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Que sera \ SARAH HARRIS REFLECTS ON A LIFE CRADLED IN MEMORY “

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ou can always sell June,” my mother said, apropos of nothing, as I spooned custard into her mouth. She’s lost the inclination to eat most meals for herself. “You don’t have to wait until I’m gone. Any time you want to, you can sell June.” Increasingly our conversations are like this – gossamer cobwebs on the breeze. “I’m tired of waiting,” she said. Cobweb swings … “Tired of waiting for what, mum?” “Tired of waiting to die!” My mother is disappearing in increments. It began 5½ years ago when she suffered a massive stroke. They left her in emergency for 23 hours, erroneously expecting, apparently, that without attention this old woman would succumb to the practical with good grace. But the young ones seldom reckon on the strength of children of the Great Depression. I’m as tough as an old boot, she’s always said. And she wasn’t finished – there was work to be done! Her first few weeks of many months of painful rehabilitation were dominated by just one thought: Erect a headstone for the baby. The Baby That Died! We don’t speak her name because that was all she ever had, but she occupies the six years between my brother’s birth and my own like a hungry ghost. My big sister, delivered looking so perfect, scarcely drew breath;

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her mother’s blunt advice to her daughter was, “pull yourself together, girl, and just get on with it” but 53 years on she can still suck all the oxygen out of the room. It was an era of stoic silences and stiff upper lips. My mother was not allowed to hold her dead baby, was offered no opportunity to grieve. Her own mother’s blunt advice to her only daughter was to “pull yourself together, girl, and just get on with it”. And she did, but with much anxiety and little self-confidence, always anticipating the worst-case scenario … in just about everything. I think I was about eight when I first discovered the perfect baby girl wrapped in white tissue paper inside a

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lovingly embroidered pillowcase among my mum’s best linen. I pulled her out, transfixed, just as my mother came down the corridor. “Don’t you touch that,” she said, swooping down towards me. “That” was the Bébé Jumeau, or Baby June as my mother as a three-year-old called her, being unable to pronounce the words stamped on the beautiful bisque French doll. It was the Depression and her father – apparently the original role model for the saying “if it was raining soup he’d have a fork” – had decided to quit Footscray and go farming, whereupon the family was immediately overrun by rabbits. Never in wildest imagining could her parents have afforded such an exquisite toy. The doll was given to my mother by the local chemist. His 15-year-old daughter was off to boarding school and had no more need of her, he’d explained after asking my grandparents if he might give it to “little Thelma”. After the solemn handover my mother was not thereafter allowed to touch Baby June, who was locked away for safekeeping. “She was just too valuable,” mum explained in an earlier retelling of the story. So, too, are you if only you’d realise it, my dear old mum. Leaving – I fear – very soon to cradle a baby lost. \ sharris@theweeklyreview.com.au

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Food \ LEANNE TOLRA REVIEWS BABU JI

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t’s difficult not to be gullibly grateful when a restaurant that’s fared well on the culture-inducing, sensibly priced side of the Yarra heads south. So I was likely to favour Babu Ji on the strength of its reputation. That it is lodged in the flanks of the elegant George Hotel, for me, added allure. I love a heritage-listed façade. Like its sister restaurant, Horn Please in Fitzroy North, Babu Ji imparts much of its energy via Indian pop music piped through speakers and old Bollywood movies projected on its high, white walls. But I imagined some of it came from the other thankful southsiders, too, crowded into the crisply gilded and artfully appointed space. Hand-painted Hindi phrases and tongue-in-cheek portraits of old India create the impression of an upmarket Delhi coffee house. Floors are of polished terrazzo-look concrete, tables are topped with ashen timber, and there’s a golden-topped bar watched over by the omnipresent brand image of the Indian mister, or babu ji, with billowing white moustache. Fans of Horn Please – named after the first rule of Indian traffic – will most likely have tried the papadi chaat, under-described but probably readily sold by its menu descriptor as “the motherland’s version of nachos and salsa”. The papadi – meaning “little chip” – and chaat – meaning “licking your fingers”, according to chef and co-owner Jessi Singh – is a traditional street food combination. It’s a riot of textures and flavours that sound messy on paper and end up that way on digits. Crisp discs of caraway seed and gram (chickpea) flour pastry have been bombarded with chickpeas, potato, cucumber, pomegranate seeds and three sauces. There’s a yoghurt dressing, a sticky resin-coloured sauce of tamarind, dates and jaggery (Indian sugar), plus a salsa of lime juice, coriander, mint, scallions and chilli. It’s topped with a scattering of shredded cabbage and carrot that adds another layer of crunch. Singh and his wife Jennifer moved to Australia from San Francisco in 2006. They ran Dhaba at the Mill to acclaim in Kyneton (selling it last year) and followed it with Horn Please. Babu Ji opened in February. Singh is not a trained chef, but creates food that he considers the antithesis of the British-influenced Indian food generations of Australians have known. It is food he helped create with his family at Sikh gatherings, seeing glimpses of the culture and homeland he left aged nine. Jennifer grew up in Brooklyn in an Italian family. She’s the front-of-house and interior-design side of the Singh establishments. Babu Ji operates at full throttle for just over three hours a night. Staff are mostly high in energy to match the entertainment, and the menu is in two

sections – dishes from the street food and from the pots. The drinks list is short and well selected, and there’s a help-yourself policy to the beer and soft drink fridge (I’m not sure that works). Most of the food we tried hit high notes for me. Singh’s yoghurt kebabs won me over at the first blush of their pink beetroot, chilli and ginger purée. This surrounds two golden-crumbed patties of yoghurt, hung until it is heavy and dense then mixed with mint and scallions and fried. It’s an inspired combination of colour, texture and flavour. There’s more sensory diversity in the tikki trio – blue swimmer crab, beetroot and spinach croquettes (again, round patties) each topped with a squirt of yoghurt and chilli sauce. The subtle, delicate crab croquette is his own invention, says Singh, but the other two are traditional. They had to be cut for sharing and would have worked better in miniature. The density of the spinach patty was overwhelming, but broken by sweet mango chutney

it is food he helped create with his family at sikh gatherings at its core and the crunch of toasted rice around its edges. The earthy beetroot and ricotta combination, wrapped in breadcrumbs, was terrific. A light hand has lovingly created the naan bread – we were encouraged to select the garlic and chive version, but there’s also sesame and onion or plain. It soaked up the earthy, spicy goat curry. I enjoyed the texture of the meat Singh says was dough-sealed and cooked dhungar-style, with charcoal to impart a smoky flavour to the meat. A side of yoghurt might have added a missing element of piquancy. The butter chicken curry was short on the superb thigh meat (marinated in yoghurt, chilli and lime juice) but long on flavour. Fenugreek seeds and leaves are used to thicken the subtly sweet sauce of tomatoes, garlic and ginger. Desserts include gulab jamun (Indian doughnuts in syrup) and a kulfi ice-cream sandwich. We were presented with the kulfi kebabs that seem to be handed to select tables of diners. The cone-shaped condensed milk, cardamom, pistachio and sugary treats left a rich, sweet taste in my mouth, as did the short drive home. \ ltolra@theweeklyreview.com.au Third one’s a charm: Jessi and Jennifer Singh of Babu Ji. (Darrian Traynor)

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Motoring \ RON HAMMERTON DRIVES THE JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE SRT automotive catchphrases of modern “I recognisable times, thanks to some canny advertising by Australian bought a Jeep” has become one of the most

bit harder now and again to hear that monster Hemi V8 rumble and feel the sports car-like surge. If fuel consumption is a concern, then Jeep offers three Jeep importer Fiat Chrysler Group. more frugal powertrains, including a 3.0-litre V6 diesel that And boy, haven’t Australians taken it to heart. At last slurps fuel at about half the rate of the hairy-chested V8. count, Jeep was one of the fastest-growing car brands in the Jeep also offers a range of 4x4 systems and suspension country, with its top-selling Grand Cherokee establishing set-ups to suit the owner’s off-road intentions (as well as itself as a leading large four-wheel drive and rivalling two-wheel drive for those who have none). Some Jeeps – traditional top dogs Ford Territory and Toyota Prado. including some Grand Cherokees – have the full trail-rated, The origins of the current Grand Cherokee can be traced rock-hopping ability with low-range transfer case and the to an era when Jeep and its Chrysler parent were tucked up whole business. in bed with Germany’s Daimler – maker of Mercedes-Benz The Grand Cherokee SRT, on the other hand, is more cars. That relationship ended, and now the American bitumen focused, with “on-demand” 4x4 traction for hussy has a new corporate sweetheart, Italy’s Fiat. snow, mud, dirt tracks and the like. A simple knob But the offspring of the Daimler dalliance lives on the console allows drivers to instantly set the on in the form of the Grand Cherokee, which car up for snow, mud, road driving etcetera. It the shares major components with Mercedes-Benz’s even has a racetrack mode for the risk takers, and manual a tow mode for when it all goes pear-shaped. ML-Class luxury SUV. This cross pollination has some distinct The performance credentials of the Grand benefits, as the Grand Cherokee inherits Mercedes’ Cherokee SRT are underscored by the red-painted engineering excellence and keeps rugged Jeep DNA. Brembo brake callipers behind the big alloy wheels – Unlike some other tougher Jeeps with their sturdy evidence that Jeep is not only serious about making this steel girder underpinnings, the Grand Cherokee is built on big vehicle swift, but also safe. a platform of pressed steel panels that – theoretically – save The SRT is loaded with a range of up-to-date safety weight for a more car-like driving experience. gadgets, including adaptive cruise control, emergency We are not sure about the weight bit, as the big Grand collision warning and blind-spot warning. A rear-view Cherokee still weighs well north of two tonnes and, by the camera and parking sensors are also standard. time it is loaded up with a full fuel tank, a few passengers We were surprised by the agility of the Grand Cherokee and their belongings, we are talking closer to three tonnes. SRT, tracking through road bends with hardly a hint of the Mass is the enemy of fuel consumption, and the Grand body roll that many SUV drivers lament. Cherokee thus is not the most efficient beast in the garage. Unlike other Grand Cherokees with their light Our test car was the flagship sports model, the Grand electric-assisted steering systems, the SRT sticks with Cherokee SRT, with its hefty 6.4-litre V8 engine that traditional hydraulic assistance for more “feel”, but it is consumed about 14 litres of high-octane petrol per somewhat heavy at parking speeds. 100 kilometres during our week in the vehicle, which A big improvement in the latest Grand Cherokee is its included a long drive to Mildura. eight-speed automatic transmission. This German ZF unit Mercifully, the engine features cylinder deactivation, slices through the gears like a knife through butter and, switching seamlessly to four-cylinder running in highway with its sophisticated electronic control, adds another cruising to save juice. The problem with the SRT version dimension to the multi-mode traction system. is that it is so tempting to press the accelerator a little In eighth gear, the V8 engine just purrs down the

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highway. Mind you, at idle it is not so smooth, its lack of Euro-style engine refinement noticeable in the cabin. Inside, leather and shiny metal abound, with a zillion buttons for the numerous controls. The perforated leather seats are not only heated, but also ventilated, blowing cooling or warming air where the sun doesn’t shine. These electric-adjusted seats are also wonderfully comfortable for long trips, blowing or not. A fancy touch screen offers a raft of features, such as the latest connectivity, although we had trouble just getting our phone to connect (but maybe that was just us). In all, the Grand Cherokee SRT is a big, rolling, driving experience – sort of HSV Senator meets Nissan Patrol. At $77,000 (plus on-road costs), it is a lot of car for the money, but be prepared to wince at the petrol station. \ rhammerton@theweeklyreview.com.au


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hat was once an old cotton mill has been given a new lease on life as an apartment development in the heart of Abbotsford, directly opposite the redeveloped Victoria Park. Built in 1922 as a wool-weaving mill, this area formed the heart of textile manufacturing in Melbourne, standing side-by-side with Yarra Falls Spinning Co. and the landmark BYFAS silk mill (built in 1937, it manufactured parachute silk during World War II). One by one, as manufacturing in Australia has declined, these once great – and sometimes contentious – operations (Abbotsford was the site of a workers’ revolt during the Depression as workers’ wages were cut) have gradually been converted. 88 Trenerry – at one time known as 80-110 Trenerry – has followed this trend. Though a larger-scale apartment build, the building retains a heritage feel courtesy of the use of recycled materials in the foyer combined with a vertical garden that points forward to trends in sustainability. In the courtyard an original chimney stack adds gravitas and a design focal point mirrored in the intricate paving. The familiar red-brick frontage has been mixed with clean lines. It’s an honest reinterpretation that neither hides the development nor entirely breaks with its history. Apartments have been divided in to river and street frontage, this two-bedroom ground-floor property falling into the latter category. This is the last unsold apartment in the development: the advantage being that its first-time-to-the-market status means first-time buyers are able to apply for the $10,000 first home buyers grant. At two bedrooms it is an easy to maintain entry-point property yet attention has been paid to the appointment of quality appliances and a neutral palette that allows new owners to place their own design stamp on the space. The apartment is split over two levels, with the main living space an open-plan downstairs area with views to Victoria Park across the street. It’s a tranquil space, the highlight of which is the Gaggenau-fitted marble kitchen replete with walk-in pantry and side-opening 600-millimetre oven below a four-top gas burner. Floorboards are European smoked oak, the warmth of which offsets the natural white of the walls and ceiling. Upstairs there are two bedrooms and two bathrooms: the main has its own study area, walk-in-wardrobe and en suite, while the second bedroom has built-in-wardrobes and is next door to the second bathroom – both of which are models of chic cream tiles and chrome accents. There are many extras. There is ducted heating and cooling, video intercom, keyless entry, a covered car space on the title as well as a storage cage. The building was finished in the middle of last year. Its focus on owner-occupiers is evidenced by one of the developers and one of the builders choosing to live in the block. It is close to Abbotsford Convent, the Yarra River and its trails, a single train ride to the MCG and offers multiple tram options to the CBD or nearby Collingwood and Fitzroy. \ SARINA LEWIS property@theweeklyreview.com.au

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final word “A high-class entry into a buoyant inner-city market for young professionals and a sound addition to the investment portfolio.” LEONARD SIRAGUSA – AGENT Collins Simms \ 9488 0688

Price \ $550,000 – $600,000

Auction \ April 26 at 11am

Fast facts \ New apartment building in a former heritage building; directly opposite Victoria Park on one side and the Yarra River on the other; high-end appointments including European smoked oak floors, Gaggenau and Miele stainless-steel appliances; two bedrooms and two bathrooms; a covered car park on title; a storage cage; ducted heating and cooling; keyless entry; video intercom; proximity to transport, the city, Abbotsford Convent, Collingwood and Fitzroy. Abbotsford \ 4 kilometres from the city

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