Recipes for Australia Day

Robin Boyle Australian, Bread & Yeast, Miscellaneous, Nibbles & Hors d'oeuvres, Recipe, Traditions-Feasts

This time of the year, at least in the southern states of Australia, the flowering gums are glorious. It is also when we celebrate Australia Day, on January 26. It is a contentious date because it celebrates white settlement in Australia. The issue has been thoughtfully addressed here. In 2015 the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition took steps …

Life’s A Peach!

Robin Boyle Family, Fruit, Recipe, Tamar, Tasmania

Are peaches the most delicious of all fruits? I won’t answer that question as I can’t. Finding the perfect peach What I do know is that my father, George, grew the best peaches I have ever tasted. He didn’t really have to grow his own as he had free access to the stone fruits grown in the various Tamar Valley …

For New Year’s Eve

Robin Boyle Finger Food, Miscellaneous, Nibbles & Hors d'oeuvres, Recipe, Traditions-Feasts, Vegetables

We will spend this New Year’s Eve at a friend’s apartment which has a wonderful view over Melbourne. There will be a dozen or so of us, starting around 8.30 pm. The aim is to make it through to midnight, waiting for the fireworks. Everyone will ‘bring a plate’ and, no doubt, there will be partaking of celebratory drinks. If …

Special Experiences

Robin Boyle Berry Farm, Fruit, Produce-Supplier, Recipe, Restaurant-Cafe, Tamar, Tasmania, Tassie Businesses & Attractions, Thai, Wine

(Continued from: Jobs and a Family Catchup) Tasmania is known for the quality of its produce and there are more and more outlets willing to showcase what the State can do. While it is renowned for its berries, it isn’t really known for Thai cuisine. A showcase of Tassie produce Wednesday was our last day. We had arranged with my …

Jobs and a Family Catchup

Robin Boyle Breakfast, Family, Launceston, Recipe, Tamar, Tasmania, The Cottage, Vegetables

(Continued from: An Afternoon Feast) Olive’s Cottage is both a business and a holiday house for us. This means that there are generally jobs to do when we visit from Melbourne. We try to work these into enjoying the property, catching up with family and friends and searching out new experiences in the region. Business matters Our intention had been …

A Salad for Christmas Day

Robin Boyle Miscellaneous, Recipe, Salad, Traditions-Feasts

This was one of the surprise dishes for us in 2015. It is what we will be preparing this Christmas. Rhonda’s family have their Christmas dinner in the evening and there is always a big crowd. Always our role is to prepare the entree, while others contribute with turkey and ham, vegetables in different guises, and traditional pudding with brandy …