Chin-chin! its cocktail time.

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.

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Joanna Nicholas, curator

Joanna Nicholas, curator, Sydney Living Museums. Photo © Stuart Miller for Sydney Living Museums

Joanna Nicholas is Curator in the House Museums Portfolio, responsible for Vaucluse, Elizabeth Bay and Rose Seidler Houses. She is passionate about the immersive experiences house museums can provide for visitors – the power of their collections, gardens and grounds. Continue reading

Eating modern

The kitchen and servery at Rose Seidler House Photo © Nicholas Watt for Sydney Living Museums (detail)

We’re ‘thoroughly modern’ here at SLM, with The Morderns: European designers in Sydney and Marion Hall Best: interiors exhibitions in full swing at Museum of Sydney. Modernism came into its own on our shores with European émigré architects, interior designers and furniture makers working in the 1930s to 1960s. Not only did modernism change the way we live, it changed the way we cook and eat.  Continue reading

Country hospitality

The way eggs should be - 'Hillingdon eggs' boxed by hand in recycled cartons, collected by Izzy and Lil. Donated by Michelle Pearce for an eat your history workshop, Orange, NSW. Photo © Jacqui Newling for Sydney Living Museums

Yours truly, ‘the Cook’ has been eating up the country miles with a visit to Forbes and Orange in New South Wales Central West. Continue reading

The Colonial Kitchen

Saturday night in a diggers hut (detail) 1865. Nicholas Chevalier in The Australian news for home readers. State Library of Victoria

While we’ve been dishing up small tasty morsels about food in colonial Australia, local Sydney author Charmaine O’Brien has created a banquet of tastes, both culinary and social, in her latest book, The Colonial Kitchen: Australia 1788- 1901. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). Taking us from hearth-side cookery in bushman’s huts to the most elegant dining rooms in the land, this book introduces us to homely housewives, servants struggling trying to meet the culinary needs of the squattocracy, influential cookery writers and entrepreneurial restaurateurs. Continue reading