3 April 2023

Five Minutes with Sheila Reynolds and Donna Parker, S&D Living

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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S&D Living Stylist Simone Wohlers, Owner of S&D Living Sheila Reynolds and S&D Living Stylist Donna Parker

S&D Living stylist Simone Wohlers, owner of S&D Living Sheila Reynolds and S&D Living stylist Donna Parker. Photo: Supplied.

Who are Sheila Reynolds and Donna Parker?

Sheila – (Owner of S&D Living) I’m from Malaysia and moved to Australia 20 years ago. I started this business 15 years ago. Along with the coffee, I offer Malaysian food on and off. I’m going to start offering Malaysian food in two weeks’ time. The menu will include beef rendang, satay chicken, nasi-goreng, mi-goreng and Malaysian laksa.
Donna – (S&D Living stylist) I’m a mum of four kids and grandmother of six, and I love styling. We (Donna and styling partner Simone Wohlers) were working at another furniture store, and Sheila approached us to do some styling here (S&D Living).

Best recent dining experience:

Sheila – Searock in Sydney. The food was amazing. We go there every year.
Donna – Probably the same place.

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Favourite cuisine:

Sheila – I like my Malaysian food and Chinese.
Donna – I love laksa and I love a good steak.

Most embarrassing pantry item:

Sheila – Gosh, I can’t think of anything. Probably junk food.
Donna – I had a jar of gravy that someone gave me and I completely forgot about it. I was wondering where the smell was coming from. And it was wrapped nicely and just sitting there for more than two weeks.

What ingredient can I not live without:

Sheila – Chilli.
Donna – Garlic.

Malaysian food

S&D Living will have its Malaysian street food back in two weeks. A must-try is the laksa. Photo: S&D Living.

How many Weet-Bix do you do?

Sheila – Two.
Donna – Two.

Best coffee spot in Wagga:

Sheila – S&D and Trail Street.
Donna – Infuso in Turvey Park.

Favourite coffee:

Sheila – Latte.
Donna – Latte.

What’s your coffee blend?

Sheila – Dukes Coffee Roasters from Melbourne.

Furniture store

Photo: S&D Living.

What’s the weirdest coffee order you’ve received?

Sheila – Coffee, chocolate, almond milk, caramel and five sugars.

Woman holding coffee and cake

Sheila says her biggest culinary influence is her sister Helen. Photo: S&D Living.

Next big thing in the Wagga food scene:

Sheila – Drive-through Oporto. Everyone is talking about it.

A must-try on our menu:

Sheila – Laksa and beef rendang.

Furniture store

Photo: S&D Living.

Most used ingredient at S&D Living:

Sheila – Coffee.

Our top pick from our desserts:

Sheila – Almond and orange loaf.

Malaysian food

Malaysian food will soon be available again at S&D Living. Photo: S&D Living.

Your biggest culinary influence?

Sheila – My sister Helen.
Donna – Also Helen, she has taught me a few things. She’s the one that’s going to be cooking all the Malaysian food.

Favourite cookbook:

Sheila – My favourite cookbook has to be anything by Donna Hay.
Donna – Same for me. It’s Donna Hay.

Who do you admire in the Wagga food and wine scene?

Sheila – Tammy and Robert from Thaigaa.
Donna – Same for me.


Photo: S&D Living.

What are this week’s specials at S&D Living?

Sheila – We’re going to start serving Malaysian food after Easter and for the specials, we’ll start with laksa or fried rice. My sister also does fried crispy chicken with lemon and a special sauce. And add some chilli on top.

Death row meal:

Sheila – Roti canai with a martini espresso.
Donna – Surf and turf with red wine.

Where are you travelling to next?

Sheila – I’m going to Bali.
Donna – I’m going down to Victoria.

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Dream destination:

Sheila – Maldives.
Donna – Maybe Western Australia.

My biggest fear:

Sheila – My biggest fear is snakes.
Donna – I don’t like spiders.

My least favourite food:

Donna – Anything that is not normal, like kangaroo, snake, snail and offal.
Sheila – Same for me.

My top three cooking tips:

Sheila – Be clean, use fresh ingredients and spices.
Donna – Use salt and pepper. Fresh ingredients are a must and don’t overcook.

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