Here at Sydney Living Museums we love our food!

Sydney Living Museums' Food is a flavourful feast of stories about food and cooking. We invite you to step inside our kitchens, peek into our pantries, sit at our tables, leaf through our cookbooks, cook from our recipes and forage in our gardens to discover some fascinating food facts, revive some lost arts with ‘how to’ videos and taste forgotten flavours with recipes you can make at home. 

Eat with us! Come along to our seasonal artisan and harvest markets and Colonial Gastronomy programs or dine in our cafes, restaurants or tearooms in our heritage properties. Try some of our heirloom recipes from The Cook and the Curator blog and relish our new book, Eat your history, stories and recipes from Australian tables.  



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The Cook and the Curator

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The Cook and the Curator, brought to you by Sydney Living Museums (SLM), invites you to explore our food heritage. Each month we visit one of our extraordinary properties, introduce you to its past residents and look at what, where and how they ate. Comb through old cookery books, decipher handwritten recipes, experiment with heirloom produce, rediscover lost culinary arts, and enjoy family stories. We also show you how to blend exotic spices, whip up apple snow, make gelatine from calves’ feet (if you dare!) and lay the perfect Regency table – and this is just a portion of what’s on our menu.

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Scott Hill and Jacqui Newling at the well, Vaucluse House. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums



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The Cook and the Curator

5 years of curries, roasts, punch, puddings, pineapples...Thursday 30 November 2017

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Chin-chin! its cocktail time.Thursday 23 November 2017

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Marking timeThursday 16 November 2017

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More than just cutleryThursday 9 November 2017

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Joanna Nicholas, curatorThursday 9 November 2017

Colonial Gastronomy

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Colonial Gastronomy is a series of food-based programs presented by our resident gastronomer Jacqui Newling held every few months at our historic house museums. Inspired by letters, manuscript recipes, cookbooks and menus from our collections, the properties themselves or their locale, these fascinating programs are designed to revive lost arts or rediscover forgotten flavours, ingredients and culinary concepts by exploring our places. They range from ‘talk, tour and taste’ experiences or hands-on workshops to masterclasses with artisan producers and more elaborate catered dining events. They have included butchery and cheese-making classes, pickling, preserving and cordial making, Christmas plum pudding workshops and recreating colonial breakfasts and dinner menus.    

Jacqui Newling, colonial gastronomer and author. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

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Foraged from the history books of our houses these recipes are sure to delight the young mind.