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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.

Chinese New Year of the Water Rabbit 2023

Chinese New Year of the Rabbit 2023

January 22, 2023, marks the end of the Tiger year and the beginning of the Water Rabbit year.

Those born in 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023 are born in the year of the rabbit.

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

According to the Chinese zodiac story, the Jade Emperor, who was the boss of everything, held a competition to decide the zodiac animals.

Film - The Lost King

The Lost King

If you're looking for a cool escape during our Australian hot spell, why not escape to the cinema and lose yourself in The Lost King, a brilliant movie, starring Sally Hawkins, Steve Coogan and Harry Lloyd?

Based on a true story, The Lost King is about King Richard III and how his remains were lost for over 500 years.

In 2012 the remains of the monarch were discovered beneath a car park in Leicester.

The search had been orchestrated by an amateur historian, Philippa Langley, superbly played by Sally Hawkins.

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Merry Christmas 2022 to all and here are some of my favourite gift ideas.

Instead of buying yet another scented candle or tablecloth for your family and friends, why not think of those less fortunate and organise a hot dinner for a homeless person, donate to charity or support StreetSmart, an organisation that looks after the homeless and needy, helping to provide meals and accommodation to them.

I'm sure your favourite charity will appreciate your efforts and help.

Cunard British Film Festival 2022

Cunard British Film Festival 2022

The next film festival to hit our shores is the Cunard British Film Festival 2022.

Presented by Palace cinemas, the full program features a formidable line-up, celebrating the talents of Britain’s finest film makers and actors including Stephen Frears, Sally Hawkins, Emma Thompson, Bill Nighy and more.

This year is the festival's 10th anniversary and there will be exclusive premieres of highly anticipated films plus an abundance of dramas, documentaries and comedies.

Book Review: The Beige Index

The Whitewash and The Beige Index

By Siang Lu

Published by University of Queensland Press

RRP$32.99

 

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.”

MICE2022

MICE2022

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.

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