Food Sa­fari

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 7.30pm, SBS One In tonight’s de­but of her fourth se­ries, Maeve O’Meara vis­its Dar­win. She says there are a thou­sand spices on the warm breeze up there, in­clud­ing the sharp scents of le­mon­grass, gin­ger and chilli — and that’s just from the Asian end of the spec­trum. In the Top End there is a thriv­ing in­dige­nous food cul­ture as well as the cui­sine of an enor­mous Greek com­mu­nity. Who knew the place was so well served with fab­u­lous food? Tonight you could learn how to cook wild bar­ra­mundi on the beach, take in a prized in­dige­nous recipe and find out how a Greek bar­be­cue is done Dar­win-style. One rea­son for the flour­ish­ing of all th­ese dif­fer­ent cuisines is that al­most any­thing grows in Dar­win. Add that to abun­dant seafood and you’ve got a Top End tourist at­trac­tion that pos­si­bly should be bet­ter known. Who knew that oc­to­pus had to be beaten on rocks then vig­or­ously mas­saged and par­tially de­hy­drated be­fore be­ing bar­be­cued? Aren’t there flu­ids you can steep it in to less ath­let­i­cally re­lease the starch?

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