As Easy As … No. 2

Robin Boyle As easy as ..., Australian, Dessert, Recipe

Meringue and Berries – A sublime summer combination There are endless recipes for meringues: from a single large one to numerous small ones, from plain to flavoured, to unadorned to magnificently garnished. I remember meringues from my childhood, not at home though, as my mother rarely made them, possibly because it was too difficult in her wood fired, cast iron …

Traditional Christmas Dinner – Part C

Robin Boyle Australian, Dessert, From the Archives, Recipe, Traditions-Feasts

(Continued from Traditional Christmas Dinner – Part B) For a traditional Christmas dinner we propose: a seafood cocktail, roast turkey with vegetables followed by plum pudding with brandy sauce. This post continues from an article we wrote for Club Marine magazine in 1993. (Use the Print button at the top of this page for a hardcopy or pdf of the …

Europe 2016 – Part 5

Robin Boyle Dessert, Dinner, Dinner Party, Eggs, Entree, France, French, International Travel & Photos

Continued from Europe 2016 – Part 4. Table d’Hôtes If you have travelled through France you are probably familiar with Chambres d’Hôtes – the equivalent of the Australian and British concept of Bed and Breakfast – and Gîtes – the equivalent of our holiday rental in the form of self-contained cottages, houses or apartments. Some of these establishments offer an …

Europe 2016 – Part 4

Robin Boyle Dessert, Dinner, Dinner Party, Entree, Fish & Seafood, France, French

Continued from Europe 2016 – Part 3. We went to learn French and learnt a lot about Sancerre The name ‘Sancerre‘ is well-known in the wine world, being a wine region south west of Paris famous for its sauvignon blanc. However, we hadn’t realised that there was also a small town called Sancerre until we discovered a language school located  …

Europe 2016 – Part 2

Robin Boyle Cakes & Biscuits, Dessert, European, France, Morning or Afternoon Tea, Picnic

Continued from Europe 2016 – Part 1. A German Style Plum Sheet Cake Our plum sheet cake experiment would happen, but at Chamonix in France, not in Bavaria. The key steps in our method are described below – follow them, or find a recipe for this type of cake in your cookbooks or on the Internet. It is a very …

Making The Impossible! No. 2

Robin Boyle Australian, Dessert, Dinner, Impossible?, Launceston, Lunch, Miscellaneous, Recipe

It is impossible to make flour based cakes and puddings in the Microwave oven! Right? Well we have stumbled across a self-saucing chocolate pudding that gives a great result when microwaved. The background Some weeks ago we were over at Olive’s Cottage at Windermere. It was just a few days after the flood scare for Launceston. Fortunately the levee banks …

Rhubarb Fool

Robin Boyle British, Dessert, Family, Fruit, Recipe, Tasmania

A check of the Internet shows that April 1, April Fool’s Day, is a very popular time for food writers to talk about the fruit and cream based dessert known as a ‘fool’. We have decided to do likewise. Elizabeth David, in An Omelette and a Glass of Wine, devotes several pages to the English fruit fool. Most fruit fools …