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 …

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 …

Shoots and Sprouts

Robin Boyle Australian, Dinner, Launceston, Lunch, Recipe, Restaurant-Cafe, Salad, Tassie Businesses & Attractions

If you will excuse the pun, there are always new products sprouting up in the markets and supermarkets. Recently we noticed a new range of shoots and sprouts: radish, rocket, watercress, chervil, sorrel, chives, … They aren’t inexpensive, but they do look terrific. Great for garnishes. And depending on how many you have, you can add them to a salad. …

Making The Impossible! No. 2

Robin Boyle Australian, Dessert, Dinner, Impossible?, Launceston, Lunch, Miscellaneous, Recipe

It is impossible to make flour based cakes and puddings in the Microwave oven! Right? Well we have stumbled across a self-saucing chocolate pudding that gives a great result when microwaved. The background Some weeks ago we were over at Olive’s Cottage at Windermere. It was just a few days after the flood scare for Launceston. Fortunately the levee banks …

An Afternoon Feast

Robin Boyle Lunch, Poultry, Recipe, Salad, Tasmania, Tassie Businesses & Attractions, The Cottage, Vegetables, Wine

(Continued from: Preparations for a Long Lunch) Back at Windermere after the cheese and vegies pickup, we had forty-five minutes or so before our friends arrived. Final preparation A quick check of the chicken in the oven showed all looked fine. The broccoli shoots and silver beet were quickly trimmed, washed and shaken dry. The white turnips peeled like a …

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 …