Toasted cornbread and jalapeño jam in San Francisco

Since returning to Sydney these past few months, I can’t help but notice just how much more we’ve become influenced by American food trends. It’s easy to pick out what’s been replicated from the other side of the Pacific: bagels with lox and cream cheese, milkshakes with paper straws, pulled pork everything. Hipster Mexican. But it’s not quite the same, and… Read More Toasted cornbread and jalapeño jam in San Francisco

Petersham Nurseries Cafe and other fine dining memories

I just read that Skye Gyngell’s new restaurant opens today at Somerset House in London. Whenever I think of that beautiful building, I think back to a moment in December 2005 when I stood in front of it, watching the ice skaters whizz by on the temporary outdoor skating rink installed for the winter. Skye Gyngell, by the way,… Read More Petersham Nurseries Cafe and other fine dining memories

Exploring Italy with La Mappa Misteriosa

I’ve just started watching La Mappa Misteriosa on ABC iView. Each episode of the series is less than ten minutes and it’s compelling viewing — no mean feat for a program essentially designed for learners of Italian. It’s a clever interactive drama that mimics the experience of cultural immersion. The introductions are in English, and English punctuates each… Read More Exploring Italy with La Mappa Misteriosa

My diary of a week on an Italian farm

I don’t know when I first heard about WWOOF — Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Although the movement is more than forty years old, I probably learnt about it around the time when we all seemed to become more interested in the true cost of agricultural industralisation. I started to meet people who were involved with organic farming and… Read More My diary of a week on an Italian farm