August 5, 2016


Blood Oranges, with their distinct crimson colour and sweet juicy flavour, are now in season, through to the end of November. To celebrate the first pick of the 2016 Blood Orange crop, third generation citrus farmers, Redbelly Citrus, hosted a feast of the season’s finest at Lucio’s in Paddington, purely to demonstrate the many uses for this delicious fruit in cooking.

DSC09611From an entrée of kingfish fennel and olives with blood orange dressing, a main of roast duck marinated with blood orange and served with a blood orange sauce to a chocolate cannoli filled with blood orange mousse, this versatile fruit has no boundaries when it comes to a chef’s imagination.

Redbelly blood oranges are grown in Australia’s Riverina, located in Southern New South Wales, where the day and night temperatures match almost exactly the climate of the best blood orange growing regions of Sicily. Redbelly blood oranges have a distinct flavour that is reminiscent of the Sicilian blood oranges, more so than blood oranges grown in other regions of Australia.

“Blood oranges are a fantastic fruit to cook with and mix with. You’ll notice a strong citrus base flavour with distinct raspberry notes. There’s a lot to play around with, which makes for good fun in the bar and in the kitchen,” said Len Mancini, co-founder and Director at Redbelly Citrus, Australia’s premium producer of blood oranges. “Not only are DSC09587they packed full of flavour, but their rich crimson colour looks incredible whether you blend, mix, squeeze or slice them. You can use them in any recipe that calls for regular oranges as well. We want mixologists, chefs and home cooks to get inspired with a fruit not commonly on the menu or shopping list and experiment with the exquisite flavour.”

Boasting many health benefits, blood oranges trump their citrus cousins and superfood competitors as they are better tasting, better looking and full of goodness. Packed full of antioxidants and vitamin C, their distinct deep crimson colour is a result of the anthocyanins produced in the flesh of the fruit. These anthocyanins have been found to reduce the impacts of modern life and improve health.

With blood oranges available from late July through to the end of November, look out for fruit with an even blush of colour on the skin to indicate a vibrant red when cut open.

Redbelly blood oranges are available at most independent grocers, fruit stores and fresh fruit markets. They are softer to the touch than navel oranges, which means they are full of juice. Smaller blood oranges are more likely to be red right through and larger fruit will have opal-like variations between orange and red. Store in the fridge to maintain freshness and the cold will actually help develop the internal colour over a couple of weeks.

Sandra Tiltman     Photos: John Pond




August 5, 2016


Sandra Tillman at Festival announcement

Sandra Tillman at Festival announcement

One of the most significant showcases of Indian arts and culture ever staged in Australia will be taking place between August and November 2016. From the classical to the contemporary and involving world class performers, the Confluence Festival of India will enthrall audiences in seven cities, promoting cultural bonds, tourism and business opportunities between Australia and India.

DSC09670 (1)The festival will begin in Sydney on 17 August with performances by India’s best-loved Odissi dancer, Sujata Mohapatra, followed by “The Wedding Album”, a contemporary Indian play performed in English, on 3 September.

Collaboration with Australian artists is a key component of the Festival, such as a joint performance by the Indian spiritual music group Sonam Kaira & The Sufi Gospel Project and Australian musician Ashlee Clement along with a didgeridoo player.

No event featuring India and Australia would be complete without cricket. Cricket Connections is a multimedia narration of the unique thread that binds the two nations.

The Bollywood Workshop is sure to be a popular event amongst dance enthusiasts

Festival events will also occur in Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth. See

Sandra Tiltman     Photos: John Pond


August 2, 2016



Following rave reviews in France and Lebanon, Théâtre Excentrique’s latest production, “Beirut Adrenaline”, brings to life memories of the day to day existance of those living in war torn Lebanon during the 1980’s.

From no water, no electricity, regular bombings and fear for the future, life still goes on, even with some humour, amongst those who are still living with a will to survive in this war torn city.

Written by Hala Ghosn and Jalie Barcilon, this production is also the world premiere for the play’s performance in English.

“Beirut Adrenaline” is a powerful insight into the Lebanese conflict and how each of the characters deal with adversity.

Théâtre Excentrique’s Director & Producer, Anna Jahjah, has captured the mood of Lebanon 1986 and the daily problems faced by the Daher family who are separated by the war. Zyad and his sister Mona escape to Paris, while their brother Marwan is stuck in Beirut. He kills time on his balcony, chatting with his new neighbours.

Neveen Hanna, Mansoor Noor, Danielle Dona, Perla Escalon, Eli Saad, Sana’a Shaik and Delphine Vuagnoux bring their characters to life with believable performances.

“Beirut Adrenaline” is playing until 14 August 2016 at the Downstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre, 25  Belvoir Street, Surry Hills. Duration 1hour 20 minutes with no interval. Performance times 7pm or 8.15pm Tuesday to Saturday and 5.15pm Sunday.

Sandra Tiltman     Photos: John Pond

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