Burnt Vegetables! Part 2

Robin Boyle Latin America, Launceston, Restaurant-Cafe, Vegetables

Continued from: Burnt Vegetables! Part 1 It takes practice to burn vegetables … and expertise! It sounds silly doesn’t it?  That: “It’s OK to burn food“. Or that your spouse could be happy when you say with pride: “Darling, I’ve managed to burn dinner!” But as renowned Argentinean chef, Francis Mallmann, explains in his book, Seven Fires, “the right amount …

Shoots and Sprouts

Robin Boyle Australian, Dinner, Launceston, Lunch, Recipe, Restaurant-Cafe, Salad, Tassie Businesses & Attractions

If you will excuse the pun, there are always new products sprouting up in the markets and supermarkets. Recently we noticed a new range of shoots and sprouts: radish, rocket, watercress, chervil, sorrel, chives, … They aren’t inexpensive, but they do look terrific. Great for garnishes. And depending on how many you have, you can add them to a salad. …

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 …

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 …

An Afternoon Feast

Robin Boyle Lunch, Poultry, Recipe, Salad, Tasmania, Tassie Businesses & Attractions, The Cottage, Vegetables, Wine

(Continued from: Preparations for a Long Lunch) Back at Windermere after the cheese and vegies pickup, we had forty-five minutes or so before our friends arrived. Final preparation A quick check of the chicken in the oven showed all looked fine. The broccoli shoots and silver beet were quickly trimmed, washed and shaken dry. The white turnips peeled like a …

Preparations for a Long Lunch

Robin Boyle Berry Farm, Breakfast, Cheese, Family, Lunch, Orchard, Poultry, Recipe, Tasmania, Tassie Businesses & Attractions, The Cottage, Vegetables

It was late Sunday night when I realised how much the lunch that day was a microcosm of life at Olive’s Cottage, with memories from my parents’ time mixing with aspects of how the cottage works for us now. During the afternoon we had lamented to our Tassie friends that we had eaten our breakfast while a recalcitrant wallaby calmly …