Nicole Kidman, who stars in the new epic film Australia, has a few beloved Down Under dishes and ingredients, which she shared with F&W.

In the movie, Nicole Kidman’s character conjures an extraordinarily lavish holiday feast in the middle of the Australian outback. The menu, below, came from Australian recipe books from the 1940s (we offer our versions of the recipes).


The Feast

Dr Pepper-Glazed Ham with Prunes

Movie: Honey-glazed leg ham with cloves

Spiced Chicken Breasts with Dried Apricots
Credit: © Melanie Acevedo

Movie: Apricot-seasoned roast chicken

Roast Beef with Shallot Confit and Port Wine Sauce
Credit: © Matthew Hranek

Movie: Rosemary roast beef

Movie: Oven-baked pumpkin
F&W: Honey Pumpkin Salad with Sage Croutons

Movie: Roasted tomatoes
F&W: Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

Movie: Vegetable stir-fry
F&W: Five-Vegetable Stir-Fry with Lentils


The Table

Carlton Hill Station, Kununurra WA

The gorgeous table setting in the movie Australia was created by Catherine Martin, wife of the film’s director Baz Luhrmann. Here are the shops where she found the plates, candlesticks and napkins.

Antiques On Consignment provided the crockery, including platters and serving bowls.
Old Hume Hwy., Braemar, New South Wales, Australia

Mcleods Antiques was the source of the mid-18th-century silver cutlery.
S. Dowling St., Paddington, New South Wales, Australia

The place mats, napkins and napkin rings all came from Peppergreen Trading Market.
Place Berrima, New South Wales, Australia

The candlesticks and the silver serving trays were found at the South Dowling Street Antique Centre.
531 S. Dowling St., Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia

And the vintage cut-glass vases and ceramic platters came from Mitchell Road Antiques and Design Gallery.
Upstairs 76 Mitchell Rd., Alexandria, New South Wales, Australia