We're Sophie & Xenia. Sisters, best friends & at times mortal enemies..! 

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 a lot of the recipes we share here are also part of larger feasts (but of course also work as stand-alone food moments and dishes).

Whilst perhaps not the most enticing flavour combination, the name for our project 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 created this website 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!

Past clients include: Big Stuff Smoked BBQ, Bite Club, By The Lake Festival, Freunde von Freunden (FvF), Funke Digital/ Funke Mediengruppe, L'Oreal/Botanicals, Levis, Marley Spoon, MSC (Marine Stewardship Council), Nosh Berlin, [reads], Zalando/ 
Bread & Butter

You can reach us at hello@rocketandbasil.com


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 15 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 shop front they aim to delve even further into their roots and continue to bring modern middle eastern flavours to the table. Stay tuned for more!


follow us on Instagram at @rocket_and_basil