Monthly Archives: April 2011

Lolli Redini, Orange, NSW

// // // ]]>// Our recent trip to Orange was made more memorable because of so many great restaurants, serving good, honest food with the freshest of local ingredients. One such restaurant is Lolli Redini, which has been award with … Continue reading

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International Chopin Piano Competition

The International Chopin Piano Competition is one of the most prestigious music competitions on the international arena. Held once every five years since its initiation in 1927, some of its first prize winners include world renown pianists Maurizio Pollini (Italy … Continue reading

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Glossary of musical terms

Accidental – A note whose pitch is not a member of the scale of the most recently applied key signature. Adagio – In a slow and leisurely tempo. Alla marcia – In a march-like style or tempo. Allegro – In … Continue reading

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Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Opus 21 (2nd movement)

The second movement of Chopin’s piano concerto begins with the strings and woodwind leading the piano into arguably one of the most beautiful passages of music ever written. This concerto was composed in 1830 when Chopin was 20 years old … Continue reading

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Southern Highlands in the palm of your hands

It is easy to lose track of time when we are caught up in our busy lives each day. Happy family reunions mark the passing of time and these occasions seem to come sooner each year as we gather and … Continue reading

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Pork ribs soup with carrots and red plums

One of my favourite hearty soups to warm a winter night is pork ribs gently boiled with Chinese red plums, carrots and a few slices of dehydrated squid. Amazingly simple to prepare, you can put the stock on a gentle … Continue reading

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Pasta with Chorizo and red sauce

// // // ]]>// This is a sure-fire summer sizzler. Instead of the usual meat and sausages, I would fire up the BBQ to slap on some of these thick chunky chorizo sausages on the smoking grill. Lightly spray the … Continue reading

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George Gershwin

“True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time. My people are Americans and my time is today” –  George Gershwin George Gershwin was born on September 26 1898 and is widely regarded as the … Continue reading

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Chopin Etude in A flat major, Opus 25 no. 1 (Aeolian Harp)

Background Chopin’s etudes are essentially a system of technical piano playing exercises which are among some of the most challenging and provocative pieces written for the solo piano repertoire. There is a total of 27 etudes comprising two separate collections … Continue reading

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Roast chicken with peas and tomato salad

I love KFC but I just don’t understand the current craze with the new KFC burger. For one, I dislike barbeque sauce in any food. And thinking of slapping cheese and bacon on my KFC with a mix barbeque sauce … Continue reading

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Chopin Etude in G flat major, Opus 10 no. 5 (Black Keys)

Have you ever tried hopping over rocks along a riverbank without getting your feet wet? Playing this etude feels that way because the score for the entire right hand is played on the black keys, hence its nickname the “black … Continue reading

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The South Coast Food & Wine Trail

Do you have fond memories of your vacations and reminisce the happy times, good food and good company with loved ones? Do you sit at the office daydreaming about that mouth-watering glass of pinot while tucking into the roasted duck … Continue reading

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Gershwin’s Embraceable You – transcription by Earl Wild

Embraceable You is just one of some many beautiful songs composed by George Gershwin. However, Earl Wild, one of America’s greatest pianists and contemporary composers gave this piece a new dimension with his beautiful arrangement for the piano. Yeol Eum … Continue reading

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Fresh steamed prawns with coriander dipping sauce

On a glorious summer afternoon, nothing can beat this dish except perhaps eaten with some cool renditions of Gershwin’s jazzy numbers. This recipe is so simple yet tasty, it’s done before you find the lighter for your BBQ. Click on … Continue reading

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Thai style slow-cooked lamb shoulder

// // // ]]>// I can’t quite recall the last time I was caught in the rain, but I was caught yesterday afternoon rushing about in the city. The consolation was that I was with my wife, Mysaucepan. She managed … Continue reading

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Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor

// // // ]]>// There is something about this piano concerto that fuels my emotions no matter how many times I listen to it. Perhaps it’s the grandeur and passion of its dark haunting melodic lines or the stark contrast … Continue reading

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Rachmaninoff Prelude in G minor, Opus 25, no. 3

This famous prelude in Alla marcia tempo is a showpiece of Russian nationalism to inspire and evoke a sense of pride of the Russian army. It is composed in ternary form where the B section introduces a slower, flowing melodic … Continue reading

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Beef Wellington

I have never been quite a fan of beef Wellington because cooking it well requires a certain level of skill and timing, which is probably why I’ve never attempted it. And the ones that I have tasted before seemed like … Continue reading

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Chopin Nocturne in D flat major, Opus 27 no. 2

This piece of music is the epitome of Chopin’s beautiful cantabile style. My mind drifts to a beautiful place whenever I play this piece late at night. Lento sostenuto meaning “slow and sustained” is Chopin’s musical directive for this piece … Continue reading

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Rick Stein at Bannisters, Mollymook

I am not a fan of restaurants where celebrity chefs lend their brand names only to find the executive chef to be someone other than the famous chefs themselves. At Rick Stein at Bannisters in Mollymook, that someone other than … Continue reading

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Rice vermicelli in chicken broth

Rice vermicelli in chicken broth was the staple diet in my family for as long as I can remember. Whenever I cook this wholesome meal  at home, it fondly reminds me of my mother ~ beautiful and heart-warming, it soothes … Continue reading

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Van Cliburn – arguably America’s greatest pianist

Update: Van Cliburn passed away on 27 February 2013 after his illness from bone cancer. Sadly, the world has lost one of its greatest pianists and a truly remarkably human being. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ Van Cliburn is arguably the greatest pianist that … Continue reading

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Racine Restaurant, Orange

Our recent weekend away to Orange was truly a memorable where the highlight was lunch at Racine Restaurant. The dish that left us raving about fresh, hearty country produce and the deft skills of chef Shaun Arantz is the signature … Continue reading

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Basalt Bar & Dining, Millthorpe

Update: This restaurant has permanently closed its business operations. On our way back from our Orange trip, we decided to stop by Millthorpe to nose around for lunch even though I was secretly eyeing KFC joints along the highway. This … Continue reading

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Vide Cor Meum by Patrick Cassidy

Vide Cor Meum is a beautifully haunting song composed by Irish composer, Patrick Cassidy based on Dante’s “La Vita Nuova”. This music was specifically composed for the movie Hannibal in 2001 and first appeared in a scene where Dr Hannibal … Continue reading

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