Asparagus – One Of The Most Versatile Vegetables!

Robin Boyle Australian, General Interest, Lunch, Main course, Recipe, Vegetables

The asparagus season in Australia starts around the beginning of September – maybe August in some regions. Imported asparagus can be obtained all year round, but it is the local season that one waits for. And then you have an abundance of a vegetable that is so easy to work with, has a lovely flavour and texture and which is …

Lockdown Tryouts – The Oven!

Robin Boyle Fish & Seafood, General Interest, Lunch, Main course, Recipe, Vegetables

Covid-19 lockdown has given everyone plenty of opportunities to experiment with their cooking, to go back to old favourites and to try out some of those newspaper cut-out recipes. Not everything we have tried has worked but we are generally very pleased rather than disappointed. In this post we include some savoury successes from the oven. Cazuela – An Argentinean …

A Pan-Fried Cheese & Ham Toastie – With an Egg!

Robin Boyle Australian, Cheese, Lunch, Snack, Supper

One great aspect of lockdown is having the time and inclination to try old-favourite recipes. Recently The Melbourne Age ran an article on How to make the perfect toasted cheese sandwich. It provides heaps of ideas and options. So recently we have been cooking our version. It derives from a visit to Dallas, Texas, some years ago. The Lumen Hotel …

We Invite The Neighbours In: For Drinks and Nibbles!

Robin Boyle General Interest, Nibbles & Hors d'oeuvres, Photos: Food, The Cottage

This is a continuation from We Invite The Neighbours In: Perfect Weather! Easy to prepare nibbles With Launceston and the Tamar region having very agreeable summery weather from November to March, we can plan events at Olive’s Cottage with a high degree of confidence. We aim to be outside and use the main deck or the barbecue pit. (We can …

We Invite The Neighbours In: Perfect Weather!

Robin Boyle General Interest, Nibbles & Hors d'oeuvres, Photos: Food, The Cottage, Wine

Summer Climate Launceston and the surrounding region, including the Tamar Valley, has a remarkable summer climate. Daily maximums are consistently in the mid to low 20s (Celsius), rarely dropping below 20oC and rarely making it above 30oC. On average, the region’s maximum is a couple of degrees higher than Hobart and a couple of degrees lower than Melbourne, while those …

Festivale 2017 – Launceston’s Carnival of Food and Wine!

Robin Boyle Australian, Cheese maker, Launceston, Produce-Supplier, Restaurant-Cafe, Traditions-Feasts, Travel, Wine

“Festivale, one of Tasmania’s premier summer events, is a three day celebration, designed to showcase the very best of Tasmanian food, wine, beer, arts and entertainment. Staged in Launceston’s historic and picturesque City Park the ambiance of the outdoor event is unique.” You can read more on the Festivale website here: Launceston Festivale. The peacefulness of City Park is transformed. …

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 …

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 …