Icelandic Rhubarb Cake – A Family Farmhouse Recipe!

Robin Boyle Cakes & Biscuits, Dessert, Dinner, European, International Travel & Photos, Morning or Afternoon Tea

Iceland is covered in ice! Well that perception needs to be debunked. It’s all rhubarb! Is it not perhaps the most amazing country on Earth! Even the food – like this remarkable cake – is full of surprises. The scenery Yes, there is a lot of snow in Iceland, and the weather is cool, with July summer temperatures only averaging …

Virtual Dinner Party No. 8 – French Onion Soup, Vinegar Chicken, Rhubarb Clafoutis!

Robin Boyle Dessert, Dinner, Dinner Party, French, General Interest, Soup

Coronavirus Lockdown With most of us in self-isolation or even total lockdown, a VDP (virtual dinner party) is one way to catch up with friends and to continue to test your cooking skills. We have now had a number of VDPs. Here is the link to the first of those: Virtual Dinner Party No. 1 From there you can link …

Virtual Dinner Party No. 7 – Bulgar Soup, Lamb Fillet, Quince Cake!

Robin Boyle Australian, Cakes & Biscuits, Dessert, Dinner, Dinner Party, General Interest, Middle Eastern, Soup

(Update: For VDP No. 8, click here) Coronavirus Lockdown With most of us in self-isolation or even total lockdown, a VDP (virtual dinner party) is one way to catch up with friends and to continue to test your cooking skills. We have now had a number of VDPs. Here is the link to the first of those: Virtual Dinner Party …

Virtual Dinner Party No. 6 – Scallops, Salmon, Pears!

Robin Boyle Australian, Dinner, Dinner Party, Fish & Seafood, General Interest, Salad, Vegetables

(Update: For VDP No. 7, click here) Coronavirus Lockdown With most of us in self-isolation or even total lockdown, a VDP (virtual dinner party) is one way to catch up with friends and to continue to test your cooking skills. We have now had a number of VDPs. Here is the link to the first of those: Virtual Dinner Party …

Polenta – With grilled radicchio and mushrooms!

Robin Boyle Dinner, Italian, Main course, Vegetables

Many years ago in a traditional but stylish Italian restaurant in Melbourne, an older Italian-born waiter who had worked there for many, many years told us about his obsession with polenta. His favourite combination was to serve it with mushroom ragout. His polenta was cooked for about three quarters of an hour in lots of water, and stirred constantly to …

Olive’s Salmon Patties – An Easter Treat!

Robin Boyle Australian, Dinner, Fish & Seafood, Main course, Traditions-Feasts

We weren’t a religious family, but our mother, Olive, would always make salmon patties (sometimes with tuna) for our evening meal on Good Friday. It was her excuse to make them – we loved them so much. While I had good recollection of the ingredients and how they were made, I had to resort to my sister, Jan, to fine …

Eggplant Baked With Passata & Pesto – Served With Lemon Flavoured Pasta!

Robin Boyle Dinner, Italian, Main course, Vegetables

Our Canadian friend, Roger, was staying with us for several days in Melbourne. He offered to cook for us one night and thus produced this delicious and very easy version of baked eggplant, a variation on parmigiana di melanzane (eggplant baked with Parmesan cheese). He served it with lemon flavoured pasta, which was a perfect foil for the richness of …