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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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For any cook, beginner, family or even gourmet chef, this must be the quickest, easiest and most satisfying meal to make. It is literally a throw together concept using anything - meat or veg, fresh ingredients or frozen, even leftovers, all bound togther with a thin egg batter. Hopefully everyone will eat it too. It can be served hot or cold and eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I used sliced leftover potatoes and tiny diced bacon pieces in mine. You can not go wrong, I promise !!! Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at mosaic road
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This week I was give an amazing box of chocolates, bought to me all the way from Berlin. The store , Rausch Plantagen Schokolade, where they came from was first opened in 1890 and apparently many royals are among their customers. Their chocolate is made from single origin cocoa and each bar in my special box is made up of a different percentage of cocoa. The box , resembling a wooden cigar box, remains untouched by me as yet - it is such a lovely thing to have. I will keep it like that for a little while - till... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at mosaic road
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I don't enter many competitions and I certainly don't take prize winning photos so this just was just my lucky day. I did what was required - I shared my snaps - and won churros for two at San Churros in Windsor. Yum !!!! Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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As I have a new adventure unfolding before me I am wanting a new look blog to reflect my lifestyle change. And I would prefer not to pay for it. So while I fiddle with trialling other platforms I have chosen a new name and a new header. Manningroad is now Mosaic Road and I will continue with Typepad for now. Our life is made up of so many little pieces , some smooth , some rough. We are what we are because of all these different and often oddly shaped bits and pieces called life experiences. Some are bright... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at mosaic road
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Thank you to everyone who has sent greetings to me via FB, text and phone call. I am blessed to be surrounded by such amazing and loving friends and family. Since the same auspicious date a year ago I have had 2 very different adventures to Morocco and a very memorable trip to Boston and NYC. Also I have entered a very convoluted long distance relationship , spent many hours in the gym, walked dogs endless kilometers and drunk many a long black. And most importantly I have laughed, laughed till I have cried in fact, on a daily basis... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at mosaic road
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It is beyond me to understand how someone can create such a perfect and sublime dessert. The word cake does not do it justice. It is a work of art. Someone with unbelievable skills created not just this one but fills a whole shelf with such delicacies on a daily basis. I am a rustic throw together cook so I take my [chef] hat off to someone who creates food with such incredible finesse. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at mosaic road
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It's gone, sold today !! Although I am not leaving for quite a few weeks I had to make a call on the car right away. The registration was due this week so it was either sell now or pay the $750 and sell later. As there is another family car, waiting in the wings and undriven just currently, I decided to sell now. It would be impossible for me to live without a car so I am lucky I can drive "Ruby" till my departure. So this afternoon I loaded in the Cocopop and we drove to the dealership.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at mosaic road
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At coffee on Saturday after our workout I encountered this little tiny 8 week old mini poodle called Henri. The owner had Henri tucked down his shirt peering out. Our table of dog lovers quickly comandeered this baby with everyone having a "hold". It was the sweetest thing and so weeny. The owner had his coffee and then left the cafe forgetting his charge then rushed back in panic . Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at mosaic road
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For my past 5 years of blogging I have been waxing lyrically about soup. I never tire of the endless variations and it is good for the soul and good for the budget. Today I think I have managed to squeeze my 5 serves of vegetables into one bowl and they are all different colours too - so my inards should be very happy plus there is nothing more comforting when it is only two degrees than a hearty bowl of vegie soup. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at mosaic road
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Today I am doing something I am very bad at. I am going to be an in-patient. I will spend the day {or hopefully only the day} in hospital having some eye surgery. I do not like waiting round and I do not like missing out on coffee and breakfast and I do not like fuss and bother. So I will have to draw on inner reserves to keep smiling and just aim to get out of there as soon as possible. The procedure is elective and I am happy to have it but I am a restless fidgety type... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at mosaic road
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Today, as I do once a year every July, I took a three hour spin class that mimics the Tour de France. It is a tough 3 hours that includes some entertainment to take our minds off the Alps we are ascending. Can Can girls, French music, cow bells and even healthy nibbles are all part of the class. By the time the last time trial was done all I could focus on was the thought of a long hot bath or should I say "bain". Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at mosaic road
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I took a roof top tour today and got quite a few surprises !! We covered quite a bit of distance and went up many, many stairs in order to see what was on the top of 6 different buildings in Melbourne. Many of the roof tops are flanked by enormous modern sky scrapers or look over crumbling chimneys on buildings that have seen better days. It was a fun tour to take with friends on a bleak wintry day. And what's more it was free. Four hundred volunteers set aside this weekend to share some of the city's hidden... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at mosaic road
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My daughter received an amazing surprise this week. She opened a parcel and found a tiny bottle with a wonderful little note inside. A very exciting little note too from a lovely friend and so creatively and beautifully presented. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at mosaic road
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Last night my youngest daughter and I celebrated the end of the working week together. Some people drink, we eat and these Asian dumplings certainly cured our assorted miseries. Perfect comfort food with lots of leftovers too. It would probably be better if it was not revealed that we also had salted caramel frozen yoghurt topped with halva but I could not keep that bit to myself as it was another higlight. Gym twice today though !!!! Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at mosaic road
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We have a little family ritual going and all sit down to eat our body weight in pancakes on Sunday mornings. My son has become the short order cook using kefir, ricotta and banana. Kefir is a bit like buttermilk and makes the pancakes puffy and delicious. We had cups of brewed cardamon coffee today. The coffee comes from Israel and goes perfectly with food and family . I am onto my second cup !! Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at mosaic road
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I am , as of yesterday, officially an empty nester. Final child moved bed and belongings to a shared house. It is something I don't mind but don't necessarily embrace. It happens to all of us at some point. Luckily the canine companions are staying put. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at mosaic road
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I am a porridge person and adore oats in any way, shape or form. Winter and oatmeal are synonymous for me, they go hand in hand or really spoon in hand ! I have tried this new multigrain porridge this week and found it to be a delicious variation on a theme. It has lots of added goodies, small surprises in each spoonful. Probably it is best made on the stove top but as I am a corner cutting type of person, the microwave has worked well. It would be relatively easy to create your own version of this porridge... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at mosaic road
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I have a secet, in fact I have two !! Spilling of beans soon !! Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at mosaic road
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This is not the place for you if you want serious fine dining but fun and calories are laid on here. And we all derserve that once in a while. The menu is enormous as are the serves. We had trouble choosing so decided to just eat dessert, make that plural !!!! Sharing is obligatory . The room is colourful with pink and aqua upholstery and there is a mini juke box at every table full of golden oldies so take some dollar coins with you when you go. And enjoy this place for what it is. I will be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at mosaic road
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For a variety of reasons I am applying for a Britsh passport. As my Dad was English as were all my grandparents I seem to be eligible. The process is complex and the endless wordage on all the application forms is enough to deter anyone bar the staunchest anglophile. And at the end of all the deciphering, downloading and printing a hefty fee must be paid and then fear of fears I have to send it all off accompanied by my current passport. It may be an 8 week turnaround if not longer so no travel possible in that time.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at mosaic road
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This movie was a total escape and I spent a couple of hours laughing uproariously with tears running down my cheeks. Yes, the scenery was divine and the food looked exquisite but it was the dialogue , the hysterical banter, that I was swept up in. And wow what hotels !!! I would take a night in the Greta Garbo suite like a shot !! Who wouldn't ?? This movie gets 10/10 from me. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at mosaic road
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In February before I went to Agadir I pulled out the straggly end of summer contents of my vegie tubs so no one had to come and water them for me. Since then they have remained barren. Over autumn the olive tress overhead had become so expansive that little sun was coming through. Also my motivation to do any gardening or yard duties has been totally lacking due to ongoing personal angst. But looking at that bare earth had become pretty dismal so now I have herbs galore and even some ornamental artichokes. The olive trees have had a substantial... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at mosaic road
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Despite suffering dreadfully in February from endless heat and lack of water and loosing an enormous amount of their foliage, my lemon trees are oveloaded with fruit. I have lemons, limes and even oranges every where I turn in the garden. Feels a bit like Spain only a zillion degrees colder !!! Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at mosaic road
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For me, an anti-winter person, bleak winter days like today need colour and warmth to make them bearable. And that colour and warmth plus some healthy goodness came to me in a bowl of delicious chicken and vegetable soup. I may be anti winter but I am very pro soup all year round and never tire of it. Luckily the variations are endless and in summer there are cold versions and even fruit soups can be dessert. But it is the hearty varieties, the meal in a bowl type, that I love. Perfect sustenance to warm the cockles of your... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at mosaic road
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It happens to all cereal eaters, I am sure. Dog eared boxes of crumbly dusty leftover cereal accumulate in the cupboard. I put mine to good use this weekend and made a great slice. Melted honey and butter hold it all together with the end result being like a moist trail bar. Extras like choc chips or dried fruit morsels can easily be stirred into the mix so you can have something for everyone here and it won't last long either !! Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at mosaic road