Take a wok on the wild side with me

Welcome to A Wok on the Wild Side.

Please join me in my adventures in the culinary world and all things gastronomic.

Food, travel, books, music and the arts are all close to my heart, not to mention my tastebuds!

I've enjoyed tasting and testing recipes since I was a child in primary school who insisted on helping Mum stir her cake batters and test her bread and butter puddings for afternoon tea.

Happy Easter!

Fish Chowder


Try this fish chowder recipe at Easter

Serves 4


40g butter

1 large brown onion, chopped coarsely

1 clove garlic, crushed

2 rindless bacon rashers (130g), chopped coarsely

2 tbsp plain flour

2 medium potatoes (400g), chopped coarsely

3 cups (750ml) milk

2cups (500ml) vegetable stock

400g firm white fish fillets, chopped coarsely

2 tbsp finely chopped fresh chives


Newcastle Writers Festival

Newcastle Writers Festival


Until Sunday, April 6.

If you are in Newscastle or visiting the area, why not check out the Newcastle Writers Festival?

Kate Forsyth and Hugh Mackay will be in conversation at different times and you might even meet some Wordy Women!

Find out how fiction helps us rehearse our response to ethical dilemmas in Dry Run or attend readings by local poets.

Details on www.newcastlewritersfestival.org.au



White Night Melburne 2014

White Night Melbourne 2014

After captivating audiences in 2013, White Night Melbourne is back.

In its 2013 debut, White Night Melbourne attracted more than 300,000 people.

Starting at 7pm on Saturday, 22 February 2014, Melbourne’s city streets, laneways, landmarks and cultural institutions will once again be transformed into a cultural playground from dusk-till-dawn.

Share the love this Valentines's Day

Share the love this Valentine's Day

Why not share the love this Valentine's Day by helping the less fortunate be a little more happy, a little more comfortable?

Buy a gift from the heart from Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, send it in your loved one's name and you will be helping in the treatment and prevention of birth injuries at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital and regional centres in Ethiopia.

A donation of $30 buys a dress or bedding for a fistula patient and $600 funds an entire operation.

Valentine's Day 2014

Valentine's day

Is Valentine's Day a day to celebrate love and romance, another excuse to splurge, indulge, enrich the coffers of the gift shops and florists or a day to quietly reflect on what love really means?

I gathered some pearls of wisdom, albeit some quirky ones, from friends and family about how they knew their partners loved them.

Henry Heng:

Someone changed the facebook to "got engaged."

It was like being married publicly.


Lim Su Min, ever the romantic:

Olive oils from Spain

Olive oils from Spain


DURING an interview with celebrity chef Justine Schofield (Masterchef and Channel 10’s Everyday Gourmet), it was clearly evident that she loved Spanish olive oils for their health benefits and fantastic taste.

Currently an ambassador for olive oils from Spain, Justine is about to embark on her fourth season of Everyday Gourmet, while also running Justine Schofield Catering.

"I just love the beautiful rich flavours of Spanish olive oils," she enthused.

January and February newsletter


January whizzed by in a whirl of hot weather, long lunches, movies, books and general chilling out, or rather, trying to chill out in the heat.

Once you've celebrated the Chinese New Year of the Horse on January 31, there is lots happening food-wise in Melbourne and elsewhere, so watch this space.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Like sushi, okonomiyaki, beer, anime and Japanese games?

Visit the Melbourne Japanese summer festival at Federation Square for some food, fun and games.

Happy Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year of the Horse


Happy Chinese New Year!

January 31, 2014, marks the start of the year of the Wooden Horse.

According to the Chinese horoscope, people born in the year of the horse are clever, kind, animated and energetic.

Although they sometimes talk too much, they are cheerful, perceptive, talented and love to be the centre of attentioni in a crowd. Maybe that's why they talk too much. To be noticed?

They are popular among friends, active at work and have a great sense of humour.


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