SUTHERAND TRIO CONCERT NEW website SUTHERLAND TRIO – “TIME PRESENT AND TIME PAST” review by Sylvester Kroyherr/Rachel Sandey Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Elizabeth Sellars for the opportunity to run this editorial and to advertise this concert
Concert given at the Melbourne Recital Centre on 10 June 2015.
As per attached detailed programme, the trio displayed superb coherence from the start, presenting a varied and contrasting palate of musical moods. From the sweet, warm, charming and playful Haydn, we were treated to the tuneful Vaughan Williams – played with great feeling. Frank Bridge’s ‘Romance’ was an unusually beautiful piece that displayed rich and touching harmonies, wonderfully crafted with wholeness and consistency of sound. Reflecting on the ravages of WW1, Paul Grabowsky’s world premiere ‘Ellipsis’ presented a slow, groaning, harsh ethereal and painful scenario with a compulsive search for ‘meaning’ – a challenging piece but well executed. Lastly, the Piano Trio No. 1 by Hubert Parry was absolutely delightful as the four movements gave a well rounded combination of dynamic power, playful elegance, sweet warm harmonies and energetic zestfulness. Although technically difficult, the Trio’s excellent grasp of the piece left the audience gasping! A highly commendable performance as portrayed to them post concert. Sylvester Kroyherr (Musician/Architect). 13/6/2015
TRUPP COOKING SCHOOL TRUPP'S WHOLEFOOD KITCHEN BOOK NEW review by Julie Dargan, the Juice Master owner, Australia website Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Cassie Hudson, Trupp's Cooking School PR Director for her constant support with these editorials
"Here is my review for the book. Not too sure if I need to rate it but if I did it would be 10/10
Trupps’ Wholefood Kitchen Book by Walter & Dorota Trupp. Eat well, live well, feel great.
If you are looking for THE cookbook to buy for yourself or a loved one, then this is the book for you! Visually stunning and very easy to navigate, this collection of recipes and nutritional information will have you cooking healthy and delicious meals in record time.
Despite being a world renowned chef, Walter has taken great care to ensure the reader understands the instructions clearly from beginning to end. The ingredients are not too fancy; you will be able to find them at your local markets/supermarkets, and the techniques are not too difficult. This really is a book for the everyday cook.
Dorota’s nutritionist knowledge resonates on every page. Together, Walter and Dorota discuss such things as; food labelling gimmicks to look out for, what to look for when buying fresh fish, good fats we all should be eating, the life of bees and why their existence is so important… and the list goes on. They certainly have packed a lot of “fun to read” and necessary information into the pages.
Amongst all the great recipes and information, the basics of pie baking, raw food recipes, and how to know when fish is cooked, are three of highlights for me.
I recently took this book to our holiday home and every weekend we get it out and prepare three dishes during our stay. Many happy evenings has been spent sitting with family and friends discussing the delicious meals and what we will be trying out next time.
Masterchef move over! Here I come with my amazing meals! My whole family love that they get to share in my new passion for cooking that has been inspired by this cookbook. I used to be frazzled when trying out new recipes, but not with this one - it really is user friendly.
Thank you to Walter and Dorota for all your effort in writing this amazing masterpiece. "
HISTORIC WINTON NEW website review by Colin Ellis Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Jo Pocklington and Noel Wilcoxfor their support in organising this editorial and promotion of Historic Winton races
Wonderful Winton On Saturday the 30th May we had the terrific opportunity to visit the two day Classic Cars event at the Winton Raceway and experience the sound and noise of historical car racing. The Winton Motor Raceway is a 3.0km circuit in national configuration and a 2.03km circuit in Club configuration located near Benalla just off the Hume Highway, Victoria. The circuit has been established for over 40 years and hosts Motorcycle, Motor Car and Superkart racing as well as having vehicle product testing facilities. The trip up the highway to Winton takes two and a half hours, it is just off the freeway. Parking was well arranged and the event was well spaced out. Viewing was excellent, you can move around the course to obtain some good viewing spots. The crowd was a mixed group of enthusiasts and first timers like us. We noted for next time to bring our own chairs for extended viewing of many of the events and that there seemed to be facilities to camp at the track. The races were many and varied, the double bikes race was one of our favourites with the person in the side car lying right over to help the bike negotiate the corners. We were also able to enter the area where the competitors worked on their cars and bikes which also made you feel part of the whole event. The competitors were extremely enthusiastic about their racing and shared their enthusiasm and knowledge with us. There was another section to view a range of vintage cars and bikes with owners proudly displaying and imparting information about their well rebuilt treasures. Food was plentiful, well presented and well priced. There was even an indoor café. All in all an excellent event worth going to see, keep it in mind for next year or for some of their other yearly events.
WILD WILD WEST OR SOUTH AUSTRALIA THROUGH OUR EYES NEW
Heading to Adelaide. When you think about South Australia what is the first thing that comes up to your mind apart from wine? OK, nothing... I knew that. Let me make it clear: it is one fascinating country or should I have said: state.. a state, estate.... It was the road only that we saw from 0700am till 0400pm that Monday when we started our trip - some parts were boring, some were fascinating... But I do not like big cities so we tried to stay in Adelaide as little as possible - one night only and we headed off next morning to
...Port Agusta. Port Agusta night arrival was met by seagulls, seagulls and even more seagulls. Another quick night sleep trying to hide Tosha in the bags, rooms, blankets and prevent him from barking at those new and very exciting things around him.
Our next day on the road started so exotic - seeing two big brownish eagles (wedge tailed eagle?) guiding the road from both sides like some temple entrance - it was spectacular view; and then - families of emus and kangaroos which made Tosha even more excited than from the hotel bathrooms... The road was becoming more and more dry and empty - only a couple of trucks (probably riding back from Alice Springs) and some slow caravan drivers, truck, trucks and more trucks that we were taken over. The road was very smooth apart from some wild cows and their silly calves that ran over the road - probably their mums never taught them not to do it in front of the cars moving 110 km/hour - happily I pressed the breaks 20 cm next to a black young animal. I would feel very guilty if I killed him. There are also signs that warn you to be aware of animals crossing the road. Pity the animals can not read these signs. Our next stop was dusty... BTW, you should not take your pets with you to Botanical Garden in Port Agusta - it is for flora only not for fauna!
Coober Pedy. When your GPS says: "next KFC is almost 200km away" you know you are are going the wrong way... just kidding... probably you are going the wild way... but you arrive back to the past century - this is for sure... kidding again... NOT! If you imagine a more boring place than Coober Pedy I will give you a gold medal. But it looks like the life is all happening around the liquor store down there as the loud songs and the bottles clicking never stopped during the night which made Tosha sleepless and us... well... should I say it? I had to drive the next morning again and my mind was everywhere but not inside my body so we had to stop over in the red desert for a quick 10 min nap which probably saved all our three lives. We met travelling Russians on the road - caravan heading off to Alice Springs - all well equipped and words flew by from both sides discussing of course Russian politics and local nature, Oh yes, I forgot the other main attraction in the Coober Pedy apart from the drunken people... We popped in to the Opal shop to look at the fossils and the colored stones that people collect with no apparent reason - probably the magpies inside of them keep talking and liking the sparkly things. In 1970-s you could have been killed if you carried such stones on you. Now Coober Pedy is patrolled by police day and night but even with this activity we did not feel safe to be honest. Anyway, coming back to the Opal shop, actually Opalios store: very welcomed we were by the owner, a young Greek jeweller, George and his mother, Stella - very much felt at home at this place with these friendly and honest people (this is a family business owned by still working and active miner - the father), The family told us their history from 1970 and how the opals get formatted. We also got a free gift and were overwhelmed by these beautiful people kindness and generosity. The website to check out: http://www.opalios.com.au/ If you are ever there please pop in to say hello and get bewitched by Greek hospitality. Off we go from Coober Pedy with an empty tank of petrol and already 16 km gone as we had to come back to the same place - yes, we can forget to fill it up! It is normal after 3 days of constant driving... Our next stop is
Roxby Downs - such a pretty, wet and green place full of rabbits (that Tosha liked chasing) after a concrete-less Coober Pedy with no bushes for Tosha to use he felt like being in Paradise Gardens there - plus nice and luxurious hotel compared to the other places - yes, we recommend to stop there for everyone who love peace and goodnight sleep - I guess to everyone: Myall Grove Holiday Park - the names says it all http://www.aspenparks.com.au/parks/myall-grove We met lost of animals again on the road including one huge black - now I know it for sure as he was amazingly big - Wedge Tailed Eagle! He was sensational pecking on a kangaroo which misfortune on the road turned into his dinner for the next week probably as he was feasting... What a picture to observe him and the trails left by the humongous emus and kangaroos on the red sand. By the way if you ever pass Glendumbo and the sign says: "go to the city centre" - please do not buy it - there is no such thing as a city centre - it is actually there but surrounded by old dumped cars and machinery the city centre is in reality a not paved round-about around a small tree in the middle of the desert - it is depressing as much as it is free to Tosha to go anywhere and do his happy-in-the-fresh-air-toilet-thing... He likes travelling... Andamooka is the place with some of the roads being asphalted and it looks a little bit more civilized than Coober Pedy - at least we did not see even one liquor store there... Alex is telling me now that he actually saw one - and one homeless dog was sitting next to it... Visiting this place was actually a waste of time and we rushed closer and closer to BarossaValley... the BE CONSUMED video tempted us on Palace Cinemas screens for so long - we decided to check it out and see it with our own eyes
BarossaValley and even more valleys We stopped for the night in Gawler and headed off to the closest spot in BarossaValley the morning after. Not that many wineries we visited but that was not our purpose: the nature was overwhelming. I can not find enough words to describe it all, so breathtaking it was: not only BarossaValley but even more picturesque - the EdenValley and followed it small pretty country town: Hanhdorf, a beautiful German village. The places that we recommend to visit while you are there: - Gully Gardens with their very tasty dry fruit and fresh organic eggs http://www.barossa.com/food/meet-the-producer/meet-the-producer-gully-gardens - Tanunda Chateau and Winery http://www.chateautanunda.com/ - the place that will make you speechless as you will suddenly appear in the French provincial village inside a great castle surrounded by barrels of wine and port 2 meters in diameter. There is one more place not to miss of course: - Maggie Beer farm with pheasants, geese, ducks and chickens, turtles and peacocks. there is a small but very cute cafe facing the lake with delicious food and variety of original and delicious food to try and to buy. https://www.maggiebeer.com.au/visit-us
The videos: 1 plus of course our favorite of all times Barossa, Be Consumed: which apart from our photos we intend to copy - our fun version to come up soon...
Finally Home The drive home started at scary 0430pm when the sun almost goes down at this time of the year and we arrived at late night 0200am. 11 hours of drive at night drove me compeletely crazy - I swear i will never do it again in such amounts! Not only the longetilty but the darkness, cars from the opposite direction blinding me, pale lights on the roads of Victoria (so opposite to SA's excellnetly highlighted and colored differently ways), terror of running over the native animal by accident and of course the high beams that I had to adjust and hold and final numbness in my right hand and fingers becasue of that (Toyotas older than 2015 common high beam problem - no one knows how to switch them on/off and hold). More to that Alex was scared more than me which added to my stress... Nevertheless going back to the funny sides... Our speedometer I think already started asking himself: what he was doing all this time before South Australia (was he sleeping?) as only now he felt what the real driving meants... and at the end Tosha's barking at every thing and every corner of our house announced our safe arrival back to tthe nest - we were excited to say 'hallo' to our house too...
Daniel Le is a pianist whose music you will never get tired of to listen.... and there are many reasons for this. Daniel's concerts in Melbourne are quite unique and a rare opportunity to catch up with him while he stays in Australia fro his international tours. Please read Irina Ivanova's thoughts she shares with our readers about Daniel's last week concert in Melbourne:
website for donation review by Irina Ivanova Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Sylvie Dang for her constant support of our editorial and advertisement work
I’m very grateful for the opportunity of having been a guest at the formidable performance of a young Australian talent Daniel Le. He is undoubtedly an incredible prodigy in the music world. This was a fascinating evening spent in a circle of Daniel’s friends and relatives, whom were so heartily supporting of the young man. His mom met us in the hall and welcomed inside, while Daniel was preparing for the concert – I believe, mostly doing his hair touchups because everything else has been taken care of long in advance.
My mom, who used to study piano in her childhood, and I very much enjoyed Daniel’s performance and were deeply impressed by his musical abilities. The sophisticated compositions by Liszt, Franck, Beethoven and other classical coryphaeus were played from memory, without any music books – and with incredible lightness and grace. Daniel’s hands were soaring above the piano keys like two young swifts in the vastness of the skies.
In the end Daniel played a few complimentary compositions, which included the so-called “Nokia Waltz” created by himself as a playful joke on the renowned tune. This was quite cheeky and very cute. The audience was feeling pampered – not only with the wonderful music, but also with the way Daniel was talking to them in between the pieces. In my opinion, what really makes this positively talented musician a standout is Daniel’s sense of humour and confident self-awareness. He is such a blessed, kind and humble soul, and I believe it is very heartwarming to be around him. All the best in the future career, you deserve the very best, Daniel!
REVIEW – PIANO RECITAL BY DANIEL LE NEW (28 MAY 2015) by Sylvester Kroyherr
At the Ross Shelmerdine Music Studio, Melbourne Grammar School. Fronting a small but enthusiastic audience, Daniel began the recital with Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 31, consisting of three movements displaying not just great confidence but a thorough insight into the humble and ethereal 1821 composition. Daniel captured the true essence of Beethoven in an engaging, respectful and flawless style that continued with crisp vivaciousness and emotional power. To round off the Sonata, we were treated to a sensitive, melancholy and energetic ‘fuga’ that was musically captivating, gentle and well controlled. Our next treat was Liszt’s ‘Etudes d’execution transendante, S.139. To a startled audience, Daniel delivered this short intricate, complex and virtuoso piece with magnificent technical ease. Wow!!! Before the interval, we were swooning to the Belgian composer Cesar Franck – Prelude, Chorale and Fugue. The well conceived piece displayed a flowing, expressive, technically complex and intense flavour where Daniel showed top technical ability and flair – as usually played without music. Following the interval, Daniel explored the very modern composition by the Australian composer Carl Vine called ‘Toccatissimo’ (2011). The flurried, prolific, accentuated and passionate piece was executed with energetic intensity that was touching and inspiring. The final offering was ‘Sonata in B-flat minor Op. 36 No. 2 (1931)’ by Rachmaninoff. Once again, we were impressed by Daniel’s intelligent and sensitive interpretation of the composer’s intentions ranging from fiery intensity, expressive colour, dreamy pensiveness and an explosive finish – appreciated and lapped up by the audience. His humble and down to earth attitude proved popular with two encores – ‘Dreaming’ by Schumann and his original piece named ‘Nokia I-Tones Variations’. A sheer delight and a fitting end to a fabulous recital!! SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Musician/Architect). 31/5/2015. (Footnote: Daniel is a rising force in music and is seeking support from sponsors and contributions to further his exciting career.)
THE WW1 CENTENARY EXHIBITION - WINTER WARMER SPECIAL NEW
If you haven’t yetvisited The WW1 Centenary Exhibition at Melbourne Museum,take time this month to get up close and personal with the objects and stories that showcase the experience and personal stories of war.
The special Winter Warmer ticket deal offers discount tickets everyday between 12pm & 5pm. Suitable for all ages, the exhibitionis a unique chance to learn about the global conflict which remains the deadliest in Australian history. Over 60,000 Australians died as a result of service in the First World War, almost twice as many as in the Second World War.
With over 350 precious artefacts, carefully curated from the vast collection of Britain’s renowned Imperial War Museums, The WW1 Centenary Exhibition gives visitors the unique opportunity to encounter the story of the First World War in a way never before seen in Australia.
Melbourne will be the exhibition’s world premiere and its one and only stop in Australia. Don’t miss out on this moving commemoration.
TICKETS: The Winter Warmer special offers adult tickets from $25 and concessions from $17. Tickets are available to purchase now via www.ww1exhibition.com.au or telephone Ticketek 132 849 Groups and schools bookings are available now through Ticketek on 1300 364 001 or email email@example.com Official Corporate Hospitality Packages are available now through Ticketek on 02 9266 4466
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GOOD FOOD AND WINE SHOW MELBOURNE 2015 NEW website Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to the Red Agency and Sonia Heng for her constant support of this editorial
review by Alice Slamani photos by Mounir Slamani
The first thing you notice as you approach the entrance of the Good Food and Wine show, is not the sunny disposition of greeters, the bright floor to ceiling banners or the ticket lines... it is the aroma wafting out those doors waking up your belly and tastebuds. I regret having breakfast before leaving home. My eyes were definitely bigger than my stomach, but wow! There was so much to taste, so much to purchase and so much to indulge yourself with. From 150 day grain fed Queensland Rump Steak sizzling on the BBQ at the Costco stand to the most creamy blue cheese I have ever tasted made in the Gippsland region. The cheese stalls in themselves were just amazing. Every imaginable type of cheese, just there, in front of you, toothpicks galore of delicious cheese. My personal favourites were the chilli and lime aged tasty cheese and the bruschetta cream cheese, both from farms in Northern Victoria. I was particularly impressed with the charity sponsor, Oz Harvest. Their representatives shared informative statistics and plans to reduce food wastage and sharing resources with local charity organisations. The highlight of my day would have been difficult to pick. Was it the street food vendors cheering out the van windows? Was is the personal barista class? The many glasses of wine, whiskey and liquor? No, it was meeting Chef Miguel from Channel 10's The Living Room. His masterclass in cooking was energetic, fun and dynamic. Just like him in real life.
The 2015 Good Food & Wine show should not be missed! Every single person we encountered was engaging and a pleasure to speak with, but most of all to share wine and food with. It's a great day out, great value for money, family friendly and just overall heaven for your tastebuds.
THE WORLD'S BEST BRUNCHES BY LONELY PLANET website Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Adam and Chris for their support of this editorial
I was browsing through the book when suddenly I remembered how I suddenly discovered how my son was learning to cook: on the phone... He was holding the phone in one hand, listening and cooking with his other hand. His first "phone dish: were kefir pancakes the recipe of which was told him on the phone by his grandma... - the exact recipe I saw in the book "The World's Best Brunches" by Lonely Planet. . How interesting I thought especially when I also remembered that my son would cook this dish late in the morning - to be exact - at brunch time!
What IS brunch anyway? As wiki reassures us: "Brunch [as such] is a combination of breakfast and lunch eaten usually during the late morning but it can extend to as late as 1500 o'clock. The word is aportmanteau of breakfast and lunch. Brunch originated in England in the late 1800s, served in a buffet style manner, and became popular in the United States in the 1930s." I believe this is something you can afford: wake up late, say 1100 or 1115 in the morning, have a slow shower and go out or cook for yourself and someone close to you. We can easily do it on Saturdays or Sundays, right? Dear wiki tells me again: "the term was coined in Britain in 1895 to describe a Sunday meal for "Saturday-night carousers" " meaning my guess was correct - you can not eat it during the week unless your work responsibilities allow you to do so... or unless you are on holiday. NOW I love this word... BRUNCH sounds more like lazy afternoon...
Let's open the secret book now... The foreword is written by famous chef Bill Granger, a very happy guy whom everyone trust because of his divine recipes. I also thought - he was happy probably because before writing this foreword he was cooking himself the BEST brunch too...
Anyway... which recipe should I try first? Bill Granger's famous ricotta hot cakes? Acai Bowl with yummy seasonal berries? Colcannon? Egyptian Ful Medames? Lox and Bagels? Swedish Pickled Herring? Spanish Omelet? Or should I make Buttermilk (kefir) pancakes? The list goes on so my eyes can not take it anymore with all the offers on the plate... But this is not the end as the drinks recipes will follow: Bloody Mary, Chai, Hibiscus Ginger Punch,... and this is not the end as the Condiments will follow this vast list too: Seville Marmalade or Hummus? Smashed Avocado or Tomato Ketchup?.. Well, I guess they managed to cover all countries, all continents and many corners of the world... You will discover lots of new flavours and will try some unknown dishes - this is all there in front of you...
Not only the book gives you the recipe it also tells you about the origins of this particular food and also where you can find it when you are out there, exploring the world traveling and the expected price, I love Lonely Planet books for their attention to detail. We came to Australia originally from Moscow, Russia in 1993. We had to travel back with my daughter there in 2006. The city changed so much in 14 years we would not be able to find our way to eat out without the Lonely Planet Moscow guide in my daughter's backpack. It gave is the exact address, the exact prices and what to ask for. It never failed. the same story repeated when we traveled with her in Paris. The Lonely Planet travel guide gave us the exact plan what to do on our 6 days trip including all the places to visit and stay at and all the cafes to eat in. I adore the mathematical (more like analytical) approach of Lonely Planet: the native people would not tell you more than it is written so precisely in their guides... But this was just a "by the way" comment...
Again... I suddenly remembered something else... I was very upset at my son when he did not read as much as daughter. I wanted to encourage him and bought him a book about Cooking Everything From Eggs. After one of my complains that he again did not read anything that week, I saw him leaving his computer with the Effs book in his hands... I asked him: "why are you taking Eggs book to your bedroom? It's a cooking book..." when I heard my son's reply: "Well you asked me to start reading again... i have to start with something... I love recipe books"... I felt defenseless. Some cook books are good to have on your kitchen selves, some are good to open up occasionally - to read through... some should always be on your kitchen table. I believe "The Word's Best Brunches" is one of them... Buy it and decide where YOU will keep it.
I would also like to know your favorite brunch recipe...
DAYDREAMS AND TORMENTS OF LOVE CONCERT OF CHOPIN MUSIC review by Irina Ivanova Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Olga Shonnina and Sergei Suetin (Solouhin Society Melbourne and St Petersburg Music Studio) for this opportunity to review this event
The literary-musical evening “Daydreams and Torments of Love”, organised by Soloukhin’s Russian Literature Society, was dedicated to the remarkable love story of Frederic Chopin (1810–1849) and George Sand (1804–1876). This was a brilliant alliance of classical tune and modern-style prose, enjoyed by multilingual audience and shared in the warm atmosphere of art-loving fellowship.
The immaculate Sergei Suetin’s piano performance was gracefully presented and complemented by glamorous Natalia Novikova, narrating the tale of Chopin and Sand’s relationship. The concert was illustrated by a series of paintings depicting the two great personalities and included Chopin’s most celebrated compositions.
His delightful nocturnes, mazurkas, preludes and waltzes filled the air and took the audience onto the fascinating journey of human emotions.The tempestuous union of the magnificent composer and romantic young man Frederic Chopin with the charming socialite and extravagant writer George Sand is a dramatic novel of love and torture, lingering inspiration and broken hearts.
Their relationship was full of up and downs, love and hatred, hope and disappointment... It was beautifully compared by the evening’s presenter Natalia to a classical story of “The Nightingale and the Rose” written by Oscar Wilde.
'If you want a red rose,' said the Tree, 'you must build it out of music by moonlight, and stain it with your own heart's-blood. You must sing to me with your breast against a thorn. All night long you must sing to me, and the thorn must pierce your heart, and your life-blood must flow into my veins, and become mine.' [http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/NigRos.shtml]
Last Saturday I attended the Trupp Cooking School. Situated in upmarket South Yarra, within 15 meters from Chapel Street and Prahan Market, Melbourne, the location was perfect for any young budding Master Chef.
This is a cooking school that will blow your mind away. Run by award winning chef: Walter Trupp and his lovely wife Dorota Trupp.
I attended the 5th class from the Chef at Home series. A quick look at the website gave me some indication of what to expect:
Session 5: Fish market tour Outcomes: choosing and filleting fish; poaching, baking, pan frying, slow cooking, salt encrusting, stewing, curing and raw-serving of all types of fish. Learn all about sustainability, fish catching methods and seasons.T
The class itself certainly delivered beyond my expectations. Walter is an absolute delight to learn from. He has such a passion for cooking and makes the preparations all look so easy. And the great thing about it, creating mouth watering meals seems so simple when he shows you how to do it.
We started the day with a visit to Prahan market where we were given a short talk on what to look for when buying fish, how to pick the perfect fish fillet, seasons of various fish and the questions to ask your fishmonger when you go home.
From there it was back to Trupp base where we headed straight into breaking up into groups to prepare the group breakfast. I was a little bit bewildered, not having the previous experience that my fellow chefs had received, but I was at ease within a short time. It was very noticeable how much the group has learned from previous classes and were most willing to guide me correctly. I was shelling and deveining prawns effortlessly after being shown how to correctly do it and was impressed with the shaping being assembled around me.
Walter would call the group together to show everyone a technique for all to learn every couple of minutes and then we would seamlessly go back to what we were doing.
Within half an hour we had 3 wonderful fish dishes for breakfast to share. Each tasting divine and I was blown away by how just common and well known ingredients were that worked in synergy to produce tasty breakfast ideas.
Lunch followed with me being impressed with everything I was shown. Wine was enjoyed while we chatted, prepared,cooked and ate our lunch. The day was perfect and full of “not that difficult learning.” To top it all off there were succinct notes for me to refer to afterwards once I had left.
The class started at 9am on the dot and finished at 3pm on the dot. Six hours flew by. We were given a detailed print out of recipes, facts on how to prepare fish, fish sauces, storage of fish, not one piece of information was omitted.
Just when you thought it could not get better, we were given a talk from Dorota who shared some wonderful short videos on fishing sustainability which certainly opened up my eyes to what is happening in our waters and what we can do in order to buy sustainable seafood.
Dorota is a Nutritionist with a passion for sharing her knowledge. Being a Naturopath and Nurse myself I was enthralled with her knowledge and how passionate she is about sharing her knowledge. Questions were freely asked and she was able to answer them with authority and no trouble at all. What a winning combination.
The proof in the classes happened a couple of days later when I made the uncomplicated meal for my family:. the fish parcels that I watched being made by another group (from the wonderful recipes that each participant receives at each class) and literally within 30 minutes I had the meal ready to be served. My sons loved the meal and even rated it a 10/10 which is fantastic seeing as fish was one of the weakest meals for me to cook. Not any more. The whole family was very excited when I told them I was preparing a meal from the class and they were not disappointed.
From my whole family and big THANK YOU, to Walter & Dorota Trupp xx
PLEXUS COLLECTIVE CONCERT review by Sylvester Kroyheer and Rachel Sandey website
Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Meldi Arkinstall, Philip Arkinstall and Stefan Cassomenos for this unique opportunity, and to Sylvester K and Rachel S for sharing this editorial with all our followers
REVIEW OF CONCERT GIVEN BY ‘PLEXUS’ AT THE FEDERATION SQUARE MELBOURNE ON WEDNESDAY 20 MAY 2015, FEATURED AS “PLEXUS SQUARED: THE LAUNCH”.
With a buzzing, supportive and highly expectant audience, this premiere performance was a start of a growing spectre of original and contemporary music fuelled by exceptional musicians with the support of donors, patrons and enthusiastic supporters – much to the exciting development of the arts in music and original compositions.
The programme began with a short foot tapping rag time style piece by Charles Hoag (1990) with echoes of Scott Joplin. The Slow Drag Rag was easy on the ears, well integrated and smooth that finished with energy and flurry.L’Invitation au Chateau (Invitation to the Manor House) was the next offering from the French composer Poulanc (1947). Narration by Helen Morse was immensely expressive and visually engaging that explored the complexities of the interactions between the upper and the lower classes in France. Unfortunately, the programme did not present a reasonable synopsis of the plot but focused in on Anouilh, the play he created for this part musical/narrative piece. With the frivolity, romance, flaunting, vanity, comedy, extravagance and occasional decadence, the 35 minute composition presents a positive challenge as to how life enfolds despite our expectations. Musically, a lively, sweet, sensitive, expressive, dreamy and responsive performance from the talented trio!
Following the interval, the much awaited world premiere of ‘Half-formed thoughts’ by Jonathan Dreyfus (2015) was presented with a mysterious and moving base clarinet introduction interchanged with a beautifully mellow clarinet solo, intertwined with the touch of a sensual violin and a rhythmic harmonious piano. The second movement of the 15 minute piece concluded with a bouncy, precise and playful theme, slowing for a soulful interplay and change of pace to conclude with superb runs on the piano, staccato rhythms and a powerful finish. Very fresh and original!
The fourth piece on offer was Samuel Dickenson’s ‘Nightmares’ (2015) – another world premiere! The 12 minute composition was very engaging with a slow and dreamy start and despite its technical difficulty, the pensive imagery, melancholy and frenzy connected with sometimes unwanted images and experiences related to perceived events. A dazzling ending! With the History of a Soldier – L’Histoire du Soldat by Igor Stravinsky (1920) came our last piece.
Superbly spoken by Paul English, the musical and vocal interpretation presented a powerful and somewhat cryptic feeling of a life and afterlife of a soldier – the fears of war, the results of facing an end and then a new beginning. Within the 15 minutes of its evolution, the essence of futility is clear – The Demon declares, “Give me back what’s mine”. A terrific and powerful finish that pulls the soldier to an apparent Hell with a musically frenzied big finish.
As for the wonderful musicians, Monica – Violin – smooth, expressive, warm and a precise interpreter of new and highly complex music. Philip – Clarinet – deeply soulful, engaging, rich in sound with colourful presence. Stefan – versatile, vibrant ,astute and brilliant. Look forward to future events.
review by Sylvester Kroyherr (Musician/Singer/Architect)