A Blast From The Past! No. 1

Robin Boyle Australian, British, Dinner, Lunch, Main course, Miscellaneous, Red meat

Shepherd’s Pie – The history Our friend Alistair obtained this recipe in 1973 when he and Alessina stayed at the Salvation Army’s People’s Palace, Melbourne. He was told it was based on the Salvation Army’s 1914 traditional Australian winter recipe. The two had arrived in Australia by ship from Canada and the “Palace” had been recommended to them by a …

Making The Impossible! No. 3

Robin Boyle Australian, Bread & Yeast, Dinner, Impossible?, Lunch, Miscellaneous

Matt Preston’s No-Knead Bread This recipe produces lovely bread with minimal time, fuss, effort and worry. It really does work! Five minutes maximum to combine the three dry ingredients (flour, yeast and salt) and stir in some water. Four hours (or longer) covered in the fridge. Five minutes to shape your rolls or loaves and get them into the oven. …

Quick or Classic? No. 1

Robin Boyle Barbecue, Dinner Party, French, Main course, Quick or Classic?, Vegetables

Potatoes: Gratin, Scalloped, Dauphinoise Whatever the name, these dishes are cooked in a similar way – sliced potatoes cooked in the oven in a creamy sauce, and they are all likely to be delicious, with a hint of cheese. The classic French method does not include cheese itself, with a cheesy flavour developing from the combination of potato starch and …

Tierra Del Fuego and Cape Horn!

Robin Boyle Cakes & Biscuits, Latin America, Photos: Food, Travel, Wine

This post follows on from: Four weeks visiting Patagonia, Atacama and Mendoza Ushuaia Ushuaia is at latitude 550 South, the same as Macquarie Island, making it well south of Hobart at 430. Naively we expected a small isolated settlement in freezing barrenness. Yet we found a thriving tourist hub of 60,000 people with good infrastructure, interesting architecture and a bustling port …

A European City in the Southern Hemisphere!

Robin Boyle Latin America, Travel

A five-week tour of southern South America We flew to Buenos Aires mid-March, 2017. It would be the start of a five-week tour covering the huge region of Patagonia (in both southern Argentina and southern Chile), the Atacama Desert in northern Chile and the wine region of Mendoza in north-west Argentina. We will make a series of blog posts covering …

Is Flying Business Class Worth It For The Food And Wine?

Robin Boyle International Travel & Photos, Latin America, Miscellaneous

We use a recent business class flight experience to make a judgement. Why no blog posts for some weeks? In the second week of March, 2017, a group of 16 of us, all friends, headed off to South America, flying in and out of Buenos Aires, for a four-week tour of Argentina and Chile. It was my intention to submit …