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My Family Feast

This series features Australians with diverse ethnic backgrounds as they invite Chef Sean Connolly into their homes and their hearts.

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My Family Feast Recipes

My Family Feast recipes.



Cooked empanadas presented on plate

The most common and popular empanada is stuffed with beef, but other common varieties are ham and cheese, capresse (cheese, tomato, and basil), chicken, and vegetable.

Cuban Feast on a Plate

A Cuban feast on a plate

Sean visits three homes to see the feast come together with a menu including roasted pig with an orange marinade, cooked in a curiously named, ‘China Box’ - a special portable oven Anerys imported from Florida.  Martha cooks, congri (sticky rice with black beans), stuffed potato balls are made along with Margarita’s special rice pudding and everyone’s favourite, tamales. Nobody will be left hungry or disappointed. 

Mandaean Spiced Duck

Fingers holding knife carving Mandaean Duck

Duck or besha  is a favourite of the Mandaean community.  They cook it in a way that is quite different to other nations, even the Iraqis and it is eaten sometimes several times a week.  This method of boiling the duck in spices and dried limes provides a rich tangy soup to start a meal.

Ngai Ngai with Fried Fish

Ngai Ngai are the young leaves from the Rosella shrub (related to hibicus) They can be steamed or stir-fried and are known as Red Sorrel in the Pacific. A bunch of sorrel can be substituted for Ngai Ngai and will compliment any Australian fresh water fish.

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