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. …

Salmon Rillettes – For Entree!

Robin Boyle Entree, French, Miscellaneous, Recipe, Traditions-Feasts

We aren’t advocating setting the table just yet, but early December is not too early to start thinking about Christmas. On Christmas Day, our job is to provide the entree. We already have our contribution planned, as explained below – salmon rillettes (rillettes aux deux saumons). Before then, there is still some work to do. Christmas Cake and Christmas Pudding …

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 …

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  …

Making The Impossible! No. 1

Robin Boyle Cakes & Biscuits, French, Home-Made, Impossible?, Miscellaneous, Morning or Afternoon Tea, Recipe

It is impossible to make croissants at home! Right? Well I think so! Decent ones, anyway. I did try to make croissants once but I have selectively cleared my mind of the details of that unfortunate experience. The complexity of the process and the dismal result warrant the jettisoning from the memory bank. Despite this memory cleansing, my love for …

Showing Friends Around – Part 4

Robin Boyle Dessert, French, International, Recipe, Tasmania, Travel

(Continued from:  Showing Friends Around – Part 3) Our two German friends, from Bavaria, are on a tight schedule with just five weeks in Australia overall, and just six nights in Tassie! What to do, where to take them in Tasmania? So far they have stayed at Olive’s Cottage (our property at Windermere), they have seen Launceston and toured the …