The sweet swap is a fundraising and networking activity for australian food or parenting bloggers across Australia. Each blogger pays a small registration fee to participate. This year this money was collected to support a clean water initiative for Vietnamese children by Child Fund Australia.  Each participating blogger is sent the name and mailing address of three other sweet swap participants. All participants prepare and mail portions of a sweet treat to their sweet swap recipients. In return you receive three sweet surprises back. It was wonderful have the postman deliver something other than bills during the last week of August.

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Sydney freezer cooking enthusiast Susan Austin has just released her third inspiring cook book of make ahead recipes for the freezer. Her latest book, available as an ebook, is aptly named “Frostbite, Make-Ahead Recipes to Eliminate Mayhem at Mealtime.” With my busy adgenda I am always looking for ways to streamline lifes activities to get more relaxation time. For several years I have used Susan’s Frostbite cookbooks as my go to guide when filling my freezer with ready made meals. From the very moment I purchased the first cookbook in the Frostbite series, I’ve been hooked on freezing.

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Located just off bustling Church Street in Parramatta, but still in the thick of it, Kouzina Greco draws in diners with its charming, checker green table cloths and its cosy size. If you can’t tell by the name, it is a Greek restaurant and it is serving up all you would hope for on traditional terracotta crockery.

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It was a cold and rainy Saturday morning, but that didn’t stop us from leaving the house at 6.30am and heading off to the beautiful Camden Produce Markets. The markets are held every second and fourth Saturday of the month and allow only farmers or producers to sell their goods. It is also a fairly small market and is the only one in Australia to be held on a working farm. All this gives the Camden Produce Markets a great vibe, full of people that are passionate about fresh, Aussie produce. The breathtaking view isn’t bad, either.  

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The Peppertree Cafe is a humanity project managed by Bankstown’s Multicultural Youth Service. This organisation were well deserving winners at the recent Fair Go For the West Awards for their achievements in employment. When we heard about their mission and success we decided to book a table for dinner at the cafe for their monthly performance night. We wanted to experience and contribute to this important social enterprise within the Bankstown community.

Read more: Bankstown's Humanity Project, The Peppertree Cafe

So it turns out that the Sydney metropolitan area has a forest. Who knew? I didn’t until recently when I read about it on Family Fun in Sydney. It is the Cumberland State Forest and it’s located in West Pennant Hills. On Monday, I decided to make the most of a sunny, winter’s morning and my long weekend (God bless RDOs) and finally check it out. I took my 81 year old, visually impaired grandmother with me.

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The sun was out on Sunday morning, so I pestered Ethan until he was forced to get out of bed and take me out for brunch. We went to Lachlan’s at Parramatta. Lachlan’s is set in the picturesque Parramatta Park, on the site of Old Government House. I absolutely adored this place from the moment I walked in as history and good food are two of my most favourite things.

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The other night, my boyfriend, Ethan and I headed to Bankstown to see a movie at Hoyts for cheap Tuesday. We wanted a quick bite to eat beforehand that kept in line with the cheap theme, so we headed to My Canh Vietnamese restaurant on Greenfield Parade.

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Harris Park is well known for being the Indian hub of Sydney. Wigram Street and those surrounding it are lined with Indian restaurants and shops making it a butter chicken lover’s paradise. We are regular visitors to this spicy neck of the woods and tend to try a new restaurant each time we visit.

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Over the winter months I am taking a break from my usual Saturday morning markets shopping routine in favour of a warm sleep in. I cook differently in winter so I decided to look for a location where I could shop leisurely, indoors on a Sunday morning. I am pretty fussy about fresh produce so I wanted a retailer who offers a huge variety of extremely fresh fruit and vegetables at a reasonable price. Hopefully while I was there I could pick up some general grocery ingredients and a butcher would be a bonus.  This place would need to be open from early on a Sunday morning and offer breakfast and easy parking. That's a pretty tall order but I found the spot that fits the bill quite perfectly.

Read more: Minchinbury Fruit Market