My Easter 2015. Time spent with Family


Easter 2015.

Easter this year, like most years, is spent with family.  During the Easter season, I am most thankful for the family and my friends around me.  Most of my days are focused on work and duties on being a wife and a mother.  I am constantly busy planning our days and weeks ahead that sometimes it is hard to live in the present.

This year, I spent 5 days focused on what is important.  My Family.  I love to have my table laden with food that has been prepared with love.

Here is how I spent my last few days :)

Good Friday is always spent at my Mother in law’s home.  We are always well fed.  But for some reason (mostly due to the consumption of (numerous) glasses of wine) I forgot to take photos of the delicious roasted salmon and barbecued vegetables we ate.


For dinner I had my #luxbitefamily over for a pot luck dinner.  Nothing can go wrong with a bunch of foodies and chefs over for dinner.


We had a feast.  It is very rare that we are all able to get together for a meal.


I baked my Easter Hummingbird cake.  It’s moist and light.  I love this cake and I’m happy to say that it went down a treat with my co-workers.

On Easter Saturday, the day was warm and the sun was shinning.  A perfect day for a drive with Hubby, Kiddies and my parents.  We took a day trip along the Victorian coast to Torquay.


Easter Sunday.

My dear friend, Hilda, whom I have known for many years, came over with her family for lunch.  We used to work together back in my corporate days. We have kept in touch after I left and we are still so close.  So close that she became Thomas’ God mother.  Along with my parents, we enjoyed lunch together.

I was lucky to have received a pack from Murray Valley Pork.  I roasted up a pork shoulder that was boned and rolled.  The skin came out super crispy and the meat was so tender and moist.  My tip to achieve this is to pump up the heat of your oven to 220degC for the first 20 mins to get the crackling going then turn the heat down to 180 and cook for 20mins for every 500g of the pork.






Dessert was meringue nests with cream and strawberries.  I have to say the meringues came out really well.  I used Mary Berry’s recipe this time round and I think it turned out to be the best I’ve made.  Hilda also brought some of Phillippa’s hot cross buns and crepe cakes from Mille & B.



Easter Monday.

easter13Family time at Nature Play at Royal Park.  We discovered this park a couple weeks back. It’s a great park for all ages of children.  There is also a wet area for hot days.  But on this day, we kept ourselves dry.


The Simnel Cake I baked for Hubby.  I don’t eat fruit cake and marzipan so it’s all for him.


I had the day off so we went out for breakfast and a movie.

We try to eat locally to support great businesses in our area.  Unfortunately, there are not many in our area but when we do find a good one, supporting them is important so they survive.

Before heading off to watch a family movie, we had breaky at a local cafe, Red Beetle. Cafe.  Their food is honest and hearty.  It is affordable and will warm up your tummy.


I am happy to have spent days with my family to create happy memories.  These days are precious.

Bon Apetite,


Eating out with kids AND a Giveaway

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You must know by now that I have two small children.  I know, I probably go on about them in my blog, but this one is especially for them.  Hubby and I love eating out. I especially love it when we go out as a family. Taking our children out for a meal is a great way for them to learn about different cuisines. It gives the kids a chance to experience different food and they can make up their own minds on what they like and don’t like.

As a family, we were given the opportunity to try out a couple of kid-friendly places in the inner north suburbs.  We don’t live there but like to venture out to cafes and restaurants.  In the past we have enjoyed meals at various places and we love to return over and over again.

To celebrate all things inner north, a Facebook page has been set up where you can click “like” to keep up to date with events and festivals.  Head on over to their page for your chance to win the Ultimate Northside Experience valued at $4000!  Check it out for more details.

One place that was a must try was breakfast at the Auction Rooms in North Mellbourne.  This place has a great breakfast menu for both adults and children.  The staff are friendly and the food is tasty and beautifully presented.

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 Hubby really enjoyed the crumbed black pudding with tomatillo salsa and pickled pine mushrooms whilst I ate the tasty gammon ham steaks, spinach pancakes and poached eggs.

 The kids enjoyed poached eggs on sourdough and a bruleed french toast.  The french toast was to die for and was thoroughly enjoyed by all of us.  The servings were quite big for the children but mummy and daddy didn’t mind helping them out at all ;)

Another go-to place for children in the inner north is Shocolate.  All kids love chocolate.  This cafe is located on the corner of Johnston & Brunswick streets, Fitzroy.  Their glass display of éclairs and macarons looked gorgeous and they have a great kids menu.  The cafe is intimate making it very family friendly and the service was happy and cheerful.


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 We “inhaled” their fantastic iced chocolate, the kids ate crispy and crunchy dessert (chocolate ice cream with crisp pearls – cereal balls in chocolate) and the shocolate éclair.


My tips on eating out with small children:

  • I like to check out the menu before heading out to the restaurant to make sure it’s kid friendly.  Also, if you have picky children or children with allergies, this will also aide on deciding if the cafe/restaurant menu is suitable for your family.
  • I like to have wet wipes every time we go out to eat.  Little hands tend to get very sticky, very quickly.
  • Keep the kids occupied while waiting for their meals.  I like to bring along pencils and paper or digital devices to keep them busy before their meals come.  There’s nothing worse than having hungry AND bored children.
  • If you need high chairs, I suggest you give the cafe a quick call before heading out there as not all supply them.  Some are also not pram friendly so keep that in mind if you need to have the pram with you.
  • Try visiting places you may not usually go. This will help expand your kid’s palettes.

I’m hosting a giveaway on my blog to win a $50 voucher for 400 Gradi,  an Italian Pizzeria located in East Brunswick featuring wood fired pizzas and a Neapolitan menu.  To enter, leave a comment below telling me which cafe or restaurant in the inner north you frequent and why.  Get on it now!!

This giveaway ends Midnight 27th April and is only open to readers who are able to dine in at the restaurant in East Brunswick.  Please share by tweeting or facebooking.  Good Luck! 

My family dined at Shocolate and Auction rooms courtesy of Keep Left PR, Hockingstuart and Live North.

Bon Appetite,



Lots of Pizza eating during the Melbourne Pizza Festival 2013

As I mentioned in my previous post, the Melbourne Pizza Festival is on right now.  For more information, read about it here.


I was fortunate enough to have been invited to attend a couple of events.  I was also honoured to have met the Pizza Festival Director, Matteo Rubbettino.  Matteo created this festival because he wanted Australians to experience the variations of pizzas from different regions and to showcase the pizza makers that create their pizzas with passion and skill.

I attended my first event at Feldman’s in Fitzroy where Chef Andrea Caroli, works his magic on creating delectable pizzas.  Along with Jason Pitt looking after us, my pizza experience at Feldman’s was a memorable one.


Hubby and I enjoyed 2 pizza’s  at Feldman’s.  One was the Bocconcini,  gorgonzola, semi dried figs, prosciutto.  This pizza is one of their more popular ones.  The sweetness of the figs counteracts the saltiness of the prosciutto and gorgonzola.  It was fantastic.


Also tried the Tomato, fior di latte, italian sausage, mushroom, smoked scarmoza.  I’ve never had fior di latte (mozzarella made from cow) or scarmoza cheese before, so I had to try this one.  It, too was tasty.  I’m glad we made the right choices.


Our second Pizza festival event was at Za-Za’s in Richmond.  Za-Za’s is a trattoria in true casalinga style: warm and welcoming, expressive and passionate, with plentiful food and excellent coffee.  The service is friendly and personal.  Morena Miceli likes to make sure her customers are well fed and happy when they leave.  This time hubby and I decided to take the kiddies along as they too, love pizza and we knew they would enjoy the true taste of pizza served at Za-Za’s.  And, of course, they did.


We tried The Bufalina Pizza, which  has Italian tomato salsa, local buffalo mozzarella by Giorgio Linguanti of That’s Amore Cheese, basil & E.V.O Oil  It was light and fresh.  There was plenty of sauce and cheese.


We also tried the Pucinella Pizza, which was amazing.  It is half Margherita & half Calzone filled with leg ham &  Fior di Latte.  The ham in the calzone was amazing and full of flavour.


I’m glad we attended events of the Pizza Festival.  It gave us the opportunity to try authentic pizzas at amazing restaurants.

If you want to attend events, you still have time.  The festival will come to a close this Sunday 30th June 2013 where a closing event will be held.  You can purchase tickets to attend.  It’s $25 for all-you-can-eat pizza.  Now that’s a deal!  Check out their website here to find out how to get your hands on these tickets.

I attended the 2 events courtesy of Kathryn from Keepleft PR and Matteo of Pizza Festival.

Buon Appetito,


Eco Burger from Lord of the Fries

All Melbournians have heard of Lord of the fries. And all have an opinion of them. Like it them or not, they have become a Melbourne icon. Lord of the Fries are a Melbourne based chain that pride themselves on providing fast food made with locally sourced ingredients. All of the menu is vegetarian and there are also, gluten free, vegan, halal and kosher options.

I was invited to try their new burger called the Eco burger. It is the classic 100% vegetarian faux meat LOTF pattie with Beetroot Darwin sauce and Mozerella cheese. To be honest, I've never been one to go out of my way to eat a vegetarian burger but I found this burger really tasty and worthy of the drive to their Chapel street store. As a meat lover, there's no fooling me that the patty is not meat but none the less, it was perfect as a vegetarian option. So a vegetarian or not, I think people need to try out this new burger because it's that good.

Of course, no trip to Lord of the fries is complete without an order of their chips. We ordered the Large box ($6.95) with the African sauce (extra $2) which is their Belgian mayo plus ketchup plus onions. Super tasty and they were very crispy.

I tried the new Eco burgers courtesy of Keep Left PR Agency and Lord of the Fries.

Bon Appetite,



Bendigo Street Milk Bar, Richmond

When I hear the word “milk bar”, it congers up images of a small corner store filled with the essential grocery items and display windows filled with lollies and candy. As a child I would buy a 20cent bag of mixed lollies and it would last me all day. But this milk bar is different.

I was happy to hear that the Bendigo street milk bar was still alive and operating. Many years ago, my mum and auntie used to work a couple of streets down and used to frequent it for lunch. During school holidays, my brother used to work with my mum for a few weeks. My auntie will call their lunch orders ahead and would send my brother down to pick it up. He has fond memories of his regular egg and bacon rolls :)

I had the opportunity to head down with my Little Man for brunch. I was met with friendly staff who were more than happy to help me with the menu.

I started off with a latte and my Little man had a babycino complete with marshmallows.

Since the Little man already had breakfast, he really wanted the brownie that was on display. It was dense and fudgy. So good.

I had the warm breakfast salad. It had salad leaves, bacon, tomatoes, shaved Parmesan, avocado and a poached egg with a lemon and olive oil dressing. It was tasty, fresh and something I can eat over and over again.

They have an outside courtyard, which is accessible through a small hall way to the back door of the cafe. A family were happily eating and chatting away.

I will definitely like to return and try their lunch menu. Their display case of different sandwiches and their specials board menu sounded amazing. The staff were super friendly and the place felt comfortable where you can just sit and have a cup of coffee as the world skipped by.

The Little man and I enjoyed our complimentary meal courtesy of 360 Immerse Agency and Bendigo Street Milk Bar.

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Bon Appetite,



Sydney Holiday in Pictures

During Easter this year, we (Hubby, myself and the 2 munchkins) spent a few days in Sydney. Hubby and I have driven to Sydney many times before but this was the first time we took the 9hour drive with two small children.

We left home Thursday evening and arrived in Sydney on Good Friday. The kids were very good during the road trip and slept most of the way there.

The trip was mostly about eating and children-related activities.

As soon as we checked into our motel, we unpacked the car and headed out again. We had lunch at the famous Bourke street Bakery in Surrey Hills.
We had: chorizo pizza (top left), roast beef, chilli and coriander jam sandwich (top right), pork and leek sausage roll (middle left) and a honey roasted ham, cheddar, onion pickle, parsley mayo and rocket sandwich (bottom).
We also had the chocolate tart. Soooo good!
Next, it was onto to Gelato Messina for dessert. The highlight was the mini me ice cream dessert (bottom right)
As if that wasn’t enough, we headed off to Chinatown for the Friday night market. I couldn’t really eat much as we were so full already.

Next day (Saturday) we headed to Westfield Sydney as I have heard yummy things about the food court there. However, we were there too early for any of the cafes or stores to be opened so we wondered downstairs and I found this delicious grilled beef salad. It was a great find.

We then went to the aquarium where the children enjoyed and learnt about the different fish and sea creatures.
Before heading back to the motel for a much needed rest, we drove up to Manly for the essential visit to Zumbos. I bought his macarons. One of each, of course. In Zumbos these are called Zumbarons! Also got one of the infamous V8 cake and the citrus cake.
For dinner that night, we went to Chef’s Gallery. I found out about this place through instagram where I saw many wonderful photos of their food.
We had: Top: shredded peking duck roti.
Bottom left to right: wok fried rice and shredded pork and lettuce. Mini pork fillet burger. Boneless pork ribs topped with pork floss, corn cereal and roasted garlic. Handmade noodles with BBQ pork and soy sauce.

This was the reason why we went to Chef’s Gallery. This dessert is so popular that you have to pre-order when you make your booking. It is their signature “piggy face” sesame bun with marshmallow bunnies set in an edible garden served with berry and mango ice creams. Not only delcious but also very cute.

Every Saturday night, darling harbour holds spectacular fireworks. Darling harbour looks so pretty at night.

Sunday was another busy day for the family. We spent most of the day at Taronga zoo where we arrived by ferry.

My favourite animal at the zoo.

Lunch was Pad Thai at The Rocks.

Deanna and I shared a corn on the cob at The Rocks weekend market.

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in Sydney even though it was a short stay. Thank you Sydney for your hospitality. Hope to see you again very soon.

Bon Appetite,



My Week In Pictures: first day of prep, dinners and diner

This week has been a little emotional for me as a mummy.  My little girl had her first day in prep.  I’m so proud and happy for her.  She is doing well and is making lots of friends quickly.  My mission now, is to find yummy and delicious lunch box meals for her.  I’ll post my ideas and creations.
This week’s dinners have been simple but varied.
Toad in a hole. Not very pretty but yummy!
Home made hamburgers. Hubby had a double beef and cheese one. 
I had left over roast chicken in the freezer so I made a salad with green beans, bacon, croutons and roasted tomatoes.
We ended our week by dinning at Mistys diner.  An American style diner that serves hotdogs, hamburgers and all things American.
For dessert, we had pecan pie, pumpkin pie and the children shared a cinnamon peaks and chocolate.
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the service was friendly.  We plan on going back there again.

What did you eat this week?

Bon Appetite,