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 …

Australia Day 2019 – A Glorious Sunset & Recipes!

Robin Boyle Australian, Barbecue, Miscellaneous, Nibbles & Hors d'oeuvres, Recipe, Thai, Traditions-Feasts

Australia Day, January 26, is a contentious date because it celebrates white settlement in Australia. We raised this issue in an earlier blog post here. We feel it is important to have a national day so until our leaders come up with an alternative we will probably continue to celebrate on the 26th with a gathering of friends. We started …

Festive Season 2018 – Wrap Up!

Robin Boyle Miscellaneous, Recipe, Traditions-Feasts

On the last day of December 2018, with New Year’s Day pending, we thought a summary of some of our Christmas and New Year food experiences might be in order. The Lead Up Our local farmers’ market fell at the right time, mid-December. So we stocked up for pending functions. Our purchase of Swiss chard and baby leeks led us …

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 …

India – Mumbai

Robin Boyle Indian & Sri Lankan, Photos: Food, Travel

Continued from Goa Many cities have an iconic feature. For Mumbai, perhaps it’s the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. It became famous worldwide because of the terrorist attack of 2008. There are few other features to rival it. The new international airport has a gorgeous interior. However, on the way in from the airport the traveller will notice the extensive slums …

India – Goa

Robin Boyle Indian & Sri Lankan, Photos: Food, Travel

Continued from Kerala Cuisine Goa was one of the destinations we had all wanted to visit at some stage in our lives, and so once the whole itinerary was finalised we sent out the announcement: “We have a Goa!”. We spent three nights there, staying at the Taj Holiday Village. It was perfect for us with its extensive grounds, a …

India – Kerala Food

Robin Boyle Indian & Sri Lankan, Photos: Food, Travel

Continued from Kerala Waters Kerala is the most southerly western state of India and its coastline is part of the fabled Malabar Coast. It has its own cuisine, with influences from traders and settlers from Arab, Mediterranean and European countries dating back thousands of years, along with their religious influences including Christian and Jewish. With the arrival of Vasco da …

India – Kerala Reflections

Robin Boyle Indian & Sri Lankan, Photos: Food, Travel

Continued from Colombo Kerala is the most southerly western state of India. Three fifths the size of Tasmania in area, it has over sixty times the population, with 34 million people! Its coastline is part of the fabled Malabar Coast. The coast south of Kochi is low-lying, with extensive areas of freshwater and saltwater rivers, canals, lakes and lagoons. For …

Sri Lanka – Colombo

Robin Boyle Indian & Sri Lankan, Photos: Food, Travel

Continued from Galle Colombo has the typical features of large Asian cities: the traffic, street sellers mixed in between grand buildings, the smells, the throngs on the sidewalks… Estimates of the number of people vary but it seems there are around 2 million in the greater Colombo area. The Sri Lankan capital has its fair share of religious and memorial …

Sri Lanka – Galle and the Southern Coast

Robin Boyle Indian & Sri Lankan, Photos: Food, Travel

Continued from Central Highlands From Ella, we descended the highlands to the southern plains, stopping for coconut water refreshments and a visit to an elephant orphanage (some just a few months old; could there be a cuter experience?). The role of Buddhism is ever-present, though Hinduism, Christianity and Islam are well-represented. “Old Galle” is enclosed by the Portuguese-Dutch fort dating …