Roast mutton

Around the world: Chinese – Xinjiang

Xinjiang cuisine belongs to the Uyghur minority, a Muslim ethnic group that originated from the northwest border of China. Given that the Xinjiang region is bordered by neighbouring countries including Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India border, food from the area is characterised by lamb, beef, and chicken, and is halal. What to eat? Shou La Mien: Handmade noodles that have been … Continue reading Around the world: Chinese – Xinjiang

rolled oats

In the pantry: Oats

Come winter time, oats is one of the most favoured breakfast cereal grains, mainly because it’s comforting and warming to the soul. But for many people, there is only one type of oats. In reality though, there are a few different types of oats: steel cut, rolled, and quick. Here’s a low-down on how they differ: Steel cut oats: Sometimes also referred to as Irish oats, … Continue reading In the pantry: Oats

Community Table chats with Matt Moran.

At the table with: Matt Moran

Restauranteur, chef, and TV personality Matt Moran has been running some the country’s top kitchens for the last 30-plus years, including ARIA Restaurant, Opera Bar, and more recently Chiswick. When he’s not in the kitchen, Moran is publishing cookbooks, and hosting TV shows such as From Paddock to Farm and The Great Australian Bake Off Who is your inspiration? I get inspiration from many places … Continue reading At the table with: Matt Moran

Kibbeh is a type of Syrian food.

Around the world: Syrian

Syrian cuisine is much like the first cousin of Turkish and Lebanese cuisine, mainly because it was so heavily influenced by the Ottoman Empire. This means they’re huge fans of tangy, salty, and sour flavours. One of the many highlights of Syrian food is their version of tapas known as mezza, which refers to a generous serving of small dishes such as dips or salad. … Continue reading Around the world: Syrian

Owner of Holland House

Holland House brings a piece of the Netherlands to Sydney

During the weekdays, Smithfield, a southwestern suburb of Sydney, is a roaming ground for large trucks that are making pick up and drop off deliveries for nearby industrial business parks. On the weekends, the roads become secluded, but that’s also when Holland House is at its busiest. Husband and wife John and Anita van Altena have been running Holland House, a Dutch retail store and … Continue reading Holland House brings a piece of the Netherlands to Sydney