What’s in the Fridge? No. 10

Robin Boyle British, Dinner, In the fridge?, Main course

A braise of sausages, vegetables, lemon and bay leaves With a forced layoff from posting of a few months due to surgery, we return to Olive’s Kitchen with another post in the series “What’s in the Fridge?”. Not only is one of us largely incapacitated but we are also currently having a significant amount of work done to our house …

A January Dinner Party – For a Birthday!

Robin Boyle Australian, Cakes & Biscuits, Dinner, Dinner Party, Home-Made, Melbourne & Victoria, Middle Eastern, Miscellaneous, Photos: Food, Poultry, Recipe, Traditions-Feasts

Dinner parties are hard work if you try to do all the catering yourself. And they are made more daunting by the need to “perform”, given Australians’ growing knowledge and expectations about what is good food. Apart from working out a “modern” menu and doing the actual cooking, much time is also taken up doing the shopping, setting the table …

Australia Day 2019 – A Glorious Sunset & Recipes!

Robin Boyle Australian, Barbecue, Miscellaneous, Nibbles & Hors d'oeuvres, Recipe, Thai, Traditions-Feasts

Australia Day, January 26, is a contentious date because it celebrates white settlement in Australia. We raised this issue in an earlier blog post here. We feel it is important to have a national day so until our leaders come up with an alternative we will probably continue to celebrate on the 26th with a gathering of friends. We started …

Five Days At Olive’s Cottage – And A Long Lunch!

Robin Boyle Australian, Entree, French, Lunch, Pastry, The Cottage, Travel

This post continues on from: Strahan. After two days in Hobart and three in Strahan, we headed north to the Tamar Valley and Olive’s Cottage,¬†our property at Windermere. We visit the cottage about four times a year, for four or five days each visit. Some of our time is taken up meeting up with our property manager and our gardener. …

Strahan – Remarkable Remoteness!

Robin Boyle Australian, Fish & Seafood, Recipe, Travel

This post continues on from: Hobart to Strahan – The In-Between Bit. Strahan has, on average, 15 clear days a year. On our visit we had three of those – just fabulous weather, as the photos attest. It was our first visit to Strahan in over fifteen years, and while much was the same, there was much that was different. …

Festive Season 2018 – Wrap Up!

Robin Boyle Miscellaneous, Recipe, Traditions-Feasts

On the last day of December 2018, with New Year’s Day pending, we thought a summary of some of our Christmas and New Year food experiences might be in order. The Lead Up Our local farmers’ market fell at the right time, mid-December. So we stocked up for pending functions. Our purchase of Swiss chard and baby leeks led us …

What’s in the Fridge? No. 9

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

Christmas Sink Cake The Olive’s Kitchen recipe for Summer Fruit Cake is very versatile. You can modify the ingredients in many ways, keeping the key cake ingredients (dry and wet) to roughly the same proportions. The fruit, including the apple, can be varied according to what you have on hand. The recipe came in handy before Christmas for Rhonda’s family’s …

Hobart, 2018 – Looking Smart!

Robin Boyle Australian, Travel

In early December we had two nights in Hobart. Over the last decade we have noticed the changes as the city transforms itself into a most agreeable meld of old and new; where nothing much seems to jar. It is by any standards one of the most impressive waterfront cities anywhere. It is an almost perfect destination: easy to drive …

Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City

Robin Boyle International Travel & Photos, South East Asian, Travel

  This post is a continuation from Mekong Delta Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) is relatively well off compared to its northern city counterparts. With its large stock of colonial style buildings from the period of French occupation, combined with modern developments, it exudes confidence. There are plenty of reminders of the Vietnam War that lasted twenty …