Mont Saint-Michel – The home of a very famous omelette!

Robin Boyle Breakfast, Eggs, France, From the Archives, International Travel & Photos, Recipe, Snack

This post is from an article we wrote for Club Marine magazine in 1998. Except for the food shots, the photos date from that period too. (Use the Print button at the top of this page for a hard copy or pdf of the recipe in this post.) Remarkable site Mont Saint-Michel is one of France’s most famous landmarks and …

Bruny Island – An isolated but idyllic foodie destination

Robin Boyle Australian, Breakfast, Cakes & Biscuits, Cheese maker, Fish & Seafood, Morning or Afternoon Tea, Recipe, Snack, Travel

Bruny Island is developing into a brand within a brand, being a subset of the clean and green Tasmanian gourmet image. With two Melbourne friends we recently spent three days on the island but still didn’t have the chance to sample all the food offerings nor experience all the activities. Activities Bruny is surprisingly large, the fourth biggest Tassie island …

Europe 2016 – Part 10

Robin Boyle Breakfast, Eggs, International Travel & Photos, Italy, Wine

 Continued from Europe 2016 – Part 9. Alba: Its food and wine The Alba region is known for: Its food, especially truffles, hazelnuts and salamis High quality wines, Borolo and Barbaresco The Slow Food movement which began in the nearby town of Bra. We were staying in an apartment in an Agriturismo property right in the middle of a huge vineyard …

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 …

Jobs and a Family Catchup

Robin Boyle Breakfast, Family, Launceston, Recipe, Tamar, Tasmania, The Cottage, Vegetables

(Continued from: An Afternoon Feast) Olive’s Cottage is both a business and a holiday house for us. This means that there are generally jobs to do when we visit from Melbourne. We try to work these into enjoying the property, catching up with family and friends and searching out new experiences in the region. Business matters Our intention had been …

Preparations for a Long Lunch

Robin Boyle Berry Farm, Breakfast, Cheese, Family, Lunch, Orchard, Poultry, Recipe, Tasmania, Tassie Businesses & Attractions, The Cottage, Vegetables

It was late Sunday night when I realised how much the lunch that day was a microcosm of life at Olive’s Cottage, with memories from my parents’ time mixing with aspects of how the cottage works for us now. During the afternoon we had lamented to our Tassie friends that we had eaten our breakfast while a recalcitrant wallaby calmly …