We had a great time working in Canada, it does appear that we left in the nick of time weather wise, it dropped about 10degrees and was raining on the day we flew out to Dubai.
Now Dubai on the other hand was every bit as hot and humid that we were expecting (and that was just at 10pm when we arrived!!) swear to god in the full afternoon sun it felt like walking around in a sauna, we didn’t just sweat we dripped!!! Then going into the shopping malls we had goosebumps as it was so air-conditioned nothing in between!!
From Dubai we made it to Egypt where we went on an 8day Gap tour. This for our first organized tour was great, we had a very very busy schedule and a very chatty energetic tour guide who at 4am in the morning when we were leaving to go visit a temple still managed to say ‘lets dance’ in hopes of getting us energized!
you are up in the air it looks a long way down!, the other ones were just youngins, about 5-7 years old as opposed to the pyramids 15 year olds. We also had a fairly long ride on the donkeys to get to the valley of the kings (about 1 1/2 hours a bit sore after that one!
We also tried to do a bit of shopping in the markets, now in most situations and places shopping is super easy for most people yeah?!! Well in Egypt and to a certain extent Dubai as well you can’t even glance at something whilst walking by without someone trying to offer you a ‘special price for you my friend’ and of course there are no prices on anything so you can’t even scope anything out without them trying to suck you in! apparently there are different pricing strategies depending from where you are from so they all want to know what country you are from and then will say random stuff, ‘aussie aussie aussie’, ‘captain cook’, didgeridoo etc etc crazy stuff, you really just have to look straight ahead and ignore them all if you don’t want anything if not you get to do some bargaining !
After our busy tour we were due for some relax time
We are now in santorini we caught a ferry over here and it makes you realize just how many islands there are. There really isn’t much the same with Mykonos and santorini apart from the white buildings and the yummy gyros it’s so different.
L and J
3 large eggs
90 ml cream
3 tsp grated onion
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
salt and pepper
1 pack frozen pastry or 1 pack gyoza/ wontan wrappers
1 cup grated cheese
2/3 cup diced ham
1 bunch chives to garnish
1. preheat oven to 210 degrees.
2. grease muffin pans
3. beat eggs, cream, onion, nutmeg, salt and pepper together.
4. cut pastry to fit muffin tin.
5. line each muffin hole with pastry.
6. place some cheese and ham in each hole.
7. spoon about 1 Tb of egg mix in each hole.
8. garnish with chives.
9. bake for about 20-22 minutes or until pastry is golden and puffed.
10. cool, eat.
salmon and chives
ham and corn
tomato and onion
1 loaf crusty bread
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 chicken fillet
1 bunch baby spinach
1 clove garlic
1 bunch basil
2 Tb olive oil
2 Tb parmesan cheese
1 litre milk
60 ml vinegar
1. blacken red and yellow peppers, place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
2. flatten chicken fillet and cook. Cool.
3. remove blackened skin from peppers, deseed and slice.
4. cut bread in half horizontally.
5. cut out some of the centre of the bread.
6. spread bottom half with cottage cheese.
7. layer with spinach, pepper slices, chicken and finally pesto on top slice of bread.
8. put lid on sandwich, wrap in plastic wrap and place heavy object on top for 2+ hours.
9. remove weight, unwrap, slice and serve.
1. pour milk into saucepan.
2. heat until 90 degrees. (when small bubbles appear on surface).
3. turn off heat.
4. add vinegar and mix well.
6. strain through paper towels.
7. add salt to taste and refrigerate until use.
1. peel garlic.
2. wash and dry basil.
3. place oil, basil and garlic in mixer and blend until smooth.
4. add cheee and mix well.
5. refrigerate until use.