The plundered punchbowl at Sweetness and Light at Elizabeth Farm. Photograph (c) Scott Hill for Sydney Living Museums
Last Friday at Elizabeth Farm we celebrated the connections between Australia’s oldest European house and India with a night of Bengal sugar – and rum punch! Continue reading
Rouse Hill House and Farm Autumn Harvest Festival Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums
This weekend at Rouse Hill House and Farm we welcome in the culinary delights that the cooler weather brings at our Autumn Harvest Festival. Continue reading
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.
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
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
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
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.
Fort Street Public School - [cookery class], 1 Jan 1910, State Archives NSW, Digital ID: 15051_a047_005338
As the end of the school year draws near and students’ heads are down for impending exams it seems appropriate to revisit Dolly Youngein’s school cookery achievements at Fort Street Public School in 1912. Continue reading
Rose Seidler's cutlery service housed in custom built drawers in the kitchen at the Harry and Penelope Seidler House, Killara , 2014. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums
‘Well that’s the one thing that Viennese of course take great pride in, is knives, forks, cutlery’…  Harry Seidler, 2003
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