'Grow your own vegetables, raise your own fowls' Artist unknown, Commonweatlh Food Control, 1944 ECL #201
AWM: ARTV02474 © Australian War Memorial, Canberra. Note the beetroot and potatoes centre left.
While World War II battled on across the globe, Australians at home responded to a call for arms in a more localised sense to do ‘their bit’ for the war effort. Continue reading
Charlotte Russe prepared by Charmaine O'Brien. Photo © Jacqui Newling for Sydney Living Museums
Frozen food is not something we might normally associate with picnics, but in 1875 entrepreneur businessman Thomas Sutcliffe Mort invited three hundred dignitaries to a picnic in Bowenfels, New South Wales, in the Lithgow Valley to demonstrate the colony’s latest technology.
A classic butter-pastry Broomfields pie. Photo courtesy Broomfields Pies © Richard Mortimer Photography
Arguably one of our national treasures, the humble pie has been enthusiastically devoured in Australia since 1788. Long before Harry’s Café de Wheels (which started in the 1930s) our colonial forebears bought pies from street vendors, the most famous being the ‘Flying Pieman’,
Farm manager Lawrence with his chicken entourage at Rouse Hill House and Farm. Photo Scott Hill © Sydney Living Museums
Chicken consumption has increased exponentially in Australia since the 1950s, when it was still a select, and for many families, special occasion or luxury food. Thanks to modern production techniques, chicken is now one of our cheapest meats . Not only have chickens reduced in price, the ones we generally buy today have changed in size, form and flavour when compared with the chickens our grandparents were eating. Continue reading
Tot's wedding cake ready to serve at Meroogal. Photo © Scott Hill for Sydney Living Museums
With love in the air for Valentine’s Day and the flurry of ‘yes’ responses to marriage throughout the community, Sydney Living Museums’ Unlocked magazine (circulated to SLM Members) has a strong focus on romantic unions. Unsurprisingly, our interest in weddings turns to celebratory breakfasts and cake. Continue reading
Australian Brush-turkey (Alectra lathami) Photo Graham Winterhood 2017 via wiki commons.
While the now ubiquitous native ibis – affectionately (??) known as ‘the bin chicken’ – has made its mark as a Sydney icon in the delightful Alphabetical Sydney Creative Lab at the Museum of Sydney, the ‘brush’ turkey is enjoying its own share of media coverage, as it encroaches upon inner Sydney’s suburbs… Continue reading
Jelly-filled oranges. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums
If you’re after some last minute inspiration for your festive tables here are a few of our favourite entertaining and edible gift ideas from our recipe archives and Eat your history book. Continue reading
Christmas cake from Dolly Youngein's 1912 recipe. Photo © Jacqui Newling for Sydney Living Museums
The once ubiquitous fruit cake, which was available by the slice at the counters of many a tearoom, cafe or corner shop – may become a Christmas-time only indulgence. Continue reading
The Christmas Fare at Hyde Park Barracks Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums
If your year has been as busy as ours and December has suddenly reminded you that Christmas is looming, our annual Christmas Fare at Hyde Park barracks is bound to bring joy, with lots of entertaining and gift giving solutions. Continue reading
Cocktail cabinet, veneer with cubistic marquetry design by P E Kafka, c1947 (Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences collection) on display in The Moderns. exhibition, Museum of Sydney, 2017. Photo © Nicholas Watt for Sydney Living Museums
This weekend is your last chance to see The Moderns exhibition at Museums of Sydney. We thought we’d celebrate its last huzzah! with a cocktail or two, inspired by the stunning Paul Kafka inlaid cabinet in the image above.