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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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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 4 days ago at manningroad
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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 manningroad
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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 manningroad
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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 manningroad
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I have a secet, in fact I have two !! Spilling of beans soon !! Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at manningroad
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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 manningroad
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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 manningroad
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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 manningroad
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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 manningroad
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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 manningroad
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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 manningroad
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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 manningroad
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There is nothing like giving back to those less fortunate and my youngest daughter has done just that. She has just come home from a volunteer stint in an orphanage in Vietnam. Great sadness, many life lessons and infinite rewards. I am proud of what she has accomplished and the inspiration she has given others including me. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at manningroad
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I have, this week, been in my job for fourteen years !! Sometimes it feels like a sentence, sometimes not. I am always happy when at work but often drag my feet getting there. Those fourteen years at the coal face have vanished in a blink of an eye. The best thing is that I have such lasting friendships with my co workers as they have been at the clinic for nearly as long as me . Very few changes in staff have been made in this time and we always have a lot of fun. I am quite loud... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at manningroad
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Yesterday I made apple, banana and white chocolate muffins, adorned with yogurt frosting. Such a combination of healthy fruit and naughty white chocolate means a perfect outcome surely. This muffin is not so bad it makes you feel guilt stricken and not so healthy that you feel bored and unsatisfied. So, why stop at one, I ask myself ?? Life is short !! Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at manningroad
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A few weeks ago I posted pictures of my olive trees laden with a huge crop. Now they have been picked, salted and marinated and are ready to eat. And they taste fabulous - a little bit bitter but salty and lemony too. I cannot take any credit though as Anna, a gorgeous Greek grandma in my street took on the project. She appears on a daily basis with a bucket and then heads back to her kitchen to work her magic. Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at manningroad
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Lucky girl - she is headed overseas for 9 weeks !! She will miss a whole Melbourne winter. I am very envious but the main reason for my intense jealousy is she is off to walk the Camino de Santiago. She will probably cover on foot 800 kms over 35 days, carrying her pack, sleeping in hostels en route and bandaging her blisters. She will commence in France and finish up in Spain , an intense and tough personal pilgrimage. It is certainly one way to clear the head of 21st century fol de rol and one I am very... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at manningroad
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Lucky girl - she is headed overseas for 9 weeks !! She will miss a whole Melbourne winter. I am very envious but the main reason for my intense jealousy is she is off to walk the Camino de Santiago. She will probably cover on foot 800 kms over 35 days, carrying her pack, sleeping in hostels en route and bandaging her blisters. She will commence in France and finish up in Spain , an intense and tough personal pilgrimage. It is certainly one way to clear the head of 21st century fol de rol and one I am very... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at manningroad
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Red Velvet Cake is popular in Australia just like every where else but only to my mind has it heavily featured in magazines and cup cake stores over the last 5 - 10 years. It certainly was not a cake my mother made and we were a cake eating family. Apparently it dates back to the era of the Great Depression, World War 2 and the 50's when baker's used boiled beet juices to enhance the colour of their cakes and these juices helped them retain their moisture, the cakes that is, not the bakers !!! So we really do... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at manningroad
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I am not a big meat eater so a hamburger rarely passes my lips. But we had a celebratory dinner this week and the birthday girl requested hamburgers. Luckily not the homemade variety but the take away type from Grill'd . This chain specializes in healthy options and has a very big menu. There are lots of bread choices including gluten free and sweet potato chips can be ordered as well as the normal variety. The burger I ordered was very spicy with a generous smear of harissa along with the usual components of salad and cheese. And before I... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at manningroad
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My sister has just had her first exhibition. It has been an enormous success. She shared a great space in a pop up gallery in the CBD. She is a talented photographer and exhibited wonderful photos taken over the last year on two trips to various parts of India. She made many sales and all proceeds will go back to India, to an orphanage in Calcutta that rescues street children . I have her to thank as if it was not for her I would not have a blog and I would not have a clue how to use a... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at manningroad
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Yes, I am a mother but I don't subscribe to Mother's Day. As my mother always said to me, everyday should be Mother's Day. Also today was shared with my oldest child who turned 29, a fact I need to move on from pretty quickly here !!!! I was given a lovely card though and there are three words on the front that for me say it all . So from me to them, every day not just today - Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at manningroad
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This evening I had the honor of wearing a pink plastic poncho and standing with my youngest daughter amongst 15,000 other pink plastic poncho wearers. Together we formed the Pink Lady , the symbol of the Breast Cancer Network of Australia, on the hallowed turf of the MCG . Ariel shots were taken by a helicopter flying overhead. I was proud to stand amongst current survivors and sufferers of breast cancer as we stood for a minute of silence also remembering those who have sadly succumbed. As the evening closed in and the moon came up we shone torches skyward,... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at manningroad
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This bag weighs 10 kgs and this morning at gym, my trainer had us all running laps with this horror bag across our shoulders. There seems to be no end to what forms of torture these personal trainers can dream up. What's more I and multiple others pay for the privilege !! Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at manningroad
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Indian takeaway was on the menu last night !! I prefer to cook from scratch but takeaway food on occasion is certainly greatly enjoyed by this family. We try to adhere to the mantra of all things in moderation so do not do this too often, both for budgetry and dietary reasons. We have a plethora of Indian restaurants in our suburb, all with different specialities. I always order Momo, a Nepalese dish with meat or vegetarian dumplings swimming in a broth full of diced vegatables. Also I am a total addict when it comes to warm, puffy Indian naan... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2014 at manningroad