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 …

Joël Robuchon – Paris Reflections

Robin Boyle Dinner, Dinner Party, Eggs, France, From the Archives, International Travel & Photos, Recipe

Joël Robuchon passed away on August 6, 2018. He is acknowledged as one of the greatest chefs of all time. Plenty has been written about him and we won’t add any more here except to say that we were fortunate enough to visit his Paris restaurant, Jamin, in 1992. Part of the letter confirming our booking is reproduced below. It …

What’s in the Fridge? No. 8

Robin Boyle Australian, Dinner, In the fridge?, Main course, Red meat

Lamb Leg Roasted in Chutney Slow-cooked lamb recipes are everywhere, with many celebrity chefs publishing their own version. Their recipes sound exotic and magical, offering special results; and generally they do. However, you don’t need an exotic recipe to produce a wonderful result. Try this surprise method then experiment with your own versions. Don’t be surprised if this is up …

A Blast From The Past! No. 1

Robin Boyle Australian, British, Dinner, Lunch, Main course, Miscellaneous, Red meat

Shepherd’s Pie – The history Our friend Alistair obtained this recipe in 1973 when he and Alessina stayed at the Salvation Army’s People’s Palace, Melbourne. He was told it was based on the Salvation Army’s 1914 traditional Australian winter recipe. The two had arrived in Australia by ship from Canada and the “Palace” had been recommended to them by a …

Making The Impossible! No. 3

Robin Boyle Australian, Bread & Yeast, Dinner, Impossible?, Lunch, Miscellaneous

Matt Preston’s No-Knead Bread This recipe produces lovely bread with minimal time, fuss, effort and worry. It really does work! Five minutes maximum to combine the three dry ingredients (flour, yeast and salt) and stir in some water. Four hours (or longer if desired) covered in the fridge. Five minutes to shape your rolls or loaves and get them into …

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  …