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“Contemporary Cuisine and fine wine” .. And boy was it

Camping in Nambucca Heads , November 2012. Second day of pouring rain, we are all tired and cold and in serious need of some good R & R.While driving around in Nambucca searching for a place to eat we stumble apon a little restaurant. Menu looks good enough and the Aboriginal art inside draws my attention. So we book a table for three just in case there isnt space for us later that evening.

Later that evening , rain is even worse than before. Feels like we are going to be washed away. I dont think Nambucca Heads has had rain like that all season. We stop at the RSL club before our reservation to have some drinks.

Finally Dinner with Dad and karen. Walking in to Jaaning Tree i immediately knew that i would have a lovely time there , even if the food wasnt great. Each table has a candle in the middle which sets a relaxed ambiance . Only three other tables were occupied , probably because of the bad weather. Every wall has an original Aboriginal painting spread across it , Just reminding you that you are indeed in Australia , not somewhere on a European Riviera.

Our Host arrives to take our Drinks order. We order a bottle of Tatachilla , Reserve Mclaren Vale , Shiraz 2009 ( )

Drinks arrive and the complimentary bread basket with Macadamia oil is set on the table for us to enjoy ( and not starve from hunger )

We order our food , Dad orders the beef : Aabenraa Scotch beef fillet with kipfler potatoes, pumpkin,bok choy and a pepperberry

Karen has the pork : Double braised pork belly with apples, potatoes and an Illawarra plum

And i have the Pasta of the day : Homemade Pasta of the day , Its actually a started but it was more than enough for me. The Blue cheese , cream and saffron compliment each other  especially with the veggies of the day.

We waited a while before the food was served , masterpieces take time . Each dish was prepared as if it was a once-in-a-lifetime masterpiece painting. ( Gordon Ramsay would be proud )

Karen said her dish was amazing , something she has never had before .


Dad said that his Beef was a little cold ( because they let it settle ) but other than that it was delicious .




My dish was mind-blowing … I have never had saffron before and it completely surprised me. I also dont usually eat blue cheese ( the ONLY cheese i dont eat ) and so took a big risk  when ordering this meal. This meal was heavenly , i just couldnt eat enough of it. I thought it would be too rich because of the blue cheese but it actually was not at all. P1020177




Besides the food , the service was excellent as well. Our Host was funny , friendly , quick and helpful.




The evening was a huge success and i will go there again anytime! If you are ever in Nambucca , or even in NSW , do yourself a favour — go to Jaaning Tree!




I have always known about Aboriginal art , the first time i was in Australia i saw some art pieces but never really thought much about it – perhaps because i didnt understand it.

Four years later and im back in Australia and suddenly the Aboriginal art intreges me. Maybe its because i studied art for a while and my need to learn new things. I wanted to find out how a few “simple” dots made such an interesting picture . its not at all the same as abstract art.

Let me explain. Just before i left Australia to come back home , my dad and i drove a few hours out of Sydney just to explore. We found a little art gallery while looking for ice cream. As usual we walked in to admire the art . Except this time we met a lady with an incredible knowledge of the Aboriginal communities and their “art”.

We started talking , mostly because both my father and i love to learn new things and especially things i have no knowledge of whatsoever.

I few day s before we found this little gallery we were at the Sydney Art Museum. We saw an incredible painting from an Aboriginal woman. Unfortunately we are not allowed to take photo’s of these paintings. Anyway we went home and did some research to see if we could find a picture of this incredible painting. What we happended to sumble upon startled us. The painting on the internet was not the same painting.

Back to the gallery : We asked this woman about this and if it could be possible. What we found out was better than a conspiracy theory.

lesson number 1 : The aboriginal people dont make “art” . In the 1970’s the western civilisation decided that the pictures the Aboriginal people were making would be lovely art.

Lesson number 2: The Aboriginal people made the “art” as a form of communication. They dont have a proper written language. They teach the new generation about life > Basically like what we learn at school they teach their kids with dots and colour and line.

Lesson number 3: Each person gets a lesson they need to teach in life . In western terms its their responibility to teach their kids about this specific thing. Let me use myself as an example. My gran would have had a responsibilty to teach my mom about Art for instance . ( this is all in western terms and isnt exactly the same. Im just using this as an example because we can all understand this ) . So when my mom is born she gets that same responsibility to teach her kids about art. When i was born it gets carried over to me.

Lesson number 4: Each tribe has a different way of portraying the same thing. So the way we portray “art” and teach our kids about art is different to the way another tribe might.

Lots to take in i know. For now i willleave you with some examples about this and then next time we can dig a little deeper.


Both of these are the seven sisters : bothe different and both from different tribes.

*please note that the info here is only subject to a few peoples  research . Nothing is offical yet. *

Cheers til next time



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Mahani Del Borrello

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