Archive for September, 2010

Friends (One Shot Wednesday)

Posted in Daily Life, Emotions, Friends, Musings, Personal, POETRY, Random, Reflections on September 21, 2010 by Mandy



Ripples of my musings

survey of my soul

as ripples fade away

slowly breaking the ice

I hear the music play

together we compose

harmonies of our souls

capturing the moment

of spirit, hope and words

sharing common ground

thus, less pain and hurt

more joy and happiness

in visions of my reflection

I see you



©AvdL 2010

 Submitted for

One Shot Wednesday at One Stop Poetry

I have not been around visiting and commenting on a daily basis like I normally do and wrote the above to let you know that you’re in my heart and thoughts…my daily life has been quite busy these last couple of days but I will be back to normal in no time. I am however, together with Kavita, doing  Mondaypotluck at Jinglepoetry and will visit as many as possible at One Shot Wednesday .  I love you all….big hugs always!! oxox

Bedazzled – for Poetry Potluck

Posted in Musings, POETRY, Random, Reflections on September 20, 2010 by Mandy



The yellow crescent moon

brimming with quiet tears

planted in her own orbit

bound on a balcony of cloud


Her crown of gold

in  glory so bright

spans over the horizon

and shines  in her delight


Total unforgotten glory

singing during the night

a galaxy of silver flame

like diamonds in the night


©AvdL 2010

Please come and join in the fun: –mondaypotluck at  jinglepoetry



Aussie Beef Burgers – Weekend bliss!!

Posted in Cooking, Family, Friends, Random, Recipe on September 20, 2010 by Mandy


500g beef mince
1 onion, finely diced
2 tbsp tomato sauce
1 tbsp BBQ sauce
1 tsp Oregano Leaves
2 carrots, grated
2 tsp Thyme Leaves
2 eggs
½ cup breadcrumbs


1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.

2. Divide mixture into 12 portions and roll into patties.

3. BBQ burgers on a medium heat for 7-8 minutes on both sides and serve on toasted buns with sliced tomato, beetroot and rocket.


Posted in Emotions, Life, Musings, Personal, POETRY, Random, Reflections on September 19, 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




©AvdL 2010











Posted in Family, Friends, Life, People, Personal, Random on September 18, 2010 by Mandy

When it’s really been a good weekend with true friends that ULTIMATELY matter in your life….and you have writer’s block.:-

Never forget the days I spent with you. Continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours.” —Ludwig Van Beethoven!!





Posted in Dreams, Emotions, Life, Musings, POETRY, Random, Reflections on September 17, 2010 by Mandy




I went down to our lake tonight

  to sit and think of you and us

 I put my bare feet in the cool water

 and watched the sun sink

 into the firey red horizon

 beneath the deep azure sky

I thought, what a lucky woman I am

 to have a man like you to love me

 Your beauty strikes me

 and fills me with desire to know you



Siciliamo (veal) with Crumbed Eggplant and Tomato Sauce

Posted in Cooking, Family, Friends, Musings, People, Random, Recipe on September 17, 2010 by Mandy

The weekend is upon us, this is an easy recipe for that late afternoon get together with your friends, one I intend making again this weekend (Sunday) Just a great day of doing nothing too much, except being treated to good food and lazing around!  It is an impressive meal, the name wants you to run out the back door but,  believe me when I say it truly is very special and so tasty.  You should give it a try…your family and friends will love you!!!!


Tomato Sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
400g can diced tomatoes
2 teaspoons caster sugar


150g slice veal topside
1 cup fresh sourdough breadcrumbs
¼ cup finely chopped parsley
1 clove garlic, crushed
¼ cup romano parmesan , grated
30g romano parmesan, thinly sliced
25g mild vecchiet salami, thinly sliced
1 egg, hard boiled and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons virgin olive oil

Crumbed Eggplant

1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
¼ cup finely chopped parsley
1 cup plain flour
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 medium sized eggplant, cut into thin slices and halved
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


1. Pre-heat oven to 200°C.

2. For tomato sauce, heat oil in medium saucepan over high heat. Add garlic, tomatoes and sugar and bring to the boil. Season with salt. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 8 – 10 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.

3. Pound both sides of veal with a meat mallet until thin. Combine breadcrumbs, parsley, garlic and parmesan in a medium bowl and sprinkle over one side of veal.

4. Arrange cheese slices, salami and egg along the length of veal, leaving 2cm at each end. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Gently roll veal lengthways and using kitchen string, tie a knot at one end of the meat roll. Wrap the string along the meat roll lengthways tying knots all the way down the roll trying a final knot at the other end.

6. Heat oil a large frying pan over a high heat and cook for 2 – 3 minutes on all sides or until browned. Remove from pan and place onto a baking paper-lined baking tray. Bake for 15 minutes or until cooked through. Remove string and cut into 2-3cm slices.

7. For crumbed eggplant, combine breadcrumbs, cheese and parsley in a shallow dish. Place flour onto a plate and combine egg and garlic in a shallow dish. Dip eggplant, 1 slice at a time, into flour. Shake off excess. Dip into egg wash then coat with breadcrumb mixture, pressing crumbs firmly with your fingertips.

8. Heat oil in a large frying pan over a high heat and add eggplant in batches. Fry each slice for 1 – 2 minutes on each side or until crispy and golden, repeat with remaining eggplant slices. Remove from pan and place onto a plate lined with paper towel to drain.

9. To serve, arrange Siciliamo on top of tomato sauce with eggplant to the side.


Posted in Emotions, Life, Musings, Personal, POETRY, Random, Reflections on September 16, 2010 by Mandy





exposing a bleeding heart

becoming undone


Life has a rhythm

lies within the rules of hope

no-one understands


Uncover the darkness

 so angelic and sanguine

blazing fire within 


©AvdL 2010 

I am honored to accept the Perfect Poet award from JINGLE for week  28

and nominate  Emmanuel at lordemmanuel

Thanks Ji, for all you do in the community, without you we cannot be here and want you to know that I really appreciate all you do.

I also want to thank each and every one of you who has honored me with an award.

I have been very busy lately and have not posted all of them but know that I truly

appreciate all the warmth and love received from you. Your support and

love means more than words can say. Thank you to every one of you.

Drumsticks with Parsley and Lemon….and more!!

Posted in Cooking, Family, Friends, People, Random, Recipe on September 16, 2010 by Mandy

A middle of the week dish…does not take long to prepare at all… approximately 10 minutes to get everything ready and 20 minutes later, you’ll have this juicy chicken drumsticks ready….I serve it on a bed of couscous to soak up those lovely juices but you can use mashed potatoes or whatever your preference.  The lemon juice makes this really succulent and gives it a different flavour. This is another one of the Masterchef recipe’s that I’m totally obsessed with.  Most probably the best investment I made in buying their latest cookbook…I am yet to come across a recipe that failed!!  Big Kudo’s to them I say!!!!


1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 bunch flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
Finely grated rind and juice of 1 large lemon
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 
8 chicken drumsticks (from deli)
2 truss tomatoes, diced
1 Sheppard avocado, diced
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper


1. In a medium bowl combine the garlic, parsley, lemon rind, 3/4 juice of 1 lemon and olive oil. (Alternatively, the marinade can
be made by pulsing ingredients together in a food processor until just combined). Score the drumsticks by making 2 slits about 2 cm
apart on both sides of the drumstick with a sharp knife. Place the drumsticks in a large bowl and pour half of the parsley mixture over
the chicken, reserve other half of marinade. Mix well then cover and refrigerate for 10 mins.

2. Preheat a barbecue grill to medium high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and cook the drumsticks on the hot grill for
15-20 mins or until the chicken is cooked through to the bone, or to an internal temperature of 75°C.

3. In a large bowl combine the tomatoes, avocado, 1/4 juice of lemon and olive oil, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Spoon the tomato and avocado salad onto the centre of 4 serving plates and place 2 chicken drumsticks next to the salad on each plate. Drizzle the reserved parsley sauce over and around the chicken and serve.




1 x 85g packet  Original Raspberry Jelly

500g Marie biscuits, finely crushed

1 x 400g can sweetened condensed milk

3 cups desiccated coconut

1 tbsp cocoa powder


1.  Prepare the  Original Raspberry Jelly according to pack instructions and allow to cool, but do not set.
2.  Place the crushed Marie biscuits into a large mixing bowl and mix in the condensed milk, cooled Aeroplane Original Raspberry Jelly liquid, 1/2 cup of coconut and cocoa powder.
3.  Once combined, roll mixture into golf sized balls and then coat into the remaining coconut. Place rum balls into the fridge and set for 4 hours and serve.


Posted in Dreams, Emotions, Musings, Random, Reflections on September 15, 2010 by Mandy




They call her

the Queen

 of Drama

 the world’s

 her stage

 another day

 another tale

 no apathy here

maybe a tear

  or gleeful delight

late at night

forever a leap

 into another dance

soaring the sky

 on waters of life…

 share my life

be my Romeo






©AvdL 2010


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