Celebrate Happy Friday with Italian Doughnuts..

As I am completely sure that you have been calorie counting and exercising religiously all week, eating only green salad leaves with sprouts, please let me blow all that good work out of the water for you.al-dente

Here is the best thing you will try today. No, this week. Actually probably this month! Let me introduce you to the Italian Doughnut from Al Dente in Bathurst. Holy guacamole batman!! There is just not enough descriptive words (or obnoxious sounds) to explain how delicious this is. Go and get one. NOW. Pretend its your birthday. Or the cat’s bar mitzvah. Or John Wayne remembrance day. Just go! Happy Friday.

mmm doughnuts

mmm doughnuts



Italian night? well, we just might!

the hub

We have made a reservation at The Hub Bathurst on Friday 16 August. It is a five course Italian meal and we could not be more excited. The idea of grown up conversation with grown up people CANNOT wait!

The Hub can be contacted on 02 6332 1565 (These nights tend to book up quickly though!)

italian night

Support your local farmer (and eat his food) at the Farmers’ Markets

One of the very best things about living away from the big smoke is the fact that quality, fresh produce is readily available.

I love the idea of local producers showing me their products without the need for a ‘middle-man’. Plus teaching my little-birds that food does not only come from a supermarket is a valuable life lesson in itself!

This month we particularly loved the pesto Leaning Oak Goat’s cheese and the chilli olives from Ploughman’s Hill Olives. Definitely worth a trip just for those two items!

The Bathurst Farmer’s Markets are held the fourth Saturday of each month from January to November and on the third Saturday in December at the Bathurst Showground.

The Orange Farmer’s Markets operate on the second Saturday of each month at the Orange Showground (May to October) or at the Northcourt behind the Visitor Information Centre (November to April)

What a delicious way to help support local farmers and their families.

Bathurst Farmers Markets

Bathurst Farmers Markets

Orange Farmers Markets

Orange Farmers Markets

The wonderful Cobblestone Lane

Cobblestone Lane Bathurst

There is an oasis in George Street, Bathurst, one of my very favourite places.

Providing this Bathurst local with the closest feeling to that of sitting in an exclusive restaurant in Sydney.

Fine Australian dining in Bathurst

Fine Australian dining in Bathurst

Cobblestone Lane offers incredible food, anything from venison to scallops all the way to gnocchi or duck. In my opinion this place is the real deal.

I personally love going out for dinner and especially love going to places where they provide me with food I would not be able to make at home. Cobblestone Lane does just that.

To make it even more amazing is the fact that the staff are professional, courteous and very knowledgeable. The food mixed with the people make for such a welcoming atmosphere and a party for your tastebuds.

This is really a great place to go for that special occasion, or birthday or in my case, I could justify going there just for ‘happy Tuesday’ I love it that much.

NOTE: I really recommend the dessert tasting plate. You WILL NOT regret it!

Located at:

Webb Chambers, 2/173-179 George Street, Bathurst

P: 02 6331 2202

Delicious Prawn saganaki

Prawns Saganaki

This is one of our family’s favourites!

This is a great easy meal from Gourmet Traveller to warm you up in winter

This is a great easy meal from Gourmet Traveller to warm you up in winter


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 400 gm vine-ripened tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 4 red banana chillies, seeds removed, coarsely chopped
  • 125 ml (½ cup) dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp. thyme
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 60 gm Greek feta
  • 12 large green prawns, peeled, cleaned
  • To serve: crusty white bread and green salad (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 220C.
  • Heat oil in a large casserole over medium-high heat, add onion and garlic and sauté until starting to soften (2-3 minutes), add tomato and chilli and sauté until starting to soften (2-3 minutes). Add wine and herbs and reduce until slightly thickened (1-2 minutes).
  • Crumble feta over top, transfer casserole to oven and roast until sauce thickens and feta begins to melt (15 minutes).
  • Remove from oven, gently push prawns into sauce, return to oven and roast until prawns are cooked through (3-5 minutes).
  • Serve hot with crusty white bread and green salad, if desired.