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Week 3 Meal Planning: the Heat Wave + Angelina Ballerina + Lego Show version

This past week Melbourne has suffered through a heat wave with temps over 40C. I think some horrible-hot-weather records were broken, like hottest consecutive days in over one hundred years or something. Stinky stinky stinking hot. To give you an idea, the temperature here in Melbourne reached 44C twice. That’s 111.2F. I really dislike hot weather. Give me autumn-winter any day! I was sooo happy when this heat wave ended, as you can probably imagine! It’s nice and cool as we speak, with a decent temp of 24C (75.2F) today.

Because it was so hot, I chose meals that wouldn’t involve the oven. However because it was so hot, I fell in to full on Can’t Be Bothered Because It’s Too Hot mode.

– I made the Thai Style Yellow Curry from Veganissimo! for myself. This made about four or five meal size serves for me, with rice:

Thai style yellow curry from Veganissimo!

– 43 degress, urgh. Arthur and DeeW asked for rye toast for breakfast. I had a smoothie with frozen banana, almonds, pumpkin seeds, hemp protein and lucuma:

Banana lucuma smoothie

– one of my favourite smoothies is quite simple: frozen banana, almonds, cinnamon, soy milk, hemp protein:

Almond banana hemp smoothie

– another favourite smoothie has frozen banana, raw cacao, soy milk and tahini. I loooove chocolate and tahini:

Chocolate Tahini Smoothie

– I love chocolate with tahini so much that I mix with with raw cacao powder and maple syrup to make a spread:

chocolate tahini spread

– I made the Ancho Lentil meat from Isa Does It, though I used chipotle powder instead of ancho as I didn’t have ancho. I had this in a burrito with lettuce, corn and home made guacamole. I had quite a few of these during the week:

Burrito with lentil 'meat' from Isa Does It

– I made some strawberry and banana soft serve in my blender. Not the Yonanas, because when I’d frozen my strawberries I had forgotten to take the leaves off and I think you have to have all the stem and leaves off if you use the Yonanas:

strawberry banana softserve

– I used the leftovers to make these icy poles (popsicles, in other parts of the world):

strawberry banana softserve icy poles

– I made the Ranch Salad with Potatoes and Chickpeas from Isa Does It.  More yummmz and I used kale for my leafy greens (which is not in the recipe):

Ranch Salad from Isa Does It

– I consider myself lucky to have found firm, cheap mangoes.  They’re usually so expensive:

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Some time ago, I purchased tickets for DeeW and I to see the Angelina Ballerina stage musical.  Or as they say, Mousical.  Har har. Of all days, the temp was 44C.  I had booked tickets for the 10:30am show and Husband kindly offered to drive us in, hang around the city with Arthur for an hour (eating) and then picking us up right outside the Gallery and driving home.  It was such a relief not to have to catch public transport there and back in the heat. I loved this little plaque on the seat in front of me:

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The curtain:
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DeeW loved the performance.  Me?  Welllll the dancing bits were all out of unison, legs not being extended properly, the lifts not executed cleanly.  Does that make me sound like I know what I’m talking about?  It’s what they used to say on season one of So You Think You Can Dance Australia.  I’d like to say one of the dancers committed the greatest sin of touching the floor DURING AN ARABESQUE.  But there were no arabesques that I recall.  Still, the kids loved it all though I never understand why there has to be parts where the main character is really upset and crying.  Because around me, DeeW and other kids were really upset.  And some may argue kids have to learn blah blah blah lessons in life blah blah.  But ya know, they’re going to learn those lessons from family and life.  Not really from their favourite character, in a live show with all those distractions, having a meltdown (by the way, I really can’t stand the tv show.  But DeeW loves ballet):

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Currently in Melbourne we have the Play Me I’m Yours ‘exhibition’ going on.  Twenty four pianos are on the street around the city and you can go and play them:

Play Me I'm Yours at National Gallery

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On Saturday, we went to the Brickvention Lego show.  I blogged about last year’s visit.  The amount of work people put in to their creations is staggering. There were a few people in costume walking around:

Lego Brickvention Melbourne Exhibition Building 2014

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I loved this.  It’s referencing the 007 exhibition on at the Museum:

James Bond 007 Lego mosaics

Vintage Lego from when I was young:

Vintage Lego

Star Wars is always popular:

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Star Wars Lego

Star Wars Lego

There were longer tables set up with trains that ran around the edges:

lego Brickvention Melbourne

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Sydney Op… you know what this is!

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And that’s it!  It’s been quiet here on the blog front because in the hot weather, the last thing I want to do is be on my computer in the hot study.  This week, I think I’ll just chill out and enjoy the better weather 🙂

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Brickventures, more adventures and smashed peas at Wide Open Road

YOU GUYS.  LEGO EXHIBITION!

(and lots and lots of photos)

Brickventures was held at the Royal Exhibition Building this weekend.  This was our nice leisurely stroll up to the entrance doors:

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I’d love to live inside a place like this.  I’d call it “Crash Landed Mothership from Planet Rubiksoid”:
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…and this was our view when we turned the corner.  Totally brilliant idea of mine to arrive early and get a spot near the doors, out of the sun.  Tootes brill:

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Scenic shots park shots shots of flowers shots of random stuff BLAH BLAH BRING ON THE LEGO:

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You know that scene in Flying High/Airplane where the woman is hysterical and everyone is lining up?

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Mega coolness (that includes the tie and the pinafore). How cool to score a modelling gig like this:

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When we left, Husband took Arthur and DeeW off to my in laws for the rest of the day so I could go home and get some work done without interruption.  But you know how it is with beautiful sunny days and an open door to an op shop:

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I was starving and decided on Wide Open Road for brunch.  I’ve been wanting to go back to try the smashed peas dish ever since I visited WOR and tried those delicious slow cooked beans.  I walked in and noticed about five people with the smashed peas on sourdough with wild rice tabouleh and maple walnuts.  Pretty good stuff obviously!  And it did not disappoint:

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Absolutely delicious!  I left the maple walnuts until last.  I’m so in love with maple walnuts.  Everything was juuust right.  So with a nice full belly I waddled to the tram stop because I suddenly felt too happy-lazy to go to Savers.

So all in all, a fabulous morning with hundreds of fellow geeks, followed by fabulous strolling about town with camera in hand and finished with a fabulous meal.  Fab fab fab!

May your news be fab news, and good day  🙂