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Semolina Ma’amoul : stuffed cookies with dates and nuts

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Love this highly detailed instruction from “Chef In Disguise” about making maamoul – a classic middle-eastern cake, usually filled with dates.

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Semolina maamoul cookies and moulds

As we near the end of Ramadan, the buzz of Eid fills the air. Markets are full of people buying new cloths, decorations and sweets. Mosques are full of worshipers trying to make the best out of the precious final days of the month.  The effects of the long days of fasting and nights of worship are evident on everyone you meet, yet people are smiling. Asking you cheerfully about your preparations for Eid. Did you finish your shopping? did you start on the maamoul? Where will you go for the Eid prayer? Do you think Eid will be Friday or Thursday?

Kids are hyper excited, checking out their new cloths, sneaking into the kitchen to snatch some maamoul when mum isn’t looking, making long lists of places to go and things to do in Eid.

Chef in disguise :walnut maamoul

In many homes, it isn’t Eid if the house is not full of the…

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$50/week grocery challenge – Asian greens

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Loved this blog post from Serina Huang at the “Ms Frugal Ears” blog. It’s inspired me to try and eat more home-cooked fresh food and also try out Oriental Groceries in Belconnen – which I’ve walked past too many times and not entered! She advises “The best time to visit Oriental Groceries is on Tuesday and Fridays because that is when the van arrives from Sydney laden with fresh produce from the markets.”

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Another two weeks of my $50 challenge gone, and another two weeks of managing it well.  The week before last I only spent $44.70, and last week I spent $32.50.

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How are you celebrating International Pie Day? (14 March… 3.14 😉)

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I love a good pie. As explained in this story about Pie Day in Fyshwick and their clever International Pie Day offer. For one day only they will sell 314 of their locally-sourced (and sauces) pies and sausage rolls at half price.

Read the whole story here at the RiotACT.

10 Top Canberra Summer Dinners Out for around $15 incl corkage!!

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Some great options for affordable food around Canberra – curated NYC Michele Walton from FineEating.com!

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The summer months in Canberra are perfect for making the most of the great inexpensive outdoor eateries.

Here’s the best of the best for dinners for about $15 and under inclucing the BYO corkage.

Claypot Chef(BYO no corkage)

img_9573Taste of Bangladesh(BYO no corkage)

img_3234img_0005Brodburger(BYO $2.50 per person)

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IMG_1207IMG_1197Mandalay Bus(BYO no corkage)

Pizza Gusto(BYO no corkage)

IMG_9288IMG_9290Broddogs ($7-11) & Frugii Dessert Factory($7)(BYO no corkage)

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IMG_0050IMG_0032Global Ethiopian Cafe (BYO no corkage)

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Pierogi special Wednesdaysat the White Eagle Club

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Yogi’s Kitchen – warm hospitality and a great thali in Barton

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Michele from FineEating writes on one of the new affordable eateries that have opened recently in Barton! Can’t wait to try it out.

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Yogi’s Kitchen opened up in Barton in July and clearly it’s a popular spot for nearby workers on a weekday.

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It was hard to pick from the range of great lunch options – but really, it’s a no brainer the $15 Lunch Thali is the best!

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With a choice of two curries, it came with rice, naan, pickle, raita, pappadom and a gulab jaman – perfect on a wet rainy day.

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But the real stand out for me was the service. Nothing was too much trouble. There were no free tables, but I still felt welcomed and like a special guest as I waited.

As tables became free, the best one was worked out for us. The best thali combo was offered with the flexibility to add in a (more expensive) cheese and garlic naan, and then finally…

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Charnie’s Chinese, Charnwood, an expert in a classic style!

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If you’re ever in the West Belconnen suburb of Charnwood and searching for an affordable and delicious Chinese meal – Charnies Noodle and Dumpling House is a local favourite. Michele from the FineEating blog sampled some of the dishes below…

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Finding myself in Canberra’s far north for work last week, I consulted the Canberra Food Bloggers for any nearby ‘do not miss’ spots for lunch.

Unanimously they agreed that I must not miss this opportunity to experience Charnie’s Chinese, a favourite!

And indeed Charnie’s is a specialist in that heritage classic Aussie Chinese takeaway style.

Large serves of deliciousness are very affordable, rice is cheap at $2 per person and you can take along your bottle of wine  at no charge if you want to eat in.


All this service comes with the friendliness and welcome of Sophia and her team who love to see their customers happy.


A steady stream of regulars is a testimony to its popularity with locals.

A very kind man allowed my to photograph one of this favourites chicken fritters with plum sauce $13.80


Sophia apologised for the extra $2 price rise on lamb dishes…

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