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mosaic road
Melbourne, Australia
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If you have need of a door of any shape , size, condition or colour then Bab El Khemis is where you will find that very door, perfect for all for your needs. The choice is extensive and if you cannot find the door of your dreams here then it probably does not exist but just ask and one could be made up for you I am sure and delivered, for a price !! Haggling is obligatory. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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Bab El Khemis is a flea market on steroids. It is a vast tangle of stalls selling all manner of items - new, old, ancient, genuine copies, real and total fakes and everything in between. Clothes, doors, mattresses, electronics, light fittings, more doors, furnishings, carpets, baths, did I mention doors - it’s all here . And it is all dusty and stacked haphazardly with zillions of cats and tiny kittens sleeping and playing amongst the clamour and racket and jungle of bits and pieces. Be prepared to fossick and delve and haggle. I loved it all and saw a lot,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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Well I will take oranges at this point in time and place. Oranges in Morocco are the biggest and juiciest I have ever encountered. Fresh squeezed juice is on every breakfast table and street corner. Electric juicing machines are on sale everywhere, even the supermarket. Not long ago I bought one small sized orange just for grating the peel and a horrified Moroccan man stopped me and directed me to much bigger oranges of a higher quality. He did not want me to miss out on trying the best local produce. Sliced oranges and canelle [cinnamon] is a very popular... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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A relaxed lunch or brunch on a Sunday is an institution for many people. Sunday is our supposed day of rest - a day when you can stay in bed with no alarm clocks shattering deep sleep, a day with no work deadlines or traffic fraught school runs . It is often the only day families all can sit down together to share a meal before a new week of stress and time deprivation starts over. Sunday for me here in Marrakech is like the other six days of the week as I go to work with the single difference... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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I am always in awe when people think outside the box as I am not usually one of them. I regularly get that ‘why didn't I think of that ‘ resounding in my head so I was wildly impressed to see this bright green edible vegetarian centrepiece on a dining table recently. This vegetable, the broccoflower - broccoli meets cauliflower - with its lunar like surface, is reasonably new to me. I have come across it in Australia but only on occasion. So it was yet another surprise for me to see it here in Morocco and to see it... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at mosaic road
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Recently I was a guest at a luncheon, a small and delightful catered for event. Entree was a yoga class for the guests that took place on the lawn in front of the villa. Drinks, bread and olives followed this, also outside, in the Moroccan sunshine. Then on being called to lunch we duly proceeded inside to a wonderful table laden with Vietnamese dishes. So lovely and so unexpected . Asian food is a favourite of mine and not commonly seen here in Marrakech. A talented husband and wife team, originally from Vietnam, followed by 35 years living in Paris... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at mosaic road
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Originally back in 2013 on my first trip to Morocco I was very surprised to be served turkey. In my mind it was just served at Thanksgiving and Christmas and not something I associated with North Africa. But turkey kebabs or brochettes are very often on menus here and these wonderful lemony skewers were cooked to juicy perfection, as I watched, over a very low brazier at the riad where I work. Apparently poultry consumption in this country accounts for well over 50% of all meats eaten here in Morocco with well over 250 poultry farms supplying this demand. It... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at mosaic road
Posted May 20, 2015 at mosaic road
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This UK icon is a store famous for being exclusive and expensive and I am sure is visited by nearly every tourist in London. I have been many times over the years and never bought a thing !! I have eaten a light lunch there once only, years ago, and discovered that unless you were a diner, the cost of visiting the ladies rest room was one pound. It may have gone up in price since then. I am unsure what and if men were charged !! I have also been at sale time and talk about a seething mass... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at mosaic road
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There is no end to the delicious variations that can be concocted with chocolate. The array and endless choice found in the chocolate world is half the attraction for me. No boredom is possible whatsoever both visually and in the eating department. The second half of the attraction is the consumption bit. I have no doubt in my mind that eating chocolate helps improve my day. Here are some exquisite and prime examples of the ways chocolate can be presented to the tempt even the most discerning buyer, seen where else, but Harrods. Only the best produce is found in... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at mosaic road
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I am unsure who that quote belongs to but I like it. I like it a lot. Chocolate is my vice, my downfall. I have faced the music and am very open and honest about it. Most people who know me are very much aware that I have a deep seated passion for any product from the cocoa bean. I keep a stash in a cupboard with a lock and key to keep me out !! Out of sight, hopefully out of mind !! These two desserts were shared between three chocolate lovers when I went out to dinner in... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at mosaic road
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Just looking at water makes me feel cooler and spending a few hours beside it, or in it, is the perfect antidote when it is 42 C in Marrakech .This beautiful pool is in the Palmeraie, a 20 minute taxi ride from my apartment. It is one of 5 pools that are part of Jnane Tamsna, a cultural guest house. The boutique guest house is small so a day visitor can easily find themselves cooling off alone in a perfect aqua swimming pool. Quality time spent like this is as good as any holiday. There are chaises longues both in... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2015 at mosaic road
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I have mixed feelings about this novel. Has anyone else read it ? It won a Pulitzer Prize and I certainly liked the writing style of Elizabeth Strout. The descriptive prose certainly sets the scene and the characters are realistic but the flow seemed a touch erratic to me. The blurb says Olive and her story is the axis but to my mind some of the other chapters had no real connection. I might have missed it though. Reading at night when you are tired sometimes does not do a book any favours. Now having read the book I am... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at mosaic road
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Summer has hit and hit hard. Marrakech has had day after relentless day where the mercury has hovered around 42 degrees Celsius. No cool changes or light breezes, just hot as Hades heat and intense glare . Nights are restless hours of tossing and turning with the AC droning and struggling. This is the reality of living in North Africa and not unlike a fair share of Australian summers I have experienced over time . Along with the scorching heat comes wonderful tropical floral colour, languid lunchtimes with my Kindle by the pool, juicy summer fruits and an excuse to... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at mosaic road
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It's been a busy week on the family front and one that cannot pass without a bit of a song and dance on this blog . Although I am absent from family occasions, my children are always in my mind and heart. Firstly my oldest child turned 30 and to him I wish the best of everything life offers. He is working in his chosen profession and concurrently studying for another degree at university . We share a passion for travel and happily he told me yesterday that he has just bought a ticket for December and will visit me... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at mosaic road
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I am now considered a pure Anglophile, an honest to goodness blue blooded British citizen and have a glossy red passport to prove it. My dinky-di Aussie blue one will just go on the back burner for a while. Now I can embrace all things English with a total legitimacy. Toast and marmalade, Laura Ashley, scones and jam and cream, Devon fudge, a stiff upper lip, Dr Who, Pimms, cucumber sandwiches, the BBC - bring them on. I might even get a Mini Minor to drive and some DVDs of Blue Peter and East Enders to watch plus of course... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at mosaic road
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Not long ago I had the chance to walk up the gang plank and board Le Dhow, a teak galleon style boat. It sailed from India to Morocco but then weighed anchor. It was designed to be a restaurant and is permanently moored. It has coffee ‘lounge’, a dining area over two decks and a bar. Great ambience, friendly service, good food and some wonderful carved armchairs made eating under the sails quite memorable. All was pretty ship shape. Seeing cheval/horse on the menu was for me a little disconcerting although I know it is considered livestock. I stuck with... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at mosaic road
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As it is Mother's Day in some parts of the world this seems an appropriate topic !! During the week I was given, as a gift, a bag of sugar. I was overjoyed, talk about a sugar high !! Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of sugar in Morocco, so much so that diabetes is rampant. But I have not been able to find soft brown sugar, the soft molassesy type of brown sugar that is perfect in crumbles, cobblers, gingerbread, date loaves and anything caramel. White sugar and a type of raw sugar are easily located in the... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at mosaic road
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No, not to me but to my daughter !! She entered a baking competition at the Royal Children’s Hospital in honour of Mother’s Day at the very last minute and set out after 9 pm to make a very complex and multi step recipe . Most of the night was spent up close and personal with her Kenwood Chef. After endless beating and piping and even deep frying a major transfer had to be accomplished next morning of cake to competition. She assembled the entire thing once she got to her department even travelling with her trusty fondant smoother. Her... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at mosaic road
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Peach season is upon us here in Morocco ! What a wonderful time of year ! The peaches are medium sized and perfectly formed. if like me you prefer not to eat the furry skin, just plunge them whole into boiling water. The skin virtually drops off to reveal the colours of a vibrant sunset. The glossy flesh is juicy and velvety. My next culinary project will be to blanche about 2 or 3 dozen and freeze for cakes, pies, muffins and cobblers in the peach free months ahead. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at mosaic road
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It is always the small things that make a place memorable, tiny charming touches that catch the eye and enhance an experience. Riad Alegria has much prettiness everywhere and so many delightful objets d’art in nooks and crannies that you cannot help but notice and enjoy. The petal filled fountain, colourful sequinned cushions, the silver water bottle holders and beaded dangling tassels added to the abundance of fresh flowers are just a few wonderful examples. When you are on that plane back home to reality these little Moroccan memories will form a happily completed jigsaw of your holiday. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at mosaic road
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The bedrooms at riad Alegria are seriously huge, furnished with charm and good taste and full of special little touches, like the big woven basket , perfect for taking towels and sun lotions up to the pool area. They have soft stone floors that exude a cool tranquility and many sleep 3 if not 4 with loads of space for everybody. Bathrooms are a perfect fusion of traditional Marrakchi plaster tadelakt and modern fixtures, one even includes a big bath tub, perfect for a long soak after a day of sightseeing. After bathing you can envelop yourself in a fluffy... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at mosaic road
maybe Typepad is working now - hope springs eternal !! Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at mosaic road
Hope springs eternal that Typepad is working !! Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at mosaic road
good old Typepad not working again ! Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at mosaic road