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 …

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 …

Showing Friends Around – Part 5

Robin Boyle Australia Mainland, Breakfast, Brunch, Eggs, International, Middle Eastern, Recipe, Sydney & NSW

(Continued from:  Showing Friends Around – Part 4) Our two German friends, from Bavaria, are on a tight schedule with barely five weeks in Australia overall. So far we have spent time with them in Melbourne and Victoria (including the Great Ocean Road), and Tasmania (Launceston, Freycinet and Hobart). Then they flew to Alice Springs for a week visiting the …