The Armory Wharf Café has to be one of my favourite cafes in Sydney. Mainly, I love the location. Hidden down the bottom of the hill of Blaxland Riverside Park, it is a fantastic place to soak up the sunshine as you watch the rivercats float past. On the weekends and during school holidays, the place gets packed and for good reason. The parkland is a trail of playgrounds, bike tracks and walkways. You can pack a picnic, or like we do, choose to visit the Armory Wharf Café for coffee and brunch.

Our family loves curry! Its a great winter warmer. In this weather curry appears on our household menu a few times a week. I am always on the lookout for new curry recipes to try, the type that don’t come out of a jar. It was exciting to stumble across some blended spice mixes while shopping at Riverview produce in Richmond. They caught my eye because they were packed with love and care and not mass produced.  I picked up a packet of the curried sausage mix to try at home.

 

At the beginning of the year little ole' us got the chance to have our mugs on tele. We were interviewed for TVS show Shelf Life. Shelf Life is a show about books and writers in Sydney. The episode we appeared on was about the Book and the Cook. It was so much fun to film! You can check out our story below.   

While in Blacktown checking out the Westpoint shops with Alice and Mr 10 last weekend, we thought it would be nice to have lunch in one of the local Blacktown eateries. We decided to escape the hustle and bustle of the Sunday shoppers and step out into Main Street to find a local restaurant in a quieter setting. We found our way to Blacktown Thai.

 

When someone asks me for a suggestion on where they should go out to eat, the Western Sydney suburb of Plumpton, located near Mount Druitt has never come to mind. But that’s because I had never heard of the Alroy Tavern before. Now that I’ve visited, it’s high up on the Western Sydney Food Blog’s list of recommendations in this region of Sydney.

Mr 10 celebrated a special birthday last weekend finally reaching double digits. To mark the occasion we invited several of his best mates out for a rip roaring Saturday afternoon of bowling and laser tag fun. The centrepiece of every birthday party is always the cake. By last Thursday I still didn’t have a cake planned for Mr 10’s bowling birthday. It became a bit of a challenge to create something with a bit of wow factor, when I didn’t have the time to bake.

To celebrate the last day of Autumn, Sydney Living Museums hosted the food focused Autumn Harvest at the historic Rouse Hill House and Farm. We braved the rain and trudged through the mud to have a quick browse at the festivities.

I treated myself, Alice and Mr 9 to a bistro dinner last night while I caught up with some friends at Wenty Leagues. The Wentworthville club has a longstanding reputation for being a good value venue for dining and entertainment. It’s a place you can have a family night out, with good food and a couple of drinks, without too much of an impact on your hip pocket.

Brasserie Bread needs no introduction; they are already at the top of their game in artisan bread making. Last week we attended their “Celebrate the Source” event held at Brasserie’s popular Banksmeadow cafe near Botany. The purpose of the night was to introduce a new style of bread making to their audience, Single Origin Bread.

Our Easter long weekend was spent enjoying the scenery and tasting the flavours found in the Mudgee Region of Central Western New South Wales. I hadn't visited Mudgee since friends Jo and Glyn got married there, 23 years ago. How time flies! Since my last visit it was easy to see that the local wine industry has boomed, while a complimentary gourmet food scene has developed along side it.