a VDP (virtual dinner party) is one way to catch up with friends and to continue to test your cooking skills. We have now had a number of VDPs. Here is the link to the first of those: Virtual Dinner Party …

Virtual Dinner Party No. 5 – A Malayitalian Menu!

Robin Boyle Dinner Party, Fish & Seafood, General Interest, Nibbles & Hors d'oeuvres, Soup, South East Asian, Vegetables

(Update: For VDP No. 6, click here) Coronavirus Lockdown With most of us in self-isolation or even total lockdown, a VDP (virtual dinner party) is one way to catch up with friends and to continue to test your cooking skills. We have now had a few VDPs. Here is the link to the first of those: Virtual Dinner Party No. …

Polenta – With grilled radicchio and mushrooms!

Robin Boyle Dinner, Italian, Main course, Vegetables

Many years ago in a traditional but stylish Italian restaurant in Melbourne, an older Italian-born waiter who had worked there for many, many years told us about his obsession with polenta. His favourite combination was to serve it with mushroom ragout. His polenta was cooked for about three quarters of an hour in lots of water, and stirred constantly to …

Work in Progress – No. 3

Robin Boyle Poultry, South East Asian, Work in Progress

We experiment often, trying new methods or recipes or trying to recreate something we have eaten some where or other. There are successes and failures, there is elation and disappointment, failure and triumph. Black Pepper Chicken With Turmeric We often see recipes for salt and pepper squid or black pepper squid. I recently came across a recipe for chicken with …