We're Sophie & Xenia.

Sisters, best friends & at times
mortal
enemies (!) 

Whilst perhaps not the most enticing flavour combination, the name for our blog Rocket & Basil was inspired by our pets. Rocket is the name of Xenia's cat, Basil is the name of Sophie's dog, and funnily enough, they're inseparable. 

We've both inherited an intense love for food and fresh, seasonal produce from our very talented mother, Golnar (thanks mum!). We believe that food should be eaten together, amongst friends and family. Our love for entertaining means that all the recipes we share here are also part of larger feasts (but of course also work as stand-alone food moments and dishes).

 We created this blog with the intention of using it as an outlet to explore, experiment and inspire.

We hope you have as much fun here as we do! xx


Sophie and Xenia von Oswald love to create beautiful, colourful dishes that reflect their mixed heritage growing up as German Iranians in Australia. 

The pair work primarily with seasonal produce to create unexpected and exciting food that showcases the versatility and beauty of middle eastern flavours and ingredients. With over fifteen years of food industry experience combined, they've worn many hats: from food styling to recipe development, event production and small to large scale caterings, they've never been known to shy away from a challenge.
With their soon-to-be-launched food project Nima they aim to delve even further into their roots and continue to bring modern middle eastern flavours to the table. Stay tuned for more! 

You can reach us at hello@rocketandbasil.com