Wrapping an eel in Gymea leaf and paper bark, ready for the barbeque at the Eel Festival at Elizabeth Farm. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums
Our free, family-friendly Eel Festival celebrates Parramatta’s namesake, the eel, and its significance to the local Darug people the Burramattagal, who for generations have gathered during eel season to feast, trade and share stories.
Detail of an advertisement for steam kitchens from Paxtons Philadelphia Annual Advertiser, 1819.
The sweltering days we’ve had recently have put me in mind of a cook standing in front of a roaring open fire. So with that in mind, (drum-roll please) – it’s time to introduce “The most compact, clean, and best cooking apparatus in the whole world!” Continue reading
Detail of view of Elizabeth Farm by A G Foster. State Library of NSW
Its that time of the year again, when the Bunya cones are falling – or at Elizabeth Farm at least the husks! Continue reading
Paul Bocuse. Photograph (c) by 'Jarvin'. Source Wiklipedia, used under Creative Commons licence.
Last week saw the passing of one of the giants of gastronomy – Paul Bocuse, who died aged 91. Continue reading
The Cook and the Curator is turning five! Continue reading
Detail of advertisement from 'Woman' magazine, February 5th 1945. Meroogal collection_Sydney Living Museums
I’ve been spending time at Meroogal lately as we wrestle with the collection stocktake. This magazine cutting certainly caught our attention! Continue reading
A pair of Astley Cooper chairs from Smee & Sons catalogue 1850. Sydney Living Museums, Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection
Okay I admit it; I may have become a little too obsessed with the perils of Astley Cooper chairs. Continue reading
Detail of Many Happy Returns of the Day_engraving after Frith. Rouse Hill House collection, Sydney Living Museums
In the schoolroom at Rouse Hill House an engraving shows a child’s birthday party in full swing – with the very real risk that some of the party-goers will end up on the floor! Continue reading
Sauce ladle handle in fiddle and shell pattern. Photo (c) Scott Hill for Sydney Living Museums
This week John Macarthur is heading home to Sydney after eight years away. That’s means it’s time to go shopping! Continue reading
Detail of crime scene photograph. NSW Police Forensic Photography Archive. Justice and Police Museum, Sydney Living Museums
So far we’ve told our culinary stories through kitchens, kitchenalia, cookbooks and manuscripts; I think this is the first time we’ve looked at a police forensic photograph! Continue reading