“We are an extremely close community. A lot of people say what we have is fairly unusual. A lot of us are family to each other, I think. Because a lot of people are not from Sydney. The strange thing is a lot of us got to know each other when we all had kids. A lot of our kids are the same age and they go to school together”.
Bronwyn has lived in Sydney’s inner west for the last 10 years. The mother of three is a Travel Futurist and co-founder of small business mytravelresearch.com located in nearby Newtown. Much of Bronwyn’s social and professional life is centred around the Marrickville local government area. “I never really have to leave the inner west. It is really beautiful where we live and the neighbours are really lovely”. Originally from Melbourne, Bronwyn has found in St Peters, the close knit community she recalls from childhood.
“We do lots of things together. Not just Christmas but all throughout the year. We will go over there, they will come over here. On Friday nights we have pizza and drinks. It is kind of really old school. Like what we grew up with. So we have quite a big backyard, we can do things like backyard cricket. We have a trampoline, a cubby house. What we have in the inner west is really amazing. We are really lucky. The community, we help each other, We look after each other’s kids when we need to. We are really really lucky to have each other”.
Passionate and forthcoming about her love of the community, Bronwyn is equally vocal in regards to forces that may threaten her neighbourhood. The proposed construction of a motorway, Westconnex, is a multi dimensional threat to their street and community, environmentally, structurally and socially; “Our neighbour Joan is fairly old and she is really worried about us moving away”. Bronwyn, an avid activist, considers it imperative her children, who join her at protests and garner the benefits of living in such a encompassing community, also learn how to protect it.
“They want to make an eight lane spaghetti junction. It will kill the inner west. I don’t want my children growing up thinking they should take everything the government tells them. It is a really important lesson. Because what they are doing isn’t right. It is really important they understand how to protest”.
Symbolic of the integral role children play in bonding her community, the sausage rolls were prepared for her neighbour, Joan, who had invited Bronwyn’s daughters for an afternoon swim in her pool. “It’s a fair trade isn’t? Sausage rolls for a swim! People love them. I am famous for them. Every time I go to someone’s house I take sausage rolls”. Bronwyn cites Worcestershire sauce as the key ingredient which sets them apart, giving them a unique flavour. The recipe is a never fail for Bronwyn, and has existed for so long, that she surmised it is a product of many recipes morphing together, combining the most successful methods and ingredients; “You know, I come from a long line of Sausage roll makers!”.
Bronwyn’s Sausage Rolls
2 cups of home-made breadcrumbs (made by putting day old bread in a food processor)
1 kilogram of sausage mince
1/3 cup of Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
4 sheets of puff pastry
1 egg yolk beaten
2 tablespoons of Sesame seeds
Preheat oven 180°C
In a large bowl, fully combine breadcrumbs, sausage mince, eggs and sauces with your fingertips
Cut each piece of puff pastry in half. Separate the mince and breadcrumb mixture into 8 portions.
Fashion the mince mixture lengthways along the pastry and roll up the mixture and pastry together.
Cut each roll into desired size (generally 3-5 pieces per roll)
Place on baking tray and brush each roll with beaten egg yolk and sprinkle a generous amount sesame seeds
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.