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ANU loses much loved cabaret and food venue(s)

Teatro Vivaldi back-story, last shows, see below by John Shortis Teatro Vivaldi on the ANU campus has been a much-loved cabaret venue and restaurant for 14 years. During that time it has hosted significant names like Jon English, Caroline O’Connor, Simon Burke, Rhonda Burchmore, Simon Gallaher, as well as numerous student productions,

Australian bush to TS Eliot

New botanical exhibition by Sharon Field 25 March – 7 May Acclaimed botanical artist Sharon Field will open a solo exhibition at Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore on 25 March. The Burra resident and Captain of the Burra Bushfire Brigade will show 18 exquisitely rendered watercolour paintings of artefacts typical of summer

Bruschetta on toasted rolls

Note: this can only be made when the tomatoes are at their richest, ripest peak. This is not a midwinter or even early spring dish! Bruschetta This recipe adapted from Jill Dupleix’s “I Hate To Cook”, 1991, Mandarin Books 2 cloves of garlic 3 ripe eating tomatoes ½ cup fresh basil leaves (you can substitute

Pinot noir – pining for a glass?

Hereby introducing a new column for our region’s many fine-wine lovers and discussers. We’re lucky to have met Corinna Baird, associated with Wamboin’s newly re-opened winery/cafe Contentious Character (nee Lambert Vineyards). She will bring us more wine news and discussion in the coming months. We start with that international favourite

Book review: A Single Tree

A Single Tree – voices from the bush Compiled by Don Watson Penguin Random House, Australia 2016, 416pp Reviewed by Jenny Goldie Brandishing a $50 Christmas gift voucher from my son, I raced into the bookstore, meaning to buy the much acclaimed 2014 book by Don Watson, called “The Bush”. In my haste I

The art of making cheese

Farmhouse cheddar   I had never considered making cheese, until I met Graham Redhead at a Fair Food dinner in Bungendore last year. He was running a cheese-making course that weekend and happened to sit at the same table. I was so fascinated by what he said and the way he said

High country journey of revelations

Robin Tennant-Wood interviews Deborah O’Brien author of The Rarest Thing An article about mountain pygmy possums was the inspiration behind Deborah O’Brien’s latest novel, The Rarest Thing. Following a successful signing of her new book at Miss Ruby's Bookshop on 26 November, Deborah spoke to me about the novel, pygmy possums and

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