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 …

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 …

A Church In Crisis – Scones, Jam And Cream!

Robin Boyle Australian, Cakes & Biscuits, General Interest, Photos: Food, Tamar, The Cottage

We have a meeting with some or our Windermere neighbours over scones, jam and cream. (Continued from: Soup and Golf ) The neighbours rally Windermere is a semi-rural settlement with houses on half-acre or bigger blocks spread out along the road. Now there are over 100 houses along the five kilometres from the highway along the edge of the Tamar …

Indigo Valley – Home Grown Produce!

Robin Boyle Australian, Cakes & Biscuits, Dessert, General Interest, Melbourne & Victoria, Travel, Wine

Several years ago, Barry and Liz wound up their professional jobs in teaching and accounting-law in East Gippsland, and moved to the Indigo Valley in north-eastern Victoria. That enabled them to relocate to Liz’s family home and farm, where several siblings live nearby. We recently made the four hour trip up from Melbourne to see their property for the first …

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 …

Tierra Del Fuego and Cape Horn

Robin Boyle Cakes & Biscuits, Latin America, Photos: Food, Travel, Wine

This post follows on from: Four weeks visiting Patagonia, Atacama and Mendoza Ushuaia Ushuaia is at latitude 550 South, the same as Macquarie Island, making it well south of Hobart at 430. Naively we expected a small isolated settlement in freezing barrenness. Yet we found a thriving tourist hub of 60,000 people with good infrastructure, interesting architecture and a bustling port …

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 …