My Week #46 – More Weddings and More Cake

*The last wedding for a couple of months *Lobster mac and cheese at Cosy Club

*Topher’s mum’s 50th birthday cake *My spare tyre

Aaaaand breathe.

That’s the last busy week for a little while now. You know it’s been busy when the weekend is over and you don’t feel like you had one. Weekends are for sleeping! We had a good time though. Saturday we went to a vow renewal for some of Topher’s step family followed by a reception. And somehow we ended up in town meeting friends for food and drinks at Cosy Club. A long day indeed!

This was immediately followed by the Sunday where we were going out for a meal for Topher’s mum’s 50th birthday. We had ordered a surprise rainbow cake from Hey Little Cupcake and planned on picking it up on the way to her house before dinner.

Unfortunately when I started driving down the road the car felt really wobbly so I pulled over, got out and found a flat tyre. Luckily we were about 30 seconds down the road so I just nipped the car back on the drive.

Ok, plan B. We’ll call a taxi to get us into town. All our local companies were busy. So we walked 10 minutes to a bus route that would get us into town (even though we live in the city, our train station doesn’t get trains on Sundays!). Planning on getting the free metro bus to Spinningfields, we arrived in town. Of course we had just missed one so we walked across town instead. Luckily there were no hitches picking up the cake so we hailed a black cab and got to his mum’s in Salford. Phew.

The rest of the evening went great though. Food at Mowgli, a quick drink in the pub then back to her’s for coffee and cake. I’m so pleased with how awesome the cake was and Tina loved it. So all was well!

The rest of the week was a blur.

It was a combo of Topher starting his 2nd job, me working and sorting out grown up stuff like car insurance and my tyre. Which by the way, I changed to the spare myself! Topher helped too. One downside to me losing weight – when I stood on the tool to get the nuts on the tyre tightened, they went nowhere! Pretty funny, so Topher had to step in there.

In other news, apparently Pickles doesn’t give a damn about sticking his tail in a bowl of water. Not surprising after this.

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How was your week?

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MilkJam Manchester

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I think the Manchester Evening News hit the nail right on the head when they described MilkJam as a “Gluttonous pleasure palace”. That’s the only way I’m going to describe it from now on.

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Situated on Oxford Road as a pop up store, MilkJam is the home of three awesome staples; Ice cream from Ginger’s Comfort Emporium, cakes from BakeOrama and brownies from Lushbrownies.

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Yesterday, my friends and I found ourselves in Manchester city centre and nowhere near MilkJam. So naturally, we decided to make the journey (long and perilous it is not) across town to pay it a visit for the first time. It’s been around since July this year and I’ve been dying to go there.

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The cakes are ever changing from what I’ve read but I had an oreo peanut butter cake with doughnuts and caramel. My friends had bubblegum (the one with the dog face) and one that was chocolate and had a cherry pie baked into it! (not pictured)

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Now I must warn you sugar lovers, these are not for the faint hearted. The icing alone will send you into a diabetic coma. But I’m never one to shy away from a challenge. I’m glad I took it to take away! It was perfect for a Gilmore Girls marathon on the sofa that evening. Though getting up to go pick Topher up from work was definitely difficult!

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I was really happy with my choice. Though I’m always a peanut butter on everything kind of girl, I do usually find it sickening after a few bites. The sponge in this cake was very light and the perfect amount of sweet. The icing however, though delicious, finished me off! But as usual with anything sweet, I enjoy, regret and then in the coming days crave more. It’s a vicious circle but I’m totally ok with that.

Next time I have my eye on the brownies!

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Food glorious food!

A tad bit of a cliché title post but I’m ok with that. 
 
Amman is a place where I go to eat. Hanging out with my family is an endless sea of lunches (if you can call it lunch if it’s at 5pm), great aunties pinching your cheeks and force-feeding baba-ganoush down your throat. Then asking if you’ve put on weight and when are you getting married. 
 
Here’s a few samples of what I ate during the week:

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Lamb, rice and almonds. Simple, but oh so good! I love lamb and we definitely have a lot of it there. 

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Dessert. There’s always so many things to choose from that I take a little bit of each. 
Clockwise from top: Pumpkin jam and flat bread, sweet syrup cake with almonds on top, cherries, flat peach and apricot. Yum!

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One night, my cousins took me and my brother to Sugar Daddy’s; a sweet treat haven. Cupcakes and cakes galore.

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I went for a slice of red velvet cake. They all came with two spoons. Ha, I’m not sharing. Though I have to say that I couldn’t finish it! Wow, that was good. 

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Apple cinnamon waffles, courtesy of The Bake House, found in downtown Amman. My cousin insisted on taking us and I’m glad she did as these waffles were amazing. My parent’s had the pancake version and that also looked awesome. I really struggled to finish as it was a generous portion but it was so worth it. 

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This lemon juice was beyond amazing. They add mint and sugar so it tastes really nice. I’m definitely going to be re-creating this at home!

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Desserts table. Lots of mouths to feed you know? I had a little bit of cheesecake, chocolate cake and an arabic dish right at the end (the name escapes me). All delicious!
 
Needless to say, I had a bit of a food coma after this week. 
 
Have you eaten anything amazing recently?
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