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 …

Making The Impossible! No. 4

Robin Boyle Australian, Dessert, Dinner Party, Impossible?, Miscellaneous, Morning or Afternoon Tea, Pastry

A Sweet Pastry – Blind baking made easy! Blind baking or par-baking a pastry shell for a tart or quiche can be a little testing as it normally means lining the shell with baking paper or foil and filling with ‘weights’, such as rice, beans or metal weights, then baking for around ten minutes or so. We have always used …

Torres Del Paine National Park

Robin Boyle Entree, Latin America, Photos: Food, Salad, Travel, Vegetables

This post follows on from: Tierra Del Fuego and Cape Horn Patagonia Patagonia is one of those mystery places: we know the name but we don’t really know much about it or where it actually is. Patagonia isn’t a country but a region on the southern tip of South America. It is large – a little bigger than South Australia …

A VFT System for Tasmania!

Robin Boyle General Interest, Tasmania

Why is a food blog interested in a VFT (Very Fast Train) route from Burnie through to Hobart via Devonport and Launceston? Well, wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to board a train in Launceston at 6.30 pm, for dinner at a Hobart restaurant at 7.30 pm, then be home by bedtime! In the following map, the dream VFT …

A Tassie Dinner Party – In July!

Robin Boyle Dinner Party, General Interest, Latin American, Photos: Food, Salad, The Cottage, Vegetables, Wine

Tasmania does get cold, let’s be honest. So entertaining at Olive’s Cottage in winter has to be done inside where there is limited seating and the cooking is done just a metre or two away from the dining table. Recently we had a dinner party for four of our family members on a Saturday night in July. At one stage, …