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.

Book Review: The Beige Index

The Whitewash and The Beige Index

By Siang Lu

Published by University of Queensland Press



Emerging Queensland writer Siang Lu has won accolades for his novel The Whitewash by luminaries such as Benjamin Law who described it as “an utter fever-dream of a mockumentary, drawing on truths from life-life racism and film history that it sometimes hurts to laugh at what you're reading because it cuts so close to the bone.

“Audacious, original and a kick to the guts – in the best possible way.”



If your day only starts with your first cup of coffee, welcome to the caffeinated club.

Coffee aficionados like me want to taste everything that's innovative and wonderful about our favourite heart starter and there's always something new and interesting to tempt our tastebuds.

If you're a barista, a coffee roaster, own or work in a cafe, the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) is also for you.

Some of the highlights of MICE2022 are two Roasters Alleys to give attendees a huge choice of brands.

2022 St Ali Italian Film Festival

2022 St Ali Italian Film Festival

Palace Cinemas once again presents this year's St Ali Italian Film Festival.

The 2022 festival celebrates the culture and cinema of Italy and starts on September 13, promising to transport viewers on a favoloso escape to Italy.

Want to know how to win a double pass to the festival?

Read on.

Movies will screen in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Byron Bay, exclusively at Palace Cinemas, Cinema Nova, Palace Nova and Luna Palace cinemas.

German film festival 2022

2022 German Film Festival

Check out this year's German Film Festival and you may win a double pass to the film of your choice.

This year's German Film Festival will be from 24 May to 22 June in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Byron Bay.

Presented by Palace cinemas, in collaboration with German Films, the full program features a standout selection of 26 films.

These include New German cinema direct from European festivals, a celebratory retro sidebar, Kino for Kids and new Austrian and Swiss cinema.

Mother's Day 2022

Mother's day 2022

Happy Mother's Day to all mums, grandmas, stepmoms, adoptive mums and mums-in-law.

If you've been fortunate to have had a grandmother or two or a grandma figure in your lives, you probably had a wonderful childhood.

My cousin Josephine Chua remembers her grandmother fondly.

"It must have been difficult for Mak to run a household of 11 children and three servants to help, but she came through with flying colours," she reminisced.


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