Asparagus – One Of The Most Versatile Vegetables!

Robin Boyle Australian, General Interest, Lunch, Main course, Recipe, Vegetables

The asparagus season in Australia starts around the beginning of September – maybe August in some regions. Imported asparagus can be obtained all year round, but it is the local season that one waits for. And then you have an abundance of a vegetable that is so easy to work with, has a lovely flavour and texture and which is …

Lockdown Tryouts – The Oven!

Robin Boyle Fish & Seafood, General Interest, Lunch, Main course, Recipe, Vegetables

Covid-19 lockdown has given everyone plenty of opportunities to experiment with their cooking, to go back to old favourites and to try out some of those newspaper cut-out recipes. Not everything we have tried has worked but we are generally very pleased rather than disappointed. In this post we include some savoury successes from the oven. Cazuela – An Argentinean …

A Pan-Fried Cheese & Ham Toastie – With an Egg!

Robin Boyle Australian, Cheese, Lunch, Snack, Supper

One great aspect of lockdown is having the time and inclination to try old-favourite recipes. Recently The Melbourne Age ran an article on How to make the perfect toasted cheese sandwich. It provides heaps of ideas and options. So recently we have been cooking our version. It derives from a visit to Dallas, Texas, some years ago. The Lumen Hotel …

Virtual Dinner Party No. 11 – To Celebrate a Birthday!

Robin Boyle Australian, Dessert, Dinner, Dinner Party, General Interest, Lunch, Main course, Poultry

Coronavirus Lockdown At the end of August in Melbourne 2020 we were still in lock down, with some weeks still to go. We were – and still are – largely confined to our homes. However, the same does not apply in other states, which have moved back towards a more normal lifestyle. For a long time, we and two other …

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 …

A Blast From The Past! No. 2

Robin Boyle Chinese, Dinner, Entree, From the Archives, Lunch, Miscellaneous

Elizabeth Chong’s Pork Dumplings Some decades ago we would often hear Elizabeth Chong’s name mentioned. In particular, from various friends who had attended her cooking classes in Melbourne. They would recreate the recipes for us, producing memorable meals of Cantonese cuisine, based on freshness and elegance combined with simplicity. Our experience is that Cantonese cooking, and Chinese cooking in general, …

Five Days At Olive’s Cottage – And A Long Lunch!

Robin Boyle Australian, Entree, French, Lunch, Pastry, The Cottage, Travel

This post continues on from: Strahan. After two days in Hobart and three in Strahan, we headed north to the Tamar Valley and Olive’s Cottage, our property at Windermere. We visit the cottage about four times a year, for four or five days each visit. Some of our time is taken up meeting up with our property manager and our gardener. …

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 …