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From Sardinia to Australia and back

A few days ago I came across an article on the Sardinian online magazine “La nuova Sardegna“, telling a story that put in very close relation “my two islands” – that is Sardinia and Australia – in an unexpected and touching way.

I read about the now teenager girl Gabriella Scanu, Australian by nationality and Sardinian by origin, who was born “accidentally” in Sassari (note: in North Sardinia) while her parents were on holiday in Sardinia.

The birth happened prematurely in May 2006 while her mom Jacqueline and dad Nando were not far from the San Pietro’s Clinic, where the two co-stars of this fairy tale worked: the pediatric surgeon Ninni Dessanti and the neonatologist Fernando Cossu.

Born with a serious malformation to her digestive system, the baby was saved by an urgent operation successfully carried out by the two doctors.

Ten years after, in July 2016, the girl’s longest wish was granted: her parents took her back to Sassari. Once there, she met her heroes again and presented them with very special (and very Aussie!) talismans: a couple of koala plushies!

Teenager Gabriella lives in Wollongong, NSW. Despite a “bad start”, she has always been perfectly healthy. She now plans her next trip to Sardinia: whenever she would have children, she will take them on a trip to the city that holds her heart!

Original article in Italian on La Nuova Sardegna Online.

Event: Sardinia, Heart of bread – 14th August 2016

We are proud to invite you to the next cultural event offered by our Association, focusing on the ritual breads of the Sardinian tradition and heritage.

Two guests will come specifically from Italy: professor Battista Saiu and chef Raffaele Zanella will hold a seminar titled “Sardegna, Cuore di pane (Sardinia: Heart of bread)“.

Date: Sunday 14 August 2016
Time:
11:00am – 1:00pm
Location:
Club Five Dock RSL, 66 Great North Road, Five Dock
Cost:
Free

Everyone is invited!

Photo gallery: Sardinian Luncheon – June 2016

We sincerely hope you enjoy the photos shot at the Sardinian Luncheon that took place on 19th June 2016 at the Rustico Sardo restaurant in Five Dock.

Lo “Spuntino Sardo”: Una genuina festa della cucina sarda

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Domenica scorsa l’Associazione Culturale e sociale Sarda di Sydney ha organizzato uno “Spuntino Sardo” presso il ristorante “Rustico Sardo”, al quale hanno preso parte oltre 120 persone.

Occorre fare una premessa necessaria per spiegare il significato dello “Spuntino Sardo”. In tutte le altre regioni italiane uno spuntino significa probabilmente un picnic, un panino al prosciutto e una birra o magari una piadina con lo stracchino. In Sardegna invece, quando vieni invitato ad uno “spuntino”, è meglio prima di tutto prepararsi con un bel ritiro spirituale di una settimana. Devi allenare corpo e anima per vivere in pieno l’evento e soprattutto devi essere in grado di uscirne vincitore!

Ebbene, lo spuntino in questione ha avuto tutto i requisiti obbligatori: tanto da mangiare e tutto genuinamente frutto della cucina sarda, anche grazie alla bravura della chef sassarese Sarah Ferrari che ha presentato un menu che è utile descrivere anche a beneficio di quegli sfortunati sessanta che, malgrado le sollecitazioni, non hanno trovato posto.

Il menu prevedeva aperitivi ed antipasti con pecorino e salsiccia sarda, zuppetta di cozze, insalata di granchio alla catalana, Malloreddus alla campinadese, il porcetto con le patate, insalata, seadas, caffè e mirto.

Tanti gli “stranieri” che hanno preso parte all’evento: libanesi, britannici ed asiatici hanno potutoscoprire una cucina che, se ha avuto nel “porcetto” il suo piatto forte (con tanto di gli applausi quando ha fatto la sua comparsa sui tavoli), è stato in grado di accontentare anche i palati più difficili. Le intenzioni del Circolo Sardo di Sydney erano quelle di far apprezzare una cucina regionale capace di affascinare nella sua continua varietà: obiettivo raggiunto in pieno, almeno a stare ai commenti di tutti i commensali al termine della giornata.

Un siparietto merita l’intervento della presidente del Circolo, Teresa Spada. Dopo aver ringraziato tutti i presenti e il personale del ristorante, ha annunciato la nomina per il 2015 di un Socio a Vita: il riconoscimento è stato per Pietro Schirru, attuale componente del direttivo e che ricopre anche la carica di Consultore dei Circoli Sardi in Australia presso gli organi regionali.

Il Direttivo del Circolo anticipa sin da ora che organizzerà quanto prima un’altra manifestazione del genere ed invita a partecipare, prima di tutto, coloro che non hanno potuto farlo questa volta. In conclusione: preparate “corpo e anima” per un altro spuntino.

Event: Sardinian Landscape – Shows in Sydney and Canberra

An unmissable event coming to Sydney and Canberra in a few days.

This unique duo with Paolo Angeli and Mirko Guerrini is inspired by traditional Sardinian folk tunes, yet always innovative. Angeli’s collaborations include Pat Metheny – who designed “The Instrument” – Fred Frith, Hamid Drake, Iva Bittova, Takumi Fukushima etc.

His spontaneous improvisations open up a treasure trove of sonic possibilities, showcasing his unique prepared Sardinian guitar: a hybrid orchestra of an instrument with strings going in all directions, foot-pedal-controlled motorised propellers and hammers to create shimmering drones and bass-lines as he bows, strikes, plucks and strums while producing rhythmic atmospherics by treading on a plastic bag and adjusting tunings on the fly.

The brilliant, eclectic and multi-instrumentalist, composer and orchestra conductor, Mirko Guerrini (collaborations with Billy Cobham, Brian Auger, Mark Feldman, Stefano Bollani, Enrico Rava, Stefano Battaglia, Paul McCandless, Caetano Veloso, Hermeto Pascoal as far as jazz is concerned, with notable singers-songwriters such as Ivano Fossati and Giorgio Gaber and with a number of other outstanding artists in Italy and abroad).

This performance in duo, co-organised with the Italian Institute of Culture in Sydney, would show as is still possible to play traditional music in cross over with different musics from jazz to classical contemporary music.

Info at and tickets (Sydney show): www.iicsydney.esteri.it/iic_sydney/en/gli_eventi/calendario/2016/06/sardinian-landscape-concerto-di.html?mc_cid=e356f36b76&mc_eid=27599bb456

and (Canberra show): www.thestreet.org.au/shows/paolo-angeli-mirko-guerrini?mc_cid=e356f36b76&mc_eid=27599bb456

More about the artist: www.paoloangeli.com

Event: Sardinian Luncheon – 19th June 2016

Welcome to “Spuntino Sardo”  Sunday 19 June 2016 – 12:00, the first event organised by the new Committee of our Association.

WELCOME REFRESHMENTS
Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks on arrival
Bruschetta with tomato and salted cured fish roe

“SEA & MOUNTAIN” ENTREE (*)
Sardinian sausage and Pecorino cheese
Tomato based mussel soup with crusty bread
Catalan style crab salad
Pickled olives and vegetables

FIRST COURSE(*)
Sardinian Gnocchi with slow cooked ragu sauce

SECOND COURSE(*)
Suckling pig cooked on a spit w/roasted potatoes
Selection of salad and vegetables with sauce dips

SWEETS & COFFEE
A platter selection of homemade sweets
Coffee and Mirto (Sardinian liqueur)

(*) vegetarian and gluten-free options available at no extra cost

$70 members / $75 non members
$20 kids under 12 years  (antipasti, pasta or cotoletta, gelato)
BYO available

RSVP and bookings before Saturday 4th June 2016

Assunta – 0418 435 834
Piera – 0418 622 261
Tania – 0416 046 708
Gavina – 0415 236 356
Teresa – 0412 527 819

Email:  sardisydney@bigpond.com