Hoi An Banh Mi – The World’s Best Sandwich?

Robin Boyle Herbs and Spices, International Travel & Photos, Snack, South East Asian, Travel

  This post about banh mi is a continuation from Hoi An: The Food! A ‘sandwich’ that is distinctly Vietnamese Later in this post we will give our method for making a banh mi (pronounced ‘barn mee’) that is truly yummy and clearly in the Vietnamese style. It isn’t a traditional recipe, but it encapsulates the key characteristics from our …

Made At Home – No. 4

Robin Boyle European, Herbs and Spices, Home-Made, Preserves: Savoury, Recipe, Salad, Vegetables

In reading the contents of this post, also check: Food Safety Is Paramount Flavoured oils are simple to make, however, you need to be cognisant of potential problems from contamination. Hence, check the link given above. Shake them or stir them from time to time. Use good quality extra virgin olive oil. Store out of the light. Use them to …

Made At Home – No. 3

Robin Boyle Australian, Herbs and Spices, Home-Made, Nibbles & Hors d'oeuvres, Preserves: Savoury, Recipe, Snack, Vegetables

In reading the contents of this post, also check: Food Safety Is Paramount It makes sense that dill pickles should involve dill. However, the key ingredient is the seed, not the herb part. While green dill is relatively easy to find, the seeds can be difficult to track down. You might have more luck finding a packet of pickling spices …

Made At Home – No. 2

Robin Boyle Herbs and Spices, Home-Made, Moroccan, Recipe

Over the last two decades, harissa, like preserved lemons, has become known largely through Moroccan recipes. Jars or tubes of harissa can be found but they tend to have a ‘mass produced’ texture and flavour, and thus they are often somewhat less satisfying than homemade versions. The key ingredients to harissa are chillies – hot red ones – and garlic. …

Made At Home – No. 1

Robin Boyle Australian, Herbs and Spices, Home-Made, Moroccan, Preserves: Savoury, Recipe

We have just returned from staying at Olive’s Cottage in Windermere for several days. With autumn well under way in Tasmania, the herbs were looking a little ragged and needing trimming while the lemon tree had a handful of fruit that needed to be picked. We were thus prompted to make three items we regularly make at home in Melbourne. …

Our Herb Garden

Robin Boyle Family, Herbs and Spices, Home-Made, Miscellaneous, Recipe

We don’t have a garden big enough in Melbourne to grow vegetables, which is rather fortunate: unlike my father, I am a hopeless gardener! We do, however, manage to maintain a reasonable selection of herbs. Paradoxically, while my father had an extraordinary vegetable garden, he grew little in the way of herbs – mint, parsley and chives. Instead, like most …