Asparagus – One Of The Most Versatile Vegetables!

Robin Boyle Australian, General Interest, Lunch, Main course, Recipe, Vegetables

The asparagus season in Australia starts around the beginning of September – maybe August in some regions. Imported asparagus can be obtained all year round, but it is the local season that one waits for. And then you have an abundance of a vegetable that is so easy to work with, has a lovely flavour and texture and which is …

Virtual Dinner Party No. 12 – With an Apple and Honey Pancake Gâteau from 1973!

Robin Boyle Australian, Dessert, Dinner, Dinner Party, Fish & Seafood, French, General Interest, Latin American, Main course, Poultry, Vegetables

Coronavirus Lockdown Mid-September in Melbourne 2020 and we are still in lock down, possibly until mid-October. We are largely confined to our homes. Country Victoria has fewer restrictions, while the other states of Australia have resumed fairly normal lives and lifestyles. We were pleased when our Adelaide friends were in contact to organise another virtual dinner party. Just the four …

A Pan-Fried Cheese & Ham Toastie – With an Egg!

Robin Boyle Australian, Cheese, Lunch, Snack, Supper

One great aspect of lockdown is having the time and inclination to try old-favourite recipes. Recently The Melbourne Age ran an article on How to make the perfect toasted cheese sandwich. It provides heaps of ideas and options. So recently we have been cooking our version. It derives from a visit to Dallas, Texas, some years ago. The Lumen Hotel …

Virtual Dinner Party No. 11 – To Celebrate a Birthday!

Robin Boyle Australian, Dessert, Dinner, Dinner Party, General Interest, Lunch, Main course, Poultry

Coronavirus Lockdown At the end of August in Melbourne 2020 we were still in lock down, with some weeks still to go. We were – and still are – largely confined to our homes. However, the same does not apply in other states, which have moved back towards a more normal lifestyle. For a long time, we and two other …

Making The Impossible! No. 5

Robin Boyle Australian, Dinner, Impossible?, Miscellaneous, Vegetables

My father had a huge garden and used to grow all sorts of vegetables. We loved practically all of them, but even the way Mum and Dad cooked them, we kids never really took to Brussels sprouts. They are tricky to cook well. They can be tough or unevenly cooked. Overcook them and they can turn mushy. Worst though is …

Virtual Dinner Party No. 7 – Bulgar Soup, Lamb Fillet, Quince Cake!

Robin Boyle Australian, Cakes & Biscuits, Dessert, Dinner, Dinner Party, General Interest, Middle Eastern, Soup

(Update: For VDP No. 8, click here) Coronavirus Lockdown With most of us in self-isolation or even total lockdown, a VDP (virtual dinner party) is one way to catch up with friends and to continue to test your cooking skills. We have now had a number of VDPs. Here is the link to the first of those: Virtual Dinner Party …

Virtual Dinner Party No. 6 – Scallops, Salmon, Pears!

Robin Boyle Australian, Dinner, Dinner Party, Fish & Seafood, General Interest, Salad, Vegetables

(Update: For VDP No. 7, click here) Coronavirus Lockdown With most of us in self-isolation or even total lockdown, a VDP (virtual dinner party) is one way to catch up with friends and to continue to test your cooking skills. We have now had a number of VDPs. Here is the link to the first of those: Virtual Dinner Party …

Virtual Dinner Party No. 4 – Slow-Cooked!

Robin Boyle Australian, Cakes & Biscuits, Dinner Party, General Interest, Red meat, Soup

(Update: For VDP No. 5, click here) Coronavirus Lockdown With most of us in self-isolation or even total lockdown, a VDP (virtual dinner party) is one way to catch up with friends and to continue to test your cooking skills. We have now had a few VDPs. Here is the link to the first of those: Virtual Dinner Party No. …

Olive’s Salmon Patties – An Easter Treat!

Robin Boyle Australian, Dinner, Fish & Seafood, Main course, Traditions-Feasts

We weren’t a religious family, but our mother, Olive, would always make salmon patties (sometimes with tuna) for our evening meal on Good Friday. It was her excuse to make them – we loved them so much. While I had good recollection of the ingredients and how they were made, I had to resort to my sister, Jan, to fine …

Virtual Dinner Party No. 3 – Guess What’s On The Menu!

Robin Boyle Australian, Dinner Party, General Interest

(Update: For VDP No. 4, click here) Coronavirus Lockdown With most of us in self-isolation or even total lockdown, a VDP (virtual dinner party) is one way to catch up with friends and to continue to test your cooking skills. We have now had a few VDPs. Here is the link to the first of those: Virtual Dinner Party No. …