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AURORA ON TOUR
Aurora was spotted in Havana’s Revolution Square, Cuba, while
this reader waited for the engine of his ’55 Plymouth to cool!
Extra virgin olive oil
3 anchovy fillets
1 tablespoon baby capers
2 cloves garlic, very finely sliced
1 cup pitted kalamata olives
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
4 handfuls of pappardelle pasta
2 free range chicken thighs, cut into thin
salt and pepper
50 ml white wine
2 spring onions, finely chopped
CHICKEN AND OLIVE
Chef Bar t’s culinar y gifts can be enjoyed
at The Cathedral Café, 843 Hunter St
Newcastle West, 8.30am-2pm, Monday–
Friday. P 4961 0546.
Pappardelle is flat pasta cut into wide ribbon- like noodles about 2–3 centimetres wide.
The name is derived from the verb "pappare" , to gobble up, and that’s just what you’ll
want to do with this delicious dish. Pick up some fresh or packet pappardelle and enjoy
this simple pasta meal. It's quick , easy and brimming with flavour!
BY JOANNE ISAAC
I was 18 years old when I saw the original
Australian stage production of Les Misérables
in Melbourne. It had a profound effect on me
I loved it with an intensity that surprised me.
Twenty-five years later, accompanied by my
Mum, sister and Mum’s best friend, I was
lucky enough to see the latest production of
Les Mis in Sydney. And I still love it with an
intensity that I cannot fully ar ticulate !
There are good reasons that this is the
longest running musical production in
history. Victor Hugo’s acclaimed story of the
wretched people of 19th century France
the enslaved, destitute, prostitutes and
criminals – includes universal themes that
r esonate still. Crime a nd punishment, social
justice, the disparity between rich and poor,
unfulfilled love and civil unrest are all things
we can still relate to two centuries later.
The story of convict Jean Valjean’s quest for
redemption is told across two acts in a show
that lasts for three hours, but races by too
quickly, such is the thrall in which audiences
From the first note, my hear t was racing.
The songs are exquisite and unforgettable. It
is impossible to choose a favourite and the
acting and singing were phenomenal. Simon
Gleeson’s Valjean was ex traordinar y. During
his rendition of “Bring Him Home” I literally
held my breath (hard to do when you’re
weeping). It was faultless. Hayden Tee was
equally wonder ful as Javer t, bringing all the
necessary sound and fury to the role. Patrice
Tipoki as Fantine and Kerrie Anne Greenland
as Eponine were both stand-outs, with their
key solos, “I Dreamed A Dream” and “On
My Own” flawlessly sung. The staging and
lighting are incredible.
The key themes of the story - forgiveness,
me rcy, love, redemption, justice and faith –
cer tainly resonate strongly and infuse the
story and songs with extra emotional power.
Near the end of the show is one of my
favourite lines, “To love another person is to
see the face of God.” There were tears, and
lots of them. I am still randomly humming or
singing the songs a month later.
My mother has seen the show eight times
in various locations around the world. She
told me that when she watches it she feels a
strong connection to my father, who died in
1988, the year before it opened in Australia.
He would have loved it and so will you.
was 18 years old when I saw the original
Bring a large pot of water to the boil for
To make the tapenade: Add 50ml olive oil
to a pan over very low heat.
Add anchovies, capers and garlic; cook for
a few minutes to soften.
Add olives and parsley and war m through.
Cool slightly then place in blender or food
processer and blend to a smooth paste.
Cook pasta according to packet
instructions. Drain and set aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and some
butter in a pan over medium heat. Sauté
chopped chicken until brow ned and
cooked through. Season with salt and
pepper. Pour in white wine to deglaze pan
and reduce heat.
Add cooked pasta to pan along with 4
tablespoons of tapenade, spring onions
and a handful of parmesan. Season with
salt and pepper to taste.
Heat through and ser ve on preheated
plates. Top with a little extra parmesan
SR LOUISE GANNON rsj
"It is said that our Australian
landscape is the face of God,
turned to us and inviting us
in. I stand and let its God
energy fill my spirit and drive
away any winter blues."
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