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 …

We Invite The Neighbours In: For Drinks and Nibbles!

Robin Boyle General Interest, Nibbles & Hors d'oeuvres, Photos: Food, The Cottage

This is a continuation from We Invite The Neighbours In: Perfect Weather! Easy to prepare nibbles With Launceston and the Tamar region having very agreeable summery weather from November to March, we can plan events at Olive’s Cottage with a high degree of confidence. We aim to be outside and use the main deck or the barbecue pit. (We can …

We Invite The Neighbours In: Perfect Weather!

Robin Boyle General Interest, Nibbles & Hors d'oeuvres, Photos: Food, The Cottage, Wine

Summer Climate Launceston and the surrounding region, including the Tamar Valley, has a remarkable summer climate. Daily maximums are consistently in the mid to low 20s (Celsius), rarely dropping below 20oC and rarely making it above 30oC. On average, the region’s maximum is a couple of degrees higher than Hobart and a couple of degrees lower than Melbourne, while those …

Scorched Eggplant, Tuna And White Bean Dip

Robin Boyle Finger Food, Middle Eastern, Nibbles & Hors d'oeuvres, Recipe

Say it quickly and you could think that Baba Ghanoush was named after someone called Barbara. It came to our notice as Lebanese restaurants began to proliferate in Melbourne. Now it is more or less a household term. It is based on smoked or charred eggplant (aubergine) and tahini (made from ground sesame seeds). To these add some garlic, lemon …

Made At Home – No. 3

Robin Boyle Australian, Herbs and Spices, Home-Made, Nibbles & Hors d'oeuvres, Preserves: Savoury, Recipe, Snack, Vegetables

In reading the contents of this post, also check: Food Safety Is Paramount It makes sense that dill pickles should involve dill. However, the key ingredient is the seed, not the herb part. While green dill is relatively easy to find, the seeds can be difficult to track down. You might have more luck finding a packet of pickling spices …

Recipes From The Italian Riviera

Robin Boyle International, International Travel & Photos, Italian, Italy, Main course, Nibbles & Hors d'oeuvres, Recipe

(Continued from Tomato Sauce – Italian Style) As well as an abundance of herbs and tomatoes, you may well have an abundance of cherry tomatoes. And maybe you also have a surfeit of figs! Below you will find two simple but excellent Italy-inspired recipes: grilled cheese-stuffed figs and a pasta sauce using cherry tomatoes. Three years ago on an extended …

Recipes for Australia Day

Robin Boyle Australian, Bread & Yeast, Miscellaneous, Nibbles & Hors d'oeuvres, Recipe, Traditions-Feasts

This time of the year, at least in the southern states of Australia, the flowering gums are glorious. It is also when we celebrate Australia Day, on January 26. It is a contentious date because it celebrates white settlement in Australia. The issue has been thoughtfully addressed here. In 2015 the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition took steps …

For New Year’s Eve

Robin Boyle Finger Food, Miscellaneous, Nibbles & Hors d'oeuvres, Recipe, Traditions-Feasts, Vegetables

We will spend this New Year’s Eve at a friend’s apartment which has a wonderful view over Melbourne. There will be a dozen or so of us, starting around 8.30 pm. The aim is to make it through to midnight, waiting for the fireworks. Everyone will ‘bring a plate’ and, no doubt, there will be partaking of celebratory drinks. If …