Entertainment

Why French Cuisine Is Perfect For Winter

For the gourmand in you.

Photo: SBS

If you haven’t been watching Plat du Tour, then you’re missing out.

Coinciding with the Tour de France, renowned French chef Guillaume Brahimi (Bistro Guillaume) takes us on a tour of great french cooking, without leaving Australian shores.

Each episode is only a few minutes long, and it covers a new region and dish. They’re on every night until July 18, but you can catch up and watch them all on SBS iView.

According to Brahimi, French food is the most comforting, especially throughout the winter months.

“French food in Winter is lots of slow cooking, and a lot of stews. I love all the tender meats, and the roast vegetables,” Brahimi tells Thrillist.

“In France, the winter is very cold. Daylight is from 8am, and the sun has set by 5pm or 5:30pm, but there’s nothing better than getting home and having a beautiful bowl of soup, or roast chicken. Or stew. Or the smell of my pear tarte, and having a quiche for lunch.”

Winter food in France warms the heart, body and soul and while at first glance it may seem complex, the best French dishes are often the most simple.

“If I could only have one Plat du Jour for the entire winter, it would be potatoes,” says Brahimi. “I make them three different ways – Gratin Dauphinois, Pomme Lyonaise, Pomme Boulangerie.”

“The Gratin Dauphinois is a classic French dish and the ultimate comfort food. A dish of sliced potatoes baked in milk or cream, using the gratin technique, from the DauphinĂ© region in south-eastern France.

“Pommes boulangère are literally the “potatoes from the baker” and another French classic – the French method of oven cooking potatoes. And Pomme Boulangerie is a delicious, classic French dish of sliced potatoes, onions and parsley. It’s a stable in every French household.

“Because there’s three of them, I could swap them out every three days, so I could have a rotating Plat du Jour.” Not to mention that potatoes are never a bad idea.”

We might not be able to visit France right now, but we can certainly enjoy French food. Brahimi’s Plat du Tour series transports us right there, with his thick French accent, the gorgeous views and French food culture, which according to Brahimi, is “living life to the full.”

In a cuisine where the most important ingredient is butter, what could go wrong?

Brush up your French cooking skills or try something new from one of the 21 short episodes of Plat du Tour now on SBS iView.

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Entertainment

Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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