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. …

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 …

A Church In Crisis – Scones, Jam And Cream!

Robin Boyle Australian, Cakes & Biscuits, General Interest, Photos: Food, Tamar, The Cottage

We have a meeting with some or our Windermere neighbours over scones, jam and cream. (Continued from: Soup and Golf ) The neighbours rally Windermere is a semi-rural settlement with houses on half-acre or bigger blocks spread out along the road. Now there are over 100 houses along the five kilometres from the highway along the edge of the Tamar …

Indigo Valley – Home Grown Produce!

Robin Boyle Australian, Cakes & Biscuits, Dessert, General Interest, Melbourne & Victoria, Travel, Wine

Several years ago, Barry and Liz wound up their professional jobs in teaching and accounting-law in East Gippsland, and moved to the Indigo Valley in north-eastern Victoria. That enabled them to relocate to Liz’s family home and farm, where several siblings live nearby. We recently made the four hour trip up from Melbourne to see their property for the first …