What’s in the Fridge? No. 9

Robin Boyle Australian, Cakes & Biscuits, Dessert, In the fridge?, Morning or Afternoon Tea

Christmas Sink Cake The Olive’s Kitchen recipe for Summer Fruit Cake is very versatile. You can modify the ingredients in many ways, keeping the key cake ingredients (dry and wet) to roughly the same proportions. The fruit, including the apple, can be varied according to what you have on hand. The recipe came in handy before Christmas for Rhonda’s family’s …

What’s in the Fridge? No. 7

Robin Boyle Australian, Cakes & Biscuits, In the fridge?, Morning or Afternoon Tea

Banana Bread We recently had short notice that interstate friends were in Melbourne and turning up for morning tea. We had about two hours to put something together. We could have gone shopping. Instead we searched the fridge and freezer. We found five frozen bananas, some frozen cream and a pack of frozen butter. (If we have excess bananas, ripening …

El Calafate – Glacier Country!

Robin Boyle Australian, Cakes & Biscuits, Dessert, Latin America, Morning or Afternoon Tea, Photos: Food, Travel

This post follows on from: Torres del Paine Calafate and El Calafate The Calafate berry is symbolic to Patagonia, being indigenous to the region. Around a metre tall, the bushy plants produce edible berries that look a little like blueberries and have a taste that some describe as hinting of black currant, mulberry and/or blackberry. You will find them in …

Making The Impossible! No. 4

Robin Boyle Australian, Dessert, Dinner Party, Impossible?, Miscellaneous, Morning or Afternoon Tea, Pastry

A Sweet Pastry – Blind baking made easy! Blind baking or par-baking a pastry shell for a tart or quiche can be a little testing as it normally means lining the shell with baking paper or foil and filling with ‘weights’, such as rice, beans or metal weights, then baking for around ten minutes or so. We have always used …

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 2

Robin Boyle Cakes & Biscuits, Dessert, European, France, Morning or Afternoon Tea, Picnic

Continued from Europe 2016 – Part 1. A German Style Plum Sheet Cake Our plum sheet cake experiment would happen, but at Chamonix in France, not in Bavaria. The key steps in our method are described below – follow them, or find a recipe for this type of cake in your cookbooks or on the Internet. It is a very …

Making The Impossible! No. 1

Robin Boyle Cakes & Biscuits, French, Home-Made, Impossible?, Miscellaneous, Morning or Afternoon Tea, Recipe

It is impossible to make croissants at home! Right? Well I think so! Decent ones, anyway. I did try to make croissants once but I have selectively cleared my mind of the details of that unfortunate experience. The complexity of the process and the dismal result warrant the jettisoning from the memory bank. Despite this memory cleansing, my love for …

What’s in the Fridge? No. 2

Robin Boyle Australian, Cakes & Biscuits, Dessert, In the fridge?, Morning or Afternoon Tea, Recipe

We love to cook with leftovers or with what’s in the fridge or freezer or on the pantry shelves. Last week we had friends coming for afternoon tea. We had an apple, two plums and some strawberries that needed using, along with some cream heading towards its use-by date. We also had a stock of frozen berries that needed using …