I adore people who can cook better than me. One time I would have been jealous, now I love the fact that they can teach me even more and surprisingly sometimes I actually teach them!
One of my favorite cooks is my friend Jacquie or Everyday Cook as she is known in Social Media circles. She is one of a kind. She can cook and she can bake. And bake she does!
I have made quite a few things from her blog over time, and last night I attempted her Slow Roasted Moroccan Lamb.
Now Jacquie is not your ordinary women, she has lived in Paris! And while there she enjoyed many a Moroccan meal. Who knew France was more about bread, cheese and croissants?
So, back on task, my friend Bec and I both tried this new recipe last night and we have both put it on the MUST MAKE AGAIN list. We also both cooked ours in our oval Aldi knock off Le Creuset with lid on. PERFECT!
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Heat oil in a large fry pan and brown the leg of lamb, turning over.
Remove the lamb and add sliced onions and garlic. Cook until soft and brown. Add cumin, chilli, saffron, ginger cinnamon, preserved lemon and honey and stir. Then add the wine and stock and cook for a few minutes. Add half the coriander chopped. (If you want to take an easier way you can buy Herbies Tagine Spices and they do a great job)
Place the lamb in an oven proof dish, if you have one with a lid great, if you don’t you can cover with foil. Pour the sauce over the lamb, cover and place in an oven for 3 1/2 to 4 hours at 165 degrees. Check every hour and turn the lamb over and baste. When ready, the meat should be falling off the bones and be very tender. Sprinkle the rest of the coriander over the lamb before serving.
You can serve the Moroccan Lamb with cous cous and a salad, or I baked sweet potato and sprinkled it with toasted pine nuts and coriander.
Go to Everday Cook’s blog HERE to follow the steps.
3. Enjoy a most delicious slow cooked meal!
After seven months in France, we took a break from r-gargling and brie bingeing and visited Italy as part of our very brave eight-weeks-on-the-road-with-three-young-kids summer road trip. Michael and I have been there done that in Rome, Venice and Florence, so we picked a small country village in the hills of Tuscany and a quaint terrace house in Nesso, Lake Como as our Italian destinations of choice. For six nights in Tuscany, we stayed in an old stone relic of a house with those classic terracotta tiles you wish you could afford in a new home. They would never look as good as they do in a house that has been lived in for hundreds of years … it’s the scratches, divots and dents and the smooth, worn down steps that give it such character. I had a quick look on the other side of the ancient door that led…
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So I was finally in Italy, a place I had tried to imagine in my dreams for many years. No matter how many photos I saw or the endless surfing on the internet looking at where my family were from prepared me for the reality of the real thing.
Fresh off the train my cousin took me into the town of Arezzo. I was instantly amazed. This place is old I thought. My mind started wandering trying to soak in the history. In Australia we think 200 odd years of white Australia is old and all of a sudden I am looking at places that are several hundred years old.
In May 2013 I obtained a passport.
Some quick tips from my recent long haul trip to Europe. Add them to your repertoire if you haven’t already.
Up, Up and away!
Your carry-on kit contains the only belongings you will see for many hours if you’re travelling long haul so it is important to have everything you need.
I have labeled each person’s passport with their name on the front. This makes identifying your passport through customs super easy and much less fumbling.
If travelling with a child, pack a turkish towel too. They roll up and are compact. They will service everything from water slippages all over your seat or clean blanket or pillow.
Inside your carry-on kit, along with all the usual suspects, should be a leisure suit for each of the travellers to change into for the long haul flight, or a spare t-shirt if you are just flying short haul. Change out into your comfortable clothes after take off and back into your nice outfit before landing. This will ensure you are feeling the best you can as you walk off the plane in your new destination.
This post was written as part of a Virgin Australia Problogger Travel Competition. Learn more here.
To truly experience a place is to pretend that you live there. Sure, you can visit all the tourist spots and follow all of the tips in the travel guide but to see how a place really functions is to live like a local.
You can get more out of travelling than you ever have before. You can leave a place with more friends and know that when you come back (even years later) they will remember you.
Here are my tips for experiencing the world like a local.