Egg and Potato Salad – Creamy and Soothing!

Robin Boyle Australian, Barbecue, Dinner, Eggs, Lunch, Picnic

Boiling eggs to the ‘well done’ point is easy enough. However, it can be another thing peeling them so they don’t look half destroyed. Recently we found this Internet article: The secret to peeling the perfect boiled egg. The article summarises all the issues people encounter trying to achieve perfection. It is worth a read, then you can do your …

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 …

Anyone for Tennis – Or Pork Ribs?

Robin Boyle Australian, Barbecue, Miscellaneous, Recipe, Traditions-Feasts

This time of the year, it is generally hot in Melbourne. After all, the Australian Tennis Open is on! Today,¬†January 26, is Australia Day and tonight the tennis will be interrupted while the fireworks happen. It is a contentious date because it celebrates white settlement in Australia. We will happily celebrate on a new day, when the country decides to …

Grilled and Fried Capsicums!

Robin Boyle Barbecue, Italian, Vegetables

Here we use the word capsicums to mean the large, squat, mild peppers that come in red, green, yellow, orange and sometimes black. Sometimes they are called bell peppers or sweet peppers. For the recipes or methods included here you could also consider the elongated banana peppers as they also tend to be mild and sweet; they too come in …

Mendoza – Argentina!

Robin Boyle Barbecue, Latin America, Travel, Wine

This post follows on from: Chile – Atacama! Possibly no other city is as closely associated with a grape variety as Mendoza: it is the world capital of wines made from the Malbec grape. While plantings of the variety diminished in France, they burgeoned in western Argentina to the point that the Malbecs of Mendoza have a cult following. The …

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 …

Duck Breasts With Red Cabbage

Robin Boyle Barbecue, Dinner Party, European, Melbourne & Victoria, Recipe, Travel, Vegetables

The Grampians National Park – Gariwerd The Grampians are a monolithic-like geological feature in western Victoria: they just emerge out of the surrounding fertile farming land. They have always been popular with campers and bush walkers. While we had completed a number of walks through the ranges over the years, we hadn’t been there for some time. However, just before …