Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Australia Sunday, 1.30pm, 7Two
It’s enough to make you want to lie down in a cool room with the shades drawn. Lyndey Milan has so much energy it’s a wonder she doesn’t implode. Her enthusiasm is infectious, her knowledge of food and wine impressive. And she conveys the message with such wit and simplicity that even I, who baulk at throwing a roast in the oven, get the idea. You will remember Milan’s engaging series on Greece and Ireland in which she explored the countries’ culture and cuisine. In this new 18part series, she shows us everything that’s unique and good about Australia’s produce and adventurous lifestyle. It took 12 months to film the series, which she describes as a “Girls’ Own Adventure cooking fabulous food among cows, pigs and goats in temperatures from 2C to over 40C”. Typical Milan: she fed kangaroos on Pebbly Beach, rode a camel at Port Macquarie, went fly fishing in Canberra, dragon boat racing on Lake Burley Griffin, flew across the tulips at Floriade on a crane, rode a trike in the Barossa; panned for gold in Orange, took a balloon ride at sunrise in Canowindra and finished up paddling a canoe at sunset on the Margaret River in Western Australia. And that’s just for starters. It’s as much a travelogue as a foodie show. Here in episode two, she visits the Tamworth country music festival in NSW and picks up some tips from local chefs.