Archive for August, 2010

SHALLOW (One Shot Wednesday)

Posted in Dreams, Emotions, Family, Fiction, Friends, Life, Musings, People, Personal, Random, Reflections on August 31, 2010 by Mandy



Dwindled  love

stormy seas

maze of lies

in wasted fields

fragments of me

are breaking off

mortal silence

in every breath

human beings

shadows of shame

forever lost

in utter darkness

of shallow seekers

for happiness


©AvdL 2010


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Posted in Uncategorized on August 31, 2010 by Mandy

There is nothing better than making your own Banana Bread, the smell fills every corner of the house and it is the easiest thing to make.  I use Macadamia nuts (or you can use walnuts) which compliments this recipe even more.  ENJOY!!


2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar (I use organic cane sugar)

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

5 very ripe bananas – mashed well

1 stick unsalted butter – melted and cooled

2 large eggs

1/2 cup whole organic yogurt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cups macadamia nuts, (or you can use walnuts) toasted and chopped

Confectioner’s sugar – light dusting before serving.

  1. Adjust the oven rack to the lower middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease with butter an 8.5 by 4.5 inch loaf pan
  3. Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together in a large bowl.

4.  In a mixer using the wire attachment whip 2 mashed bananas, melted butter, eggs, yogurt and vanilla.  Mix well.. you want a fluffy and creamy banana mixture.

5.  In a separate small bowl, mash the remaining 3 bananas so they still have some chunky texture.  Then blend together with banana mixture in blender.Slowly fold the whole banana mixture in with the flour until it is combined.. but don’t over mix.  Fold in the macadamia nuts.

6.  Using a rubber spatula, pour the batter into the buttered loaf pan and smooth the edges and top.

7.  Bake until golden brown – approximately 55 minutes.  Rotate every 15 minutes to ensure all sides are baked evenly.  When you do this be delicate so you don’t upset the rising bread

8.  Remove and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes.  Then place on rack and cool with a cloth towel over the bread for another 30 minutes before serving.

9.  To serve, cut into slices and lightly dust with confectioner’s sugar – serve!


Posted in Daily Life, Family, Friends, People, Personal, Random, Reflections on August 30, 2010 by Mandy

I got this from Cindy –   http://theonlycindy and did this last’s Monday morning here and I don’t drink during the day!!  Just saying 🙂 🙂


1. What was the highlight of your week?
Sending a parcel off the South Africa to someone very special and having lunch with my girlfriends on Wednesday after art class.

2. Whose car were you in last?
My own.

3. When is the next time you will kiss someone?
I kiss my friends often.

4. What color shirt are you wearing?

5. How long is your hair?
Very short.

6. Are you good-looking?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

7. Last movie you watched?
Hawaii – Charlton Heston

8. Who were you with?

9. Last thing you ate?

10. Last thing you drank?

11. When was the last time you had your heart-broken?
…it breaks a little every day 🙂 🙂

12. Who came over last?
My friend Karen.

13. Are you happy right now?

Yes I am. 

14. What did you say last?
Want to go to the park little one? (talking to my dog Coco)

15. Where is your phone?
On the charger.

16. What color are your eyes?
Blue Green

17. Are you left-handed?

18. Spell your name without vowels:
mnd vdlnd

19. Do you have any pets?
I have a dog called Coco.

20. Favourite Vacation?
Africa… the bush.

21. What do you dislike currently?

22. What are you listening to?
The buzz of my laptop.

23. If you could have one thing right now what would it be?
A hug.

24. What is your favorite scent?
 African bush

25. Who makes you happiest?
My family, friends and my dog.

26. What were you doing at midnight last night?
Sleeping in my warm bed.

27. When is your birthday?
27th of March.

28. Who has the same phone as you?
I would not have a clue.

29. Last time you went swimming in a pool?
Towards end of May this year

30. Do you read your horoscope?

31. Where was the last place you bought something?

32. How do you feel about your hair right now?

33. Do you bite your nails?

34. Do you have any expensive jewelery?

36. MySpace or Facebook?

37. How fast have you driven a car?
I don’t drive fast at all, if I do here, I’ll lose points on my licence 😦

38. Have you ever smoked?

39. What was or is your favorite subject in school?

History and Art

40. Do you have Verizon?
No??? (what is it?)

41. What type of boy or girl do you usually fall for?
Someone with a sense of humour and knowing who they are.

42. Do you have any hidden talents?
No, what you see is what you get…

43. Favourite Song?
Too many to choose from.

44. Do you like to sing at all?
Yes, all the time… in the shower.

45. Dream Job?
Travelling the world.

46. Where does most of your family live?
South Africa.

47. Are you an only child or do you have siblings?
Only Child.

48. Would you consider yourself to be spoiled?

49. What was the first thing you thought when you woke up?
Coffee  Coffee and more Coffee

50. Do you drink?
Oh hell yeah! 🙂

51. Know any other languages?

52. Ever write a coded message?
Yes, in school I did!

53. Have you ever been IN a wedding?
More than a number of times yes.

54. Do you have any children?
Yes I do have 2 adult children.

55. Did you take a nap today?
No, I never, ever sleep during the day…what will I do tonight?

56. Who has the same birthday as you?
Louis XVII Charles, king of France…got no idea…had to look that up.

57. Ever met anyone famous before?
Yes I have.

58. Do you want to be famous one day?
I am famous enough in my own eyes 🙂

59. Any Pet Peeves?

60. Are you multitasking right now?
Yep…having a Merlot and typing here.

61. Last supper.


62. What is your least favourite chore?
Ironing 😦 😦

63. Last place you drove your car?

The supermarket.

64. Ever been out of the country?
Yes I sure have.

65. Where were you born?
Cape Town, South Africa.

66. Could you handle being in the military?
No, but I’d love to make them awesome food.

67. What is your average mobile phone bill?
$250-$500 ..I import from China!

68. Who are you thinking about right now?
No-one …thinking what to answer here.

69. When was the last time you laughed REALLY hard?
A few minutes ago, when I spoke to a good friend on the phone.

70. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
We will NOT go there….(hiding my head)

71. Are your toes always painted?

72. How many piercings do you have?
Just 2…one in both ears.

73. What are you doing today?
Pottering around my house, cooking and having a spa later.

74. Have you ever been gambling?
Yes, but don’t like it.

75. When is the last time you updated your page?
This morning





Posted in Emotions, Fiction, Friends, Life, Musings, People, Personal, POETRY, Random, Reflections on August 29, 2010 by Mandy


Entangled heart

scattered thoughts

cluster of ruminate

I hear your voice

cold and dissociate

twilight days

twilight nights

ice tears on my cheek

my broken heart


notre amour était une fois

 c’est fini pour toujours


©AvdL 2010




Posted in Dreams, Family, Friends, Life, Musings, Personal, POETRY, Random, Reflections on August 28, 2010 by Mandy




My brush is a bird

that paints in red

loquacious and free

stroke by stroke

colour comes out

captivating me

 the dancing rain

 on my fingertips

flick of my wrist

of secrets born




©AmandavdL 2010



Posted in Friends, Musings, Personal, Random, Recipe, Uncategorized on August 28, 2010 by Mandy


My dear girlfriend  (Yvette)  a wonderful, inspiring cook that now lives in Italy, always comes up with the most amazing recipes.  She puts things together like a magician and I invite you to go and visit her here: –  You will ALWAYS find something interesting, for any occasion.


2 bunches silverbeet, leaves removed
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 brown onions, halved, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed
4 eggs
300g fresh ricotta
200g feta, crumbled
¼ cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh grain breadcrumbs
11/2 tablespoons sesame seeds


Parmesan pastry
75g parmesan cheese
1 3/4 cups plain flour
125g chilled butter, chopped
1 egg
1-2 tablespoons iced water


1. For the parmesan pastry, Using the fine grater blade, grate the parmesan in the processor. Replace the grater blade with the processor blade. Add flour and butter to the bowl with the cheese. Process until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg and 1 tablespoon water and process until the dough just starts to come together, adding remaining water if necessary.

2. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly until smooth. Cut in half and shape into a disc. Wrap in greaseproof paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

3. Wash, dry and shred the silverbeet leaves. Preheat oven and large flat baking tray to 180°C.

4. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion softens. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside until wilted. Transfer to a large bowl. Add eggs to the warm silverbeet mixture. Add ricotta, feta and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Roll 1 piece dough out to 30cmx25cm rectangle. Sprinkle over 11/2 tablespoons breadcrumbs. Spoon half the spinach mixture along the long edge closest to you. Roll up tightly. Repeat with remaining pastry, breadcrumbs and filling. Brush the tops with water and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

6. Place the rolls onto a sheet of baking paper and slide onto the hot tray. Bake 40-45 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Stand 5 minutes before slicing.



Posted in Daily Life, Dreams, Family, Friends, Life, Musings, Personal, POETRY, Random on August 27, 2010 by Mandy


African rhythm

beat of my heart

 I once was part

of her starlit night

the crescent moon

shining so bright

foreign language

whispering softly

my naked desires

in blazing fires

forever merging

on fertile ground

in true tradition

distant voices

  lustrous glint

 infinite love


part of me


©AmandavdL 2010

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