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.

You know when you go to an amazing restaurant and you just want to tell everyone you know and it is all you want to talk about for the next three weeks because it was the most amazing restaurant you have ever been to in your whole life, like ever?! Well, that’s how I feel about Mokoji Yakiniku BBQ in Newington.

The Sydney Royal Easter Show is back and it’s as good as ever. Walking through the gates at 9am on the first day, we were some of the first of the 900,000 people expected to attend this year’s Show. We had a fantastic day full of fun and of course, food! The message at this year’s show is loud and clear: Support Australian Agriculture.

This is one of the slices I remember from my childhood. Its easy to make as most of the ingredients are pantry staples. I made a double batch this weekend so I could stash some in the freezer. I plan to take a container full camping over the easter weekend. This is a great way to use up those Weet-Bix crumbs that accumulate at the bottom of the packet.

Late last year I started collecting vintage kitchen utensils. I have developed a fondness for Nally Ware canisters manufactured last centurary between the 1950’s and 1970’s. I also love vintage pyrex. These kitchen utensils are nostalgically decorative to display while still being quite functional to use.  My favourite piece of kitchen equipment was recently acquired from a generous friend. This 40+ year old bright orange Monier Crockpot still works like a dream. In fact, I will go as far as saying, it’s a better cook than its more modern, shinier counterpart.

If you are looking for waterfront dining in the heart of western Sydney, look no further than Port Bar, Parramatta. In prime position, right at the ferry wharf, Port Bar serves delicious, generous portions of your favourite Italian dishes. My friend Nat and I went to Port Bar for lunch to celebrate her birthday on a sunny summer’s day.