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.

Bilpin is a part of the Hawkesbury Harvest Trail located in a quiet rural patch of the Blue Mountains just a short drive from Richmond.  This farming precinct of orchards, farms and cafes stretches along a section of the Bells Line of Road. The area is predominately apple country with several orchards offering a “pick your own fruit experience” We have enjoyed apple picking in Bilpin whenever the fruit is in season. This trip I was in for a pleasant surprise. Now you can pick your own vegetables too!

Western Sydneysiders, do we have some fantastic news for you. If you’ve seen some of our previous posts, you would know that we are HUGE fans of Jamie Oliver. His enthusiasm for fresh produce and home cooking is incredibly infectious. So much of our cooking knowledge comes from watching his shows and reading his books. And now, Jamie’s Ministry of Food has opened up in our region!

After christmas we set off for a 12 day road trip holiday, mostly in the high country of northern NSW. We spent our time camping in Armidale, Tamworth and the Upper Hunter. We were in awe of all the natural wonders of these places with gorges, wild rivers, museums and historical towns to explore during the day while we casually relaxed in the evenings with a barbie and a beer, well that would be wine for me. Camping is great when you don't want your holiday to break the bank, and you need not miss out on the luxuries of holiday life.

Nestled near the gumtrees of the Pemulwuy neighbourhood sits a modern, Italian café. We visited on a Sunday morning for brunch and lots of locals had a similar idea. Though bustling with diners sitting inside and outside the café as well as nearby residents popping in for their morning coffee, the food at Granata's still comes out fresh and fast.

You don’t need to travel too far from western Sydney to enjoy a winery experience in the Macarthur region. We visited Razorback Ridge Winery at Menangle earlier in the year, when we heard they were holding a wine wise tour in November we didn’t waste any time in booking our place. This tour took us behind the scenes of the winery, showing us the wine making process every step of the way from the grape to the glass. Following the tour we enjoyed some wine tasting and a very nice lunch. My idea of a perfect day out.