It's great to know our mates in the Inner West aren’t missing out on the amazing Middle Eastern pizza bars we love so much in Western Sydney. Manoosh Pizzeria has become a local institution for freshly baked pizza and Lebanese food in Enmore. We called in to find out why.

 

Imagine a place where you can buy farm fresh fruit and vegetables, at a really affordable price and within a 20 minute drive from home. Not only that, but also a place that has ample parking and knowledgeable staff on hand to answer your every question. Well, no need to imagine any longer, as we have found this list, which names independent greengrocers in Sydney that are stocked by fresh produce royalty, the Sydney Markets. We recently visited Joe’s Fruit World in Wetherill Park for our weekly food shop and here’s what we discovered about this local greengrocer.

The Western Sydney Food Bloggers were pretty excited about a week ago. We were invited to a masterclass and lunch at Stockland Wetherill Park. Our teacher was celebrity chef, Miguel Maestre! It was a special occasion to kick start a new initiative by Stockland's called, The A to Z of Mmmm!

 

Every January Tamworth hosts the biggest musical event in Australia, The Country Music Festival! Its ten huge days of non stop entertainment showcasing the talent of over 700 artists, from buskers to superstars. After years of turning down their invitations, I finally caved in and joined five friends on their annual weekend in Tamworth. I unexpectedly had loads of fun as we boot scooted our way around  the festival venues! It wasn’t all about the music, I was on the lookout for a unique eating spot.

 

I saw these easy to make quiches on a Facebook page and thought they were genius. The recipe uses stand 'n' stuff tortilla shells instead of pastry for the base. They will save you a heap of time and are healthier too! When I compared the nutritional values of the tortilla shells to my frozen shortcrust pastry, I got a nice surprise. The tortillas had a lot less kilojoules, fat, carbs and sodium per serve. Quiche is now back on the menu at our house!

 

Brace yourselves chocolate lovers, have I got some news for you! Lindt recently opened a factory outlet in Marsden Park! A chocolate loving friend told me about the outlet just after it opened in mid October. Since then I have been busting to check it out for myself. I finally popped in with Mr 10 for the post Christmas chocolate sale!

 

I can't believe its almost Christmas again! I make this trifle every year because its my husband's favourite dessert. He looks forward to it so much he starts dropping hints from early November! It requires minimum effort but has maximum impact! This trifle always looks impressive layered up in a clear glass bowl. This recipe is a breeze using easy to grab ingredients from the supermarket. I don’t even bother making my own custard!

Here’s a quick and easy rumball recipe!   You can make them ahead of time for Christmas Day.  I first tasted these 30 years ago when I lived in the Central West town of Parkes. A friend’s mum made them every year at Christmas. I loved them so much I asked her for the recipe and have made them most years since. They are a guaranteed Christmas crowdpleaser. They freeze well too!

I have baked hundreds of cakes for Christmas and celebrations. This fruitcake always gets rave reviews so I have decided to share the recipe. There looks to be a long list of ingredients and some unique instructions, but this is an easy fruit cake. For best results start the cake three days in advance by soaking the mixed fruit in about half a cup of sweet or cream sherry. Use a plastic container with a tight sealing lid so you can flip it over each day to let the alcohol marinade through every piece of fruit. Don’t faint when you see the cooking time, fruitcakes need a long slow bake for best results.

We have noticed a few new eating spots opening up in the hidden suburb of Riverwood. The latest addition to Belmore Road is a brassy little cafe called the Little General Espresso Bar! You will find it located next door to the luxurious function centre Coca Dora. They are both run by The Navara group who also manage Le Montage, Oatlands House and Curzon Hall. We popped into the Little General for an early lunch one Sunday morning hoping for some high class cafe food!