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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Symphony in the Domain

A regular highlight on the Sydney Festival calendar, Symphony in the Domain is the perfect excuse to pack the picnic rug, a hamper of gourmet goodies and lie under the stars listening to the Sydney Symphony.

The keen ones always camp out overnight to secure (tent)pole position. We've never been this desperate! By 5pm though, all tents must come down so everyone gets uninterrupted views of the stage and screens (aren't we Aussies egalitarian).

Our combined picnic effort included goi cuon; pasta salad with basil, cherry tomatoes and spicy chorizo; baguette terrine of roast beef, humus and antipasto; ham and egg bakes and plenty of cheese and crackers.

Close-up of the baguette terrine. That's why I'm calling it anyhow. Originally inspired by a cooking segment on Two Fat Ladies. Developed and executed by a fellow foodie.

Strawberries and marshmallow skewers drizzled with chocolate (and err.. saliva).

A couple of short showers did little to dampen the Aussie spirit. The crowd were staying put.

William Barton on the didgeridoo was a crowd favourite, particularly when he erupted into a surprise beat-box style didgeri-rap. When he echoed a "check yo-self" down the instrument, the crowd hollered in approval.

The theme of this year's event was Journey to the Stars, concluded--as tradition demands--with Tchaichovsky's 1812 Overture complete with real canons and fireworks.

Symphony in the Domain 2005 Program:
Journey to the Stars
R STRAUSS and Sprach Zarathustra - Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey
BELLINI - Norma: Casta Diva
HOLST - The Planets: Saturn and Mars
WILLIAMS - ET: Flying Theme
LEONCAVELLO - Pagliacci: Stidano Iassu
HOLST - The Planets: Jupiter
TCHAIKOVSKY - 1812 Overture

The Symphony in the Domain
3rd or 4th Saturday in January in the Domain.
Starts 8pm and runs for about 2 hours.
Best of all, it's FREE.
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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 1/22/2005 11:59:00 pm


  • At 1/26/2005 8:50 pm, Blogger Fish Fish said…

    Kekeke... the pics of ur foods look much more tempting to fish fish than the performance. :P

  • At 1/27/2005 10:53 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi fishfish - Yes the food is always one of the highlights! However it really was a lovely evening of entertainment. That's what I love about Sydney--the outdoor BYO picnic lifestyle combined with free performances. Unbeatable. And such a warm and friendly crowd too.

  • At 1/27/2005 1:11 pm, Blogger pinkcocoa said…

    hey AG
    I was gonna head there too but too bad, both my bf and I came down with a cold so we stayed home instead! Your baguette terrine looks delicious! I have always wanted to make something similar.Ham and egg bakes look yummy too. I have yet to try making my own goi cuon!
    Oh belated Happy Australia Day! <- I don't think this is a proper greeting for the national day?

  • At 1/27/2005 4:34 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi pinkcocoa - The weather has been wet and drizzly of late, and I'm surprised none of us got colds that night either. Still it was a wonderful evening and a great excuse to pig out.

    I can't claim credit for the baguette terrine. But I can verify that it was delicious. So were the ham and egg bakes. I was so inspired by both I have already filed them into the picnic recipe mental archive for future use!

    Happy Australia Day to you too! Your first ever! I don't think there really is a "proper" way to say this greeting... except perhaps "pass another snag will ya mate?" :P

    Looks like you had a great day nevertheless.

  • At 1/29/2005 5:27 pm, Blogger R said…


    The egg and ham tarts came from Jill Dupleix. I saw her make them at the Good Food Show in 2003, but think the recipe is in her latest book - Very simple food.

  • At 1/30/2005 2:00 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi R - Simple but still perfectly executed in the hands of a modest chef! They were deee-licious!

  • At 1/31/2005 9:56 pm, Blogger Ms One Boobie said…

    Love the Strawberries and marshmallow skewers drizzled with chocolate.. ;) jealous..!!!!
    And would have love to go listen to the Symphony...*sigh*.. but alas.. my spouse.. no interest in such arty farty thingie... and NO symphony here either..!!! can die or not..??!!??? how did someone like me.. end up in a place like this..???!!?? Love is SOOOOOO... blind..!!! no..??

  • At 2/01/2005 10:29 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi MrsT - Oh I should have clarified... the strawb skewers were actually on sale. We didn't make them. But they looked good!

    Ahhh.. you will have to work on your spouse's cultural sensibilities... maybe you can organise some kind of trade-off? :-) And yes, love is blind, but it also keeps you warm in winter too... ;-)


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