Monday, March 28, 2016

Fiddler on the Roof Musical comes to Sydney

I’m thrilled that the Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof opens at the Capitol Theatre Sydney tomorrow night. When I heard that Australian stage and musical theatre legend Anthony Warlow was starring in this musical I knew it was a must see. I grew up listening to Warlow’s rich baritone, roof raising voice. His voice was one of those I could listen to over and over again when I was studying for exams in the old school days to drown out my parent’s conversations when they were a pitch too high. Warlow graces the stage again with his brilliance in performance and vocals in Fiddler on the Roof, the new musical coming to Sydney. I caught a glimpse of it during the media previews last week where we listened and watched as people filled the stages to the electrifying opening number, “Tradition”, which defines the main theme of the musical story and the tension between honouring the past and accepting progress into the future. The music enters your bloodstream and without knowing the full story line (as I like to keep some of it a surprise), I could tell the musical is about celebrations, life, loss and hope.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Stylediary: Exquisite Custom Made Jewels by Tessarella House

Dabbled in a bit of jewellery photography yesterday (tricky business) … These are my jewels for next week’s blogging event, created by Tessarella House.  Behind the boutique business, Tessarella House are two lovely talented creative sisters, Anna and Contessa who specialise in custom made jewellery. They are my go to ladies for custom made jewellery for big dress up events where you need that little bit of icing on the cake of dress elegance like weddings, red carpet, birthdays, any special event really, but even if you want something special for no reason at all, they can design something bespoke for you without breaking the bank. They recently relocated to Alexandria where you can see their creative works at their boutique.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Dining at Sea: A Taste Onboard the Celebrity Solstice

If I only had three hours onboard the Celebrity Solstice there would only be one thing I would choose to do on this colossal ship as a foodie and that is to dine at one of their 10 speciality restaurants … the second would be to kick off my shoes, wiggle my toes on the soft green grass on board the ship’s Lawn Club (which really grows by the way and someone has to mow it), breathing in the fresh air of the sea, whilst soaking in the glorious sun on the top deck. Well, that’s what I did last month on Valentine’s Day on the Celebrity Solstice with Mum, who absolutely loves to travel by sea, as much as I love the gastronomical flavours that comes from it.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Recipe: Barilla Pappardelle with White Fish, Chick Peas and Arrabbiata Sauce

I tried another one of Barilla’s recipes tonight using their Pappardelle all’Uovo which cooks in 7 minutes. The Pappardelle all’Uovo is a pasta with the largest shape available amongst traditional egg-based pastas. The pasta style originates from Tuscany and is used in many traditional Italian dishes. Like the tagliatelle I tried it has just below 30% egg contents which makes the pasta really rich and silky, very close to fresh pasta.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Ceru brings Levantine flavours to Sydney

I'm lucky to be living in a country so rich and open to different cultures and with that, comes an opportunity to taste new dishes, sprinkled with a chef’s flair of creativity to create traditional cultural blends of explosive flavours, modernised for the Australian appetite for the fresh crunch that will make you crave for more. The dishes of the restaurant I’m referring to is that of Sydney’s newest restaurant in the heart of Potts Point, a restaurant that takes on a different approach to food from the Levantine region comprising of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, Jordan and Israel. Headed up by Chef Tom Kime, Ceru Sydney follows the Levantine restaurant Ceru open across three locations in London.

This dish above is from the 'Veggie Heaven' section of the menu and is their spiced cauliflower and walnut salad with pomegranate, mint, and crumbled goat's cheese.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Little Shop of Horrors The Musical

Little Shop of Horrors is one of those musicals that resonate not because I loved the movie (as it was made well before my time) but because I dipped my toes into learning all aspects of the stage of musical theatre during an 8 week course at NIDA (what on earth possessed me think I could do the Triple Threat – singing, acting and dancing!) and the number we listened to over and over again was the prelude to the Little Shop of Horrors, dissecting every bar of the music sheet each week. It was a challenging yet insightful course that makes me appreciate and have a new found respect for those who have been doing it for many years and mastered the musical theatre stage. Hats off to you!

Custom cupcakes made by Black Velvet, Sydney

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Barilla Tagliatelle with Artichokes, Prawns & Saffron Recipe: Quick & Easy Weeknight Dinner

I always love trying to cook new pasta dishes at home as pasta is such a versatile product with flavours you can experiment with. I tried Barilla's new Tagliatelle egg pasta which is now available from Woolworths. It is a little different to the other Barilla pasta I've used. It's finer and cooks a lot quicker ie in 5 minutes. Tagliatelle all'Uovo pasta range is said to have been inspired by the hair of Lucrezia Borgia, Pope Alexander VI's daughter dedicated to her by a poetic and skilful chef. There's just below 30% egg which makes it rich and silky very close to fresh pasta and also makes it a perfect cook-at-home weeknight dinner option given preparation time is halved. Be sure not to overcook the pasta and stick with the time as per the instructions on the packet. Your pasta should be light and springy and with enough bite to stand up to the fennel and the prawns.

Alliance Francais French Film Festival 2016: 3 Passionate French Films to Watch

What happens to you when there is ‘passion’? Something inside is ignited that ‘moves’ you. It brings about a new energy, a ‘hum’ that makes you do things, create things, say things, write things, not because you have been asked to or paid to, but you have a desire to. There is a joy, a pure joy, when something is done with passion. I’m a firm believer of disrupting routine and carving time away for passionate pursuits to bring in new energy and reinvigorate the soul. Every year I carve time out to watch the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival and this year brings an excellent array of French cinema across seven cities in Australia.