My Family Feast

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Episode 13: Getting Fed

29 July 2010 | 0:00 - By Sean Connolly

When I first met the doctors they made us so welcome. It’s their tradition that anyone who comes to their house should have a meal prepared for them, and no one is allowed to leave the house without being fed.


When I first met the doctors they made us so welcome. It’s their tradition that anyone who comes to their house should have a meal prepared for them, and no one is allowed to leave the house without being fed, so that was really lovely. They were really into doing all these different styles of rice dishes. My favourite one was a spinach rice. The colours were magnificent – such a deep green colour.

The kabuli pilau was another dish that had so much technique in its preparation and is cooked with so much attention to detail and love. But to eat it you wouldn’t even know how technical the dish was, unless you’d been through the process of working with the cook. I loved the fact that they put chunks of lamb in the middle of the rice. It was like finding a treasure, when you scoop up the pilau and get a big chunk of beautiful braised lamb.

What I’ve noticed in almost all of the houses that we’ve visited is that everyone has a pressure cooker. They’re amazing. In case you weren’t alive in the '70s and don’t know what it is. Pressure cookers are an ingenious pot with an air-tight lid, which cook food that would normally take hours of slow-cooking (like casseroles etc) in super-quick time. The meat turns out beautifully tender. I’d personally love to sell my own range of pressure cookers. I reckon they should be revitalised. Maybe they are and I just don’t know about it!

Dr Rahman took me to his favourite Afghani bakery, in Auburn; it seemed like people came from all over Sydney to buy bread from this particular bakery. I had a great time with the bakers, they let me roll and shape the dough and then bake it in the big tandoori oven. The heat was intense.

It was a bit of a debacle on the night of the feast, as the heaven’s opened and at times we were meant to be shooting it would rain. Everything was was set up outside under a tent. It was so funny, the men stayed on rugs outside huddled together under this tarp! I remember sitting eating curry with wet trousers thinking: “this wasn’t in the contract either!!” The musicians were brilliant. They created such beautiful sounds and were really talented. I loved the little Indian drum that they were playing – a kind of bongo.

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01 Aug 2010 19:59 AEST


From: NSW

My Compliments.

It was so excellent that the SBS crew found a Pashtun family to broadcast this show with, though it is only natural to considering they are a majority in Afghanistan, though not in Australia. Nonetheless, this particular Pashtun families love for culture definitely added to this show, the Afghani clothes, the food and of course the brilliant music at the end. Everything worked together so well, how great to finish the series with the show which shows culture in its most fundamental form. Thanks

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01 Aug 2010 19:19 AEST


From: Chatswood

Episode 13 - Afgan feast video does not run

this vodeo does not play only can hear their voices no picture please fox this problem asap because i really want to watch this episode. Thank you Regards Kelly.J

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My Family Feast is a weekly half hour television show that will take us into the lives and cooking traditions of Australian immigrants and their families, as seen through the eyes of our host, award winning chef Sean Connolly.

Sean Connolly has had a passion for cooking since the day he enrolled as the only boy in his Yorkshire school’s home economics class. Ever inspired by his grandmother’s cooking, Connolly has become one of Australia's best chefs and recently opened his own restaurant, Sean's Kitchen, at Sydney's star city.