When I was a kid, my olds and I used to frequent a dingy but delightful Vietnamese dining joint called Binh Minh, in Richmond’s Victoria St, the ‘Vietnam-town’ of Melbourne. I loved their salt and pepper squid: fried calamari, lightly […]
Taters! Rostis! Pomme de terre! If you can’t get behind a toasty batch of fresh roasted spuds, you ain’t living right. Potatoes are the bedrock of the sharehouse kitchen: when you’ve exhausted your last pantry morsel, there’s always a chunky […]
Passing through Utrecht, a quaint, canal town an hour’s ride from Amsterdam, I shared a dorm with Bart, a Polak and cherubin-headed clown who worked a shift a week at the hostel we both lived in. Bart’s boss was Evelyn, […]
Walnuts: one of the cooler nuts in the whole wild nut family—unique in shape, simultaneously crisp, buttery and crumbly, slightly bitter, jammed to the nutshell full of nutrient. The only way to improve on such a natural delight is to […]
Our beloved housemate, Dominguez, one of the earth’s few Spanish vegetarians (a nation known for 100 varieties of ham and few leafy greens) was the wielder of many a vegetarian delight. As well as a mean gazpacho, Dominguez would cheerily […]
As part of our troika of ‘short easy ones’ this week, today we’re dishing up a dose of artisan panache to the share house table—sh.k smoked trout dip; creamy, zesty, chivey, trouty, smoky, couldn’t be easier to whip up, and […]
Our reluctant vegie patch, cordoned by brick, shrapnel and dirt in the concrete rear of the Prince Albert, was overrun seasonally by vicious greens, most amounting to foul jungle—half-weed, half-spinach monstrosities that, with only the scantest of sunlight, protruded from […]
My good mate, Rock’s sharehouse developed their own time tested culinary ritual—at least once every month, all funds drained, he and his housemates loaded every vegetable and skerrick of produce lurking in their fridge into a giant pot in the […]
Back at the olds’ joint, before I moved into the Laundrette, next to the stove dwelled a dog-eared Women’s Weekly recipe book—“Thai Style Cookery”—first printed in 1972 or thereabouts and probably never again, an era when canary-fluoro lemon chicken was […]
The blazing southern hemispheric sun is in full force over hometown Melbourne at the moment, but here in Berlin it’s bone cold and breaching the negatives, and the Mercury is only going to plunge downward in the weeks to come. […]
After years of living in gritty share houses—some wonderful, some pitiful—Honor Kennedy and Cam Hassard met each other in one.
Now living together in a Berlin apartment, they reflect on the gritty traditions of their sharehouse past, an homage to all the good bits of shared life—the camaraderie, the community, the meals and the wine.