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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.

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.

2022 Spanish film festival competition

Spanish film festival competition
Hola amigos!

The 2022 Moro Spanish Film Festival presented by Palace cinemas returns with a curated selection of films from Spain, Latin America and beyond.

The films below are our first sneak peek into the programme which will screen at Palace Cinemas in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Byron Bay, starting on April 19 in Sydney.

Chinese New Year of the Tiger 2022

Chinese New Year of the Tiger 2022

This year is the Chinese year of the Water Tiger, which starts on February 1, 2022, and ends on January 21, 2023.

A water tiger year occurs every 60 years and the Chinese zodiac has five elements, earth, water, fire, wood and metal.

Those born in 2022, 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938 are tiger people.

The 12 zodiac animals are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

Each year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year-cycle.

So this is Christmas

So this is Christmas and what have you done?

Some Christmas humour

I wouldn't go as far as stuffing the turkey with Prozac, but Christmas can be a time when emotions run high and instead of peace and goodwill to all, it becomes stress and distress for some.

So here's some funny Christmas stories to lighten the mood.

Christmas in the Australian summer can be a trying time for the appointed family chef, usually Mum.

St Ali Italian film festival 2021 competition

St Ali Italian film festival 2021 competition

Live la dolce vita and celebrate spring at the St Ali Italian film festival 2021!

Read on and enter the competition to win one of three double passes to the festival and enjoy the best of Italian films.

One of the first things I did when we were released from the lockdown in Melbourne was to visit my favourite cinema. Watching movies is one of the joys of my life and 12 weeks without seeing a movie on the big screen was painful to me.

Book review. Last Shot by Jock Zonfrillo

Book review

Last Shot by Jock Zonfrillo

Published by Simon & Schuster Australia $45

Last Shot by chef and MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo is described as a coming-of-age memoir of addiction, ambition and redemption.

Born to an Italian father and Scottish mother in Glasgow, Jock's early life was heavily influenced by both cultures.

“Nonno, Dad's dad was the most Italian man who ever lived,” said Jock.

Nonno wore a suit if he was going down the street to buy a newspaper and was a larger than life character to his adoring grandson.

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