July 2017

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I had my pal David over for lunch the other day and he said I should put it up on my blog. I mean, I can’t really say that assembling is home cooking: toast, ricotta, avocado and a sprinkling of fried onions (that you can buy in Asian groceries; I use these on everything).

The classic French carrot salad did turn out pretty well, with the addition of some currants and a bit of kale. There are lots of recipes online for this; this one from Once upon a Chef looks pretty good.

In the meantime, I can extol the virtues of ricotta. This was not something I grew up with (though I did eat a lot of cottage cheese


So, I spent May in New York City, and Mom came and visited so I could show her around NYC. She was obsessed with trying a New York City bagel to see if it was much different than Montreal bagels (she’s from Vancouver).

In the end, we decided that they were fine in NYC, but not special, and not as dense and chewy as some of the Montreal varieties. Still, I like me a bagel. It kind of reminds me of childhood, as my parents would bring home a bag of them from a bakery or even the supermarket as a treat.

It seems strange to me that in Australia they’re a bit rare, and rare enough that Brooklyn Boy Bagels seems to be one of the few places that specialise in bagels. I stumbled across this


So, a lunch with some folks on our building’s body corporate; this is one of the favourite restaurants of one of them. At lunch, in the city, it has the feel of a business lunch; you’d want to have a bit of time here, rather than catch a quick bite, and it has a formal feel about it.

Two of us had a salad with chicken, and two of us (including me) had a salad with haloumi. As you can see at the top of the post, it’s a pretty dish, with quinoa and radish, beets, pumpkin seeds and some greens. It was lacking something though; the dressing was really light and something to tie all this together was missing for me (and I tried putting more salt on it too). The haloumi was perfectly grilled and tasty, but


When Paul suggested that we try this restaurant, I looked at my list of restaurants to try, and saw that it was on the list… for the last three years. Hmm, I can be a bit tardy. Also, lucky for me that he and Johny invited along two more friends since with Asian food, the more the merrier.

I would rate the taste of these dishes as between ‘great’ and ‘effing fantastic’. OK, it’s a humble little place with quirky decor, and the service, though sincere, seemed a bit confused. And all the food came out at once, quickly, and with the entrees coming somewhere in the middle.


So, the problem, dear readers was this. I like to serve tea to my reiki clients. Most new clients come about twenty minutes before their appointment, but not always. So, while there is an issue of making the tea in time for them to arrive and then keeping it warm (and hoping they want tea; most do), it’s also nice after the treatment to have a sip of tea.

During the summer, it’s not a bad thing to have a cool or room temperature sip of tea after the treatment, but during the Sydney winter, when it’s chilly, I’d rather have it be a bit warm.

I briefly had the idea of getting a contemporary tea cozy, though there seems to only be ONE place in the world that makes non-crocheted, modern

I'm going to be making all my new posts at my Wordpress website in future.  You don't need to have a Wordpress account to visit me there, and you can follow my posts there, or you can join my email list/group, or you can follow my Twitter or Tumblr feeds.

Because of problems with Blogger, all new Majorca Flats episodes are being posted here:

When you try and access this blog, you'll get this warning, below.  I set "Adult Content" to "yes" because I didn't want prudes to be offended by the fact that I describe sex scenes and sexual love in Majorca Flats.  

But recently, Blogger must have changed their coding. After ten or so clicks (over a few days) on "I UNDERSTAND AND I WISH TO CONTINUE" it goes into a perpetual loop, with this warning page coming up again and again, making it impossible to access the blog.  The only way to get past this loop is to clear the cache on the computer.  For me, that's no problem ...
I scrambled through my drawers for warm clothing. I found a jumper, a very pilled beanie but could not find my slightly more stylish beret, and an unworn scarf that I bought in a department store in Wursburg, Germany in 2014 and still with the label. I paid €10 for the scarf! It is quite nice. I remember combining a little bit of gay with a lot of smiling friendliness to the obvious gay male staff member behind the counter. I failed to move his grumpy countenance. R had bought a couple of polo shirts and had some unkind words to say about said staff member. I replied, it is the German way of service. It is not personally directed at you.

Saying danke went a long way if someone held a door for you or similar, although R got caught out when after saying danke at some point, and was then spoken to in German.

Well, two paragraphs and you don't even know this is about Little Jo's 10th birthday. I needed cold weather gear as we were going to ...
waterside woodferry feet