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manningroad
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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I know they are good for you and a great addition to our diet but I find it hard to enthuse over the humble chickpea . I tend not to cook with them but do have a couple of tins of them pushed to the back of the pantry shelves. Even further back than the tins I came across an ancient bag of dried chickpeas and decided to use them up. I followed the instructions and soaked and boiled with an unsurprising boring result. A revamp was called for instantly involving some spices and a good roasting. They got a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at manningroad
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Today I was given an exquisite gift. A patient thought I had gone above and beyond my duty but truly I just did my job so was quite overcome when she bought in a present for me . In a box on a nest of cellophane is single perfect chocolate from the boutique chocolatiers Ciocolatto Lombardo who include in their array, flavours like parsnip, coffee and white chocolate mousseline and vanilla infused olive oil jelly. I know I am meant to eat it but just looking at it gives such immense pleasure. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at manningroad
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Cheap, easy and healthy !! Guilt free even if you don't follow it with an autum dessert like I probably woould. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at manningroad
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I live just about on the Yarra Bike Trail, a supposed shared path that goes along the river into the city. I have used it many,many times - walking with friends, running and walking dogs. I went running along it this afternoon. I ran for 40 minutes and I was in fear for my life most of that time. I rigidly stayed in my designated little strip of path but the cyclists just swoop down on you and pass so close that their slipstream nearly knocks you down. They have no sense of sharing and for this reason I have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at manningroad
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Some love it, some hate it ! I belong to the latter group. The end of daylight saving gives me an annual sense of dread and foreboding. It represents a chill in the air, the wearing of coats and boots and the knowledge that the onset of grey and bleak winter is lurking just around the corner. Getting out of bed to get to training becomes an increasing struggle , walking dogs becomes a windswept chore and the heating bills escalate horribly. The only answer for me is to move and I think a desert is the only answer. I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at manningroad
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I have loved all things buckwheat since a child. My mother used to purchase Aunt Jemina's Pancake mix from the international food section of Myer. It would have been costly back then - about 45 years ago - and quite an avant garde purchase. Be we three children loved those pancakes, smothered of course in maple syrup. That may well have been the start of my great love of rustic and textured foods. I still love buckwheat pancakes but now have expanded my horizons and use buckwheat flour in other baking. As it is gluten free it is very user... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at manningroad
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I was privileged on Monday night to attend a lecture given by this most charismatic and wonderful woman, an Egyptian feminist and journalist. She lives in Cairo and in the recent political uprisings had both arms broken and was assualted in a terrible manner. Mona Eltahawy has spoken out on behalf of women's rights in the Arab world for many years and is a leading Muslim and Middle Eastern feminist. She runs support groups for women and travels the world lecturing and educating. Interestingly enough she wore a head scarf for nine years. She said it took eight years to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at manningroad
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I went to see this wonderful little exhibition at the weekend at the Immigration Museum. It revealed a plethora of fashion designers are offering beautiful outfits for Muslim women whilst still retaining traditional principles. The models, of varying ages, appeared in lifesize photos and film footage . All worked in a variety of professional positions around Australia and many had had sporting careers including football, athletics and surf life saving. All had Muslim and Middle Eastern backgrounds. If you get a chance, just pop in and you will see some amazing beaded head scarfs, richly coloured kaftans, incredible eye make... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at manningroad
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I spotted these yesterday in the city - the Hot Cross Macaron !! Can you believe it ?? The photo is not a good one but the best I could do as it was crowded and I was so overcome by what I was seeing. Very pretty though on an Easter table. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at manningroad
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Not long ago we had a birthday dinner as S turned 25. She gathered a group of the most influential women in her life at Ladro to share a meal. There is an extensive menu and they just keep the food coming. Unbelievably we enjoyed nine different types of pizza - all delicious, enticing and total "waddle home" food if like me you tried a slice of every one !!! gourmet pizzas spicy meatball pizza vegetarian, gluten free, thin crust, potato and rosemary proscutto and cheese, olive and tomato, prawn and on and on. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at manningroad
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I cannot read the writing on the packet but I love the coffee and hope I can find it again. The blend is cardamon and coffee - two all time favourites of mine. Imagine sipping that together then add the heady aroma as the cup comes to your mouth - it is heaven for me. The coffee was in my swap package from Jerusalem. Maybe I will have to go there and buy up big !! Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at manningroad
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One street, two front yards and one of them is mine !!! And I am not the proud owner of the huge urn with the bountiful overflowing herb garden !! Sad but true !! Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at manningroad
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I have just come home from seeing this movie. What an epic !! I read the book many years ago and wondered then if a movie would ever be made about this inspirational woman. She treks with camels across the Australian desert. Now, I love an adventure but this is way out of my league and comfort zone. I salute you, Robyn Davidson for your incredible achievment. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at manningroad
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Yesterday at work I was unexpectedley presented with a lovely botle of French champagne. I had for months been doggedly trying to do something at work and finally succeeded, saving the clinic about $900.00. My hard work paid off and it was greatly appreciated. Often these type of things go unnoticed where I work so this was such a happy surprise. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at manningroad
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Last week I received a parcel from a very exotic destination indeed. The post mark is Jerusalem and that is where my swap partner lives. Via contacts from the old Recipezaar I have been involved in a foodie swap. I sent food gifts to Israel and got a fabulous package in return. It included olives, hommous, wafer biscuits, chokkies, hand cream , ground coffee and a gorgeous souvenir teaspoon amongst other great goodies. It made my day !! Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at manningroad
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The Cocopop turns 6 next week and has always had perfect health but has had two trips to the vet in the last 5 days after having seizures. This has happened on the lead, returning from the park with me, quite out of the blue. Her head is now on a permanent tilt and her balance is a little off and her ball skills are altered as well. The vet has been wonderful but the news is a little ominous, though not definitive. He mentions brain lesions and mini strokes but says these are uncommon in her age group. She... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at manningroad
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I don't do this too often but with both my girls here enjoying a public holiday we had a bit a a carb fest. It was a delicious brunch of pastries, scones, cupcakes and coffee. It was our Labour Day holiday and certainly no labour was done here, just loys of eating and chillaxing {love that word} !!! Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at manningroad
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And that one is in our family. My youngest daughter had a vaccination prior to her trip to Vietnam. She had Vivaxim which innoculates against Hep A and Typhoid. Within 8 hours she could not move her arm and she even messaged me in at 2 am saying she had pain on a 7/10 level in her arm. She did go to work but could barely get dressed into her scrubs. She also had overwhelming nausea, almost to the point of fainting. So back she came to the doctor and we were given this amazing statistic and a certificate to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at manningroad
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I did all the right things before going to Morocco. I took my mobile to the Telstra office so it was done properly - data turned off, mobile roaming on etc. Well today I got a bill for $665.00 !! Horror of horrors !! In the column marked "Calls Received Overseas" were 30 calls from Moroccan phone numbers, some taking place before my plane had even landed and some after I had flown home. Some were only 9 seconds long, the biggest was a whopping 41 minutes. After pressing endless buttons and talking to call centres around the world I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at manningroad
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I travelled all the way home carrying by hand a well wrapped tajine. I chose one from a big stall in the souk where there were multiple sizes and designs and then witnessed the haggling to get me a good price. My recent travel companion will go straight on the stove top - yes onto the flame - and into the oven apparently and does not need soaking and seasoning prior to use. I aim to put it to the test next weekend. I have not used a tajine before and think they are beautiful but always thought they were... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at manningroad
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Last week I spent in winter, highs of 19 and 20 C, in Morocco. This week I have spent in summer, highs of 19 and 20 C, in Melbourne !! How ridiculous is our summer, and so unpredictable. It is already feeling autumny with a chill in the mornings so of course this weather has called for me to make an early start on the comfort food eating I made this Nectarine Brown Betty using fruit from my tree that was frozen after cooking after picking. I have lost a lot of weight recently for a variety of reasons and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at manningroad
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I was given these lovely silver earrings whilst on holidays in Morocco recently and I dearly love them. The Hand of Fatima is a sign of protection in many societies. It is believed to provide defence against the Evil Eye. It symbolizes blessings, power, strength, and protecting humans from evil spirits so I feel very safe when wearing them. So named also to commemorate Muhammad's daughter Fatima Zahra. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at manningroad
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Whilst in Agadir I stayed in an apartment, a furnished one but not a serviced one. I provided the service, sort of !! I cooked but did not clean bar the occasional sweep of the floor. Luckily two people don't make that much mess. It was a great sized apartment with an elevator, perfect for lugging suitcases, and it had good security. There were 2 blocks like below with a big car parking area in between. Mostly French people were the tenants as Agadir is very popular with Europeans escaping the cold. I loved looking out at the assorted displays... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at manningroad
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I know it will seem like I am a lemming just following the crowd but Zara is one of my favourite stores. It was always a treat over the years to shop there when overseas as they have only set up shop here in Australia during the last 18 - 24 months. I try to keep out of the local Zara and keep to our mother/daughter tradition and only visit the store when I am in foreign parts. So I certainly made a visit to Zara in Agadir and swooped on some bargains. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at manningroad
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You would not believe it is winter here in Agadir with sunny warm days and broad blue skies. The beach is an enormous wide arc of golden sand with the Atlantic gently lapping at it's edge. Beside the beach is a huge paved promenade so you can walk for kilometers if you have the energy or just enjoy the passing parade from a beach front cafe. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at manningroad