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Lina β€” Sydney Foodie  Photo Taking πŸ“Έ Food Styling 🍴 Blogging βœ–οΈ Recovering Teacher πŸ“ Coffee Drinking β˜•οΈ In search of sleep 😴 Mama πŸ‘­πŸ‘« #spreadhummusnothate

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Freedom of speech. Political correctness. Opinions or facts. Breaking news or fake news. Our latest buzz word in Aus is all things 'values'. We've heard it all before. I remember very clearly a few years ago, when Howard & his govt were also talking the same talk...what should new citizens look like, what should they value, do they speak perfect English? I also remember it because around the same time I found myself involved in one of the worst encounters of racially motivated abuse I'd ever received. The woman doing the abuse at one point yells, "you're all just illiterate anyway!" It sounds a bit trivial, but I tell you what, that one really stung. As soon as I opened my mouth to respond & she heard me speak she looked completely stunned. But it didn't matter that I could probably speak, read & write English better than she ever could because my hijab & my ethnic features meant I could only ever be what she had constructed in her mind...nothing more, nothing less. I could only ever be the words used to describe people who looked like me...illiterate, no talent, backward, unruly, lacking 'Australian values'. My problem isn't with the promotion of Australian values. It's the way these values are promoted with an 'us' & 'them' rhetoric. And God help one of 'them' if they don't always display these 'values', if they step out of line, say the wrong thing or look in the wrong direction. No apology will ever suffice. The ignoramus will be waiting to get on their high horse. Generalisations are thrown around, insults & abuse. This is wrong! We are ALL capable of making mistakes. And believe it or not, most of us (minus the handful of nutters) value the same sorts of things...respect for others, mateship, equality between men & women or democracy (just to list a few). The only time I have an issue with 'Australian values' is when some insist I must have the same devotion to booze, bacon & Bradman...sorry, not going to happen. I don't drink & I don't eat pork. And as for Bradman, for me, watching a game of cricket would be equivalent to dying a slow & painful death 😏 #justkillmenow #sorrycricketlovers #isitevenarealsport

*Question* Do you all regularly do a 'spring clean' of the people you follow? I have been doing a bit of it lately. Mostly of people & feeds I'm not really interested in anymore. I know that may sound a bit mean or perhaps cocky but it's honestly nothing personal. I just look at my own account & feel there are so many who follow me who never engage. I don't want to be that person, following just for the sake of it. I'd still like to think that all these people who follow me are actually interested in what I post but I know that's not the case because... well...that's social media for you. There are many of you who do engage, even if not regularly, I know you're there. But there are also so so many who don't. Never have & probably never will. Which is really frustrating sometimes because I never started this account just to get big numbers. I often wonder are all these people even active/real accounts!? I don't even know πŸ€” Then there are those who follow & unfollow so often in the hope they'll get a follow back. (FYI no I don't do f4f). And those (becoming increasingly) regular (and increasingly annoying) bot comments that often have nothing to do with what I've posted. Why people sign up to that is beyond me πŸ™„ Anyway my point is (haha if you've read to here & wondering "what is her point"), I think it's still possible to be genuine in the social media world without just focusing on follower growth & number of 'likes'. Be real. Follow those who you really want to follow. Share, engage & connect.
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P.S. If you read to here and just wanted to know about the food I've posted, I'm sorry 😬 This is the ultimate Lebanese fast food...grilled kafta on Leb bread πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

Part 1 of breakfast this morning because Angie's @feedmeichi frequent baking has got me like "Do more baking, Lina!" πŸ˜€ So today I'm doing just that!

"The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook."β€”Julia Child
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Tonight's steak dinner with fried rice & stir fried greens 🍴 #steakdinner #eatyourheartoutsaltbae πŸ˜„

Breakfast this morning 🍳

Love this combo of labneh, fried egg & zataar on toasted @bakersdelight Chia Omega-3 Wholemeal Block Loaf.
These breads are a great additional source of nutrients for the family. This chia loaf has magnesium & protein for maintaining muscles & bones.
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From April 20 (for limited time), you can get a free gift of a Chia Bread Recipe Booklet when you purchase 2 Chia Bread products (1 being a loaf) in Bakers Delight bakeries. @thechiaco #eatchia #bakersdelightrecipes #schoollunches #plantproteinpower #ad

#truestory πŸ‘€

A spread for a whole bunch of teens congregating at my house today.
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS TIP: As long as you provide them with food, you have solved all questions for the time being. #mexican #nachos #burritos

Using some tips I picked up at last week's @kenwood_au Pavlova making session with @katherine_sabbath I decided to make my own pav with a Lebanese twist of course 😍
Usually my eldest daughter is our expert pavlova maker...she's become really good at making it with vanilla undertones, cream & fresh fruits.
But I loved these Middle Eastern flavours that I added to her usual recipe. They were nutty & floral, with the added natural sweetness of the fresh berries. I'll have to share this recipe soon πŸ™ŒπŸΌ
P.S. You can win your own kMix range by sharing your own pavlova creations & using the hashtag #kMixRecipeSwap & tagging @kenwood_au

If there's one thing I HATE cooking, it has to be this πŸ‘†πŸΌ fried chicken πŸ— And don't usually like eating it too, except on the odd occasion 😏 Tonight was one of those odd occasions. We had it with corn, sweet potato mash & homemade gravy #dontjudge #friedchicken #notforme

I was never a photogenic person, because when everyone said cheese I said β€œWHERE”? πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚
#breakfastthismorning #wheresthecheese

Beautiful weather today for a bike ride & picnic πŸš΄πŸ»πŸš΄πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸš΄πŸ»β€β™€οΈ .
Check out my Insta story if you'd like the recipe for my go to chicken & mayo for sandwiches πŸ™ŒπŸΌ The custard for Portuguese tarts is one I pulled up from @taste_team but I cheated & used store bought puff pastry. So good, I could've eaten 10 ... or maybe I did, you'll never know πŸ™ˆπŸ˜†

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