According to the 2006 census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics states that approximately 200 nationalities live in Australia.

Aboriginal and Torres Islanders, Owners of this land, mainly lived on wild berries and catch of the day from crocodiles to kangaroos, emus and fish, until the colonisation of the British in 1788.

The WW1 and WW2 along with invasions and conflicts around South America, Middle East, Africa, Russia and the Far East have contributed in the increase of immigration to Australia. Migrants arrived from all over the globe, carrying minimum belongings if any, culture and Grand Ma’s recipes.

Since my arrival to Australia in 2008, I have developed a sense of exploration of this country, and I have witnessed the culinary buzz, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne. I have dined in the finest top hat restaurants such as Guillaume at Bennelong, Lucios and Porteno, just to name a few; and was inspired by top chefs such as Antonio Carluccio, Maggie Beer, and Jamie Oliver.

One evening, I was dinning at an authentic Italian restaurant, and ordered Agnolotti with Napoletana sauce. I could see the chef: a very old chubby woman from Napoli, with the strength of a horse, stirring the tomato sauce with her full arms, and her large breasts almost dipped in the red sauce. Once finished, she merged it all together and handed in the Agnolotti plate. I am not a singer but I think I did an opera of joy that night! This woman was a simple human being with no cooking degree and zero English who grew up watching her mother learning from her grandmother, the magic effect of tomatoes. This recipe, such as many others, was shipped from one ocean to another to land in Australia, and finally in my plate. Such experience grew a curiosity in me to combine somehow my love for food and travel with minimum effort, and found myself fortunate to be in Sydney, home of 200 nationalities.

I decided to drop the chef hats and travel short to the streets of Sydney to pay homage to authentic worldwide cuisines.

Agnolotti with Napoletana sauce

2 Comments Add yours

  1. deeFoodie says:

    Uuff!! Your description of the old mamma brought back memories of watching the ladies in India cook. I can imagine her squishing you in her wobbly jiggly arms!! So delicious, so sweet!

    I look forward to reading every post of yours….and perhaps joining you on some foodie adventures. Good luck! 😊

  2. smilynarnia@yahoo.com.au says:

    could you please cook for me one day? it looks yuummmmmm… love it

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