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 …

Showing Friends Around – Part 4

Robin Boyle Dessert, French, International, Recipe, Tasmania, Travel

(Continued from:  Showing Friends Around – Part 3) Our two German friends, from Bavaria, are on a tight schedule with just five weeks in Australia overall, and just six nights in Tassie! What to do, where to take them in Tasmania? So far they have stayed at Olive’s Cottage (our property at Windermere), they have seen Launceston and toured the …

Recipes From The Italian Riviera

Robin Boyle International, International Travel & Photos, Italian, Italy, Main course, Nibbles & Hors d'oeuvres, Recipe

(Continued from Tomato Sauce – Italian Style) As well as an abundance of herbs and tomatoes, you may well have an abundance of cherry tomatoes. And maybe you also have a surfeit of figs! Below you will find two simple but excellent Italy-inspired recipes: grilled cheese-stuffed figs and a pasta sauce using cherry tomatoes. Three years ago on an extended …

Pesto, Salsa Verde, Chimichurri – Three essential green sauces

Robin Boyle Italian, Italy, Latin America, Latin American, Recipe, Sauce: Savoury

(Continued from Our Herb Garden) In this post I am writing about herbs that could be classified as ‘soft herbs’, meaning leafy, salad-like herbs as distinct from the more pungent ‘hard leaf’ herbs like thyme, rosemary and bay leaves. Just now, in the second half of February, we have plenty of these in the garden. We have too much to …

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 …

Showing Friends Around – Part 3, After Olive’s Cottage

Robin Boyle Fish & Seafood, International, Produce-Supplier, Recipe, Tasmania, Tassie Businesses & Attractions, Travel

(Continued from Olive’s Cottage:  Showing Friends Around – Part 2) Our two German friends, from Bavaria, are on a tight schedule with just five weeks in Australia overall, and just six nights in Tassie! What to do, where to take them in Tasmania? So far they have stayed at Olive’s Cottage, our property at Windermere on the east Tamar, seen …

Showing Friends Around – Part 2

Robin Boyle Art & Design, Delicatessen, Eggs, International, Recipe, Restaurant-Cafe, Tamar, Tasmania, Tassie Businesses & Attractions, Wine

(Continued from:  Showing Friends Around – Part 1) Our two German friends, from Bavaria, are on a tight schedule with just five weeks in Australia overall, and just six nights in Tassie! What to do, where to take them in Tasmania? Well of course they wanted to see Olive’s Cottage, our property at Windermere on the east Tamar, and see …

Showing Friends Around – Part 1

Robin Boyle Australia Mainland, Greek, International, Melbourne & Victoria, Recipe, Salad

In 2014 we received some surprise news: our two German friends, from Bavaria, would be visiting us in Australia in August 2015. They are perhaps the two most travelled people we know, and since meeting them for the first time in the late 1980s we have received numerous postcards from their exotic and mysterious destinations. We have been fortunate to …