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 …

Joël Robuchon – Paris Reflections

Robin Boyle Dinner, Dinner Party, Eggs, France, From the Archives, International Travel & Photos, Recipe

Joël Robuchon passed away on August 6, 2018. He is acknowledged as one of the greatest chefs of all time. Plenty has been written about him and we won’t add any more here except to say that we were fortunate enough to visit his Paris restaurant, Jamin, in 1992. Part of the letter confirming our booking is reproduced below. It …

A Way With Avocado!

Robin Boyle Australian, Dinner Party, Entree, Photos: Food, Salad

Avocado Vinaigrette This dish was fashionable some decades ago. You don’t see it often now, but if you do, typically it is over-done, over-worked, over-flavoured and over-dressed. It makes a great entree; very refreshing and it feels healthy. Print recipe. We like ours simple: Halve each avocado, remove pip. Place each half on a serving dish. (You can take a …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Duck Breasts With Red Cabbage

Robin Boyle Barbecue, Dinner Party, European, Melbourne & Victoria, Recipe, Travel, Vegetables

The Grampians National Park – Gariwerd The Grampians are a monolithic-like geological feature in western Victoria: they just emerge out of the surrounding fertile farming land. They have always been popular with campers and bush walkers. While we had completed a number of walks through the ranges over the years, we hadn’t been there for some time. However, just before …

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  …