Marrickville has had a sister city relationship with Funchal since 1996.
A sister city relationship with a city in Portugal was an obvious choice given the substantial number of Portuguese people now living in the Marrickville local government area, particularly in Petersham.
Marrickville's relationship with Funchal has been active through a number of delegations over the years.
The island of Madeira is located in the middle of the north Atlantic Ocean. It is around 600 kilometres from coast of Morocco and less than 1000 kilometres from mainland Portugal.
Funchal is the capital of the Madeira Islands and Madeira is the largest island in the archipelago. It is almost 60 kilometres long and 737 square kilometres in area.
Madeira experiences mild temperatures throughout the year.
Madeira has an abundance of unique wines. The island's wine industry dates back to the seventeenth century, when its sugar cane plantations were replaced by vineyards. There is even a wine museum in Funchal.
Madeira wine is rich, fragrant, full bodied and is the only wine that can keep indefinitely, with no recommended drinking periods.
There are four styles of Madeira wine which are named after their grape varieties: Sercial, Verdelho, Boal and Malvazia.
Popular dishes include filete de espada (scabbard fish fillets), bife de atum (tuna steak), atum de escabeche (tuna with vinegar sauce), carne de vinho e alhos (meat with wine and garlic), milho frito (fried maize) and bolo do caco (local bread).
1. For the parfait, beat the egg yolks with sugar in a bowl and let it stand. Heat the milk but do not allow it to boil. Add the egg yolk mixture, beating together until creamy. Add the mango pulp and cool in the refrigerator for two hours. When cold, add the Chantilly cream and mix well.
2. For the passionfruit panna cotta, boil the milk with a sprig of vanilla. Add the gelatine leaf and sugar. Pour into individual glasses and let cool in the fridge for three hours. Pour the pulp of two passionfruit over the milk in each glass.
3. Serve the two desserts with a ball of fruit sorbet (coconut, lemon or orange).
The name Funchal comes from funcho (wild fennel), which once grew in the area but was uprooted to make way for sugar plantations. Madeira is Portuguese for 'wood'. It is thought the island got its name as it was once completely overgrown with monumental trees, which have since been cleared to make way for agricultural land and dwelling space.