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mosaic road
Melbourne, Australia
Interests: my dogs, my children, my vegie garden, my sister and her boys, my hopefully ongoing fitness, recipezaar, my ebay business, my renovations - all in equal order !!
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This would be a decadent but delicious breakfast, one that I would certainly get out of bed for !! Again I spotted it whilst trawling Harvey Nichols in London. It contains both oats and bran as the cereal component and then has a smattering of dried figs and cocoa nibs throughout. Lots of minerals but also lots of calories I am guessing. I could easily persuade myself that the chocolate would provide essential and very mush needed anti-oxidants. A scoop made from sugar cane pulp comes as an accessory. Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at mosaic road
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Pure maple water !! I had not seen it or even heard of it till recently when I was strolling the gourmet food aisles in Harvey Nichols. I love maple syrup so would love to hear of anyone who has tasted this. It is made from the sap from maple trees, contains 46 various vitamins and nutrients, is low calorie and fat free. The company also has a disclaimer I like very much - no trees are harmed in obtaining the maple water !!! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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A new chain of bubble tea cafe/labs has opened across London and includes a delivery service. I love bubble tea and if I lived in London I would certainly be a regular Bubbleology customer. Sales and wait staff wear white coats endorsing their novelty science theme. This company also provides some financial support from their sales to Drop4Drop projects that provide fresh water wells in developing countries. The menu of milk teas and fruit teas is vast but Banoffee Pie caught my eye. Natural fruit flavourings and fresh tapioca are used and the drinks are 100% vegetarian. They do make... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at mosaic road
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When you have 7 people, 7 individual choices, 7 single bags and 7 payments it amounts to a fair bit of confusion when macaron shopping. Choosing a flavour was a challenge in itself. I thought salted caramel would be incredible when channelled into a macaron but found myself biting into an exquisite morsel of mandarin. A major mix up had occurred and the salted caramel had vanished rapidly, consumed but enjoyed in error .The mandarin macaron had a definite citrus tang and was the colour of a perfect Moroccan sunset. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at mosaic road
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Pierre Herme has been described as the Picasso of Pastry and he is most famous in France, Japan and USA. His first boutique opened in Tokyo way back in 1998 . He was unknown to me until I happily discovered him in London. Pastries, macarons , chocolates, pound cakes even speciality candles are for sale in his stores and now online. Luckily for me, in this instance, Moroccan mail is so vastly unreliable that I cannot order online so I am saving myself from myself. The array is mouth watering and amazing. What to try and/or buy is an impossible... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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This beautiful old building in Oxford Street London houses McDonalds. While I am no great fan of this food chain I am happy to see it installed in a beautiful old building and merging with the street cape. It is so much better to see the building in use and not torn down and replaced with a contemporary monstrosity with massive golden arches hovering overhead. Similarly the very old Pantechnicon with its Greek columns in Belgravia, built in the 1830s, now is home to a very big Starbucks and it all looks quite stylish and not out of place. Originally... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at mosaic road
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The first item on this Special's list gave me quite a surprise - an unexpected inclusion I found on a menu here in Morocco. I do intend to order it one day. Fusion food with a political twist !!!! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at mosaic road
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"Legible London" is something many other big cities could adopt. Navigating the busy city streets becomes a breeze without big maps being unfolded and flapped around repeatedly. Street signage at designated intervals improves the way finding for tourists and locals . A pointer tells you where you currently are standing and then you can see ahead to where you are aiming for. Names of stations and all bus routes are clearly marked as are all the surrounding streets and important sights. Interesting also to discover was the system was constructed with the aim of increasing walking levels of the populace,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at mosaic road
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Most of us like to window shop but I am at my happiest gazing into the windows of yes, cake shops. I can look at desserts, pastries and baked goods for many hours. You could say my hobby was cake spotting with some eating on the side included. It is a good hobby as it can be enjoyed at anytime, alone or with like minded companions. I spotted this Tarta de Santiago or Cake of St James in Notting Hill recently. As two members of my family have completed the 800 km pilgrimage that ends in Santiago this dense almondy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at mosaic road
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Words are pointless really. As you can see, the fruit in Morocco, all locally grown, is unbelievable. I am addicted to the clementines. I had not eaten one before moving here and they are so sweet and juicy and best of all are mostly seedless. I have never been a fan of Australian mandarins, too pithy and seedy for me !! A clementine tastes quite different. The strawberries are huge and full of flavour. Often big berries in Australia are boring and insipid but these never disappoint . And soon the apricots will come into season - so more fruitful... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at mosaic road
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This pretty and angelic little platter of confectionary was found on both pillows at a very glamorous rural resort in NZ this week. A close friend was staying at Cape Kidnappers {wonderful name } and she was overjoyed as she did not have to share with her partner. It just goes to show that something so simple can make an a big impact. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at mosaic road
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This is Australia's National floral emblem and not for one second did I ever expect to see bunches of it for sale at the flower market in Marrakech. It grows in Morocco, up around Tangier. It is called mimosa, not wattle , in this part of the world. The lovely flower man gave me a bunch when he discovered I was Australian - or maybe because it was Valentines Day !! Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at mosaic road
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I see many cats every single day, all shapes, colours and sizes and all look in reasonable good heath. The ones I see in the souks are almost plump and loiter around the fish and poultry stalls and are clearly rewarded for doing so. They are often nibbling on a tasty morsel like a chicken foot. I passed this little tabby snoozing in the sun and thought it so cute that someone had left it a biscuit to eat when it awoke from its midday siesta. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at mosaic road
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Strawberries, cream and chocolate ! A gluten free cake was needed at the riad so here it is. It is hard to be wheat free in Morocco as bread and couscous are such mainstays in the local diet, but you can still eat cake ! Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at mosaic road
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I have always loved seeing the brightly filled window boxes with cascading fuchsias or geraniums that adorn nearly every home, chalet and building throughout Europe. They have never been a feature I have noted in the UK but on this visit to London I happily saw floral bursts of colour everywhere, breaking up the greyness of mid winter. As I do not have a green thumb, I find this wintry weather gardening very impressive plus it is so very visually cheering as one trudges the tourist trail enveloped to the nines in scarves, gloves and coats. I could amass a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at mosaic road
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As I came through the souks yesterday afternoon I found a seller sitting on the ground with about a dozen bunches of asparagus for sale. I am presuming, but may be wrong, that it is the first of the very limited season as I have not seen it for sale anywhere else or on a menu. Maybe because of such reduced availability [except for the horrible tinned stuff ] it is know as the food of kings.The spears were very thin [my favourite] and a paler green than the variety I used to purchase in Melbourne. I have since learned... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at mosaic road
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I mentioned yesterday in my post that when I am on the tourist trail I prefer the more tangible. This to me means coffee and food. I pressed my nose up against the window of this wonderful cafe in London recently when I spotted something very close to my heart. Portuguese tarts no less. While not typical Brit baking, they are a worthy import from Portugal consisting of the lightest flaky pastry filled with a sweet egg custard No wonder this cafe won a prestigious award in 2014. Coffees made with organic jersey milk and home baked cakes and tarts... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at mosaic road
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This pub is on the tourist trail for those lovers of spooks and ghouls. That is not me as I prefer the more tangible when I am being a tourist. It has stood here in Belgrave Square in London in one form or another since 1720. The ghost of a young soldier who cheated at a game of cards and was violently beaten to death apparently resides here. Visitors to the pub have tried valiantly to pay off his gambling debt and even from the outside you can see the ceiling is covered with bank notes in varying currencies. But... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at mosaic road
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Today I went with a lovely friend S to have lunch at La Cuisine de Mona. It is a tiny bit hidden away and I probably would not have found it on my own. It has a little courtyard and we sat in the weak winter sunshine and talked non stop, sharing experiences, as she has a job similar to mine. We each had a vegetarian platter of dips and salads followed by little cups of Lebanese coffee. Classic dips and salads came with pita bread. Generous serves too. I brought home their menu and on turning it over made... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at mosaic road
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Totally addictive is my first and foremost comment. This seller and his delicious peanuts were in the centre of London and provided a sweet snack on a grey bleak day and I have been thinking about them ever since. Now back in Marrakech I thought I would see if I could re create a similar snack. I have located a recipe with a bit of a twist and it is posted below. Seems to be the type of thing I will have to watch like a hawk or face a black charred disaster. I will let you know what transpires.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at mosaic road
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Fever Tree tonic was served to me one night in London. I was not familiar with this brand but that maybe because it is not {sadly} readily available in Australia. Schweppes seems to be the biggest name in tonic water there. But this name fascinated me so I did a bit of googling and I learnt some amazing new things. There is actually a tree called the cinchona tree known commonly as the fever tree and the bark from this tree contains quinine which is a major component of tonic water. This UK company sources their quinine from trees on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at mosaic road
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About a week ago I was privileged to share a mid afternoon meal with the other members of staff here at the riad. Zakia, our wonderful cook , made a very traditional and quite labour intensive dish called Rfissa. Chicken, lentils, spices and day old bread are the main ingredients but I have also seen it with tripe. I would go with the chicken option personally. The little dishes below held cumin, salt and ground fenugreek seeds and optional diced hot chiles. Everyone eats from the same shared platter here - fingers or spoons. Every mouthful was delicious and it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at mosaic road
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Buying a beautiful rug in Morocco can be a mine field . The sellers are persuasive and the choices endless. My son recently purchased two whilst here on a quick trip. The first purchases provided him with a learning curve enabling him to drive a hard bargain when buying rug number two. So through this process our family now has a very genuine contact and so if anyone desires a handcrafted pure wool Berber rug or hall runner, I can do some enabling and shipping. No haggling required. Just paypal. The same goes for other handcrafts including the lovely cashmere... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at mosaic road
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Gluten free, easy, no bake, no added sugar and no added fat - what could be better ?? I put dates and almonds and oats into food processor and blitz together then add other ingredients - everything should resemble a mulch and come together quite quickly. There are no rules here so increase or decrease ingredients as desired or as needed to get a pliable dough for rolling into balls or alternatively press into a slice tray and cut into squares. Hide in fridge then serve in small gorgeous Moroccan bowl. 1 cup pitted dates - soft squidgy ones few... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at mosaic road
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This blog post is for my friend J who loves doorways. I, too, love thinking about what lies behind front doors. Entrances are so different in every country. Every house in Australia that I have lived in has had the classic fly wire screen or a heavy duty security door, neither which you will find in Morocco. In England the doors have knockers and mail slots and are often brightly painted and make quite a statement whereas In Australia we have door bells and a letter box in the front garden. And things are different again here in the modern... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at mosaic road