Regular Random: five minutes with a prawn & soba noodle salad

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Lunch bowl. Prawn and soba noodle salad with yuzu, avocado and mint. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Last week I posted a shot of some ingredients I was planning to use for a lunch recipe.

I was looking for ways to use some of our citrus, especially the yuzu, and an online search gave me this recipe from a site called Great British Chefs.

I omitted the tablespoon of brown sugar in the dressing, and the cucumber because they aren’t in season and at $5 each, didn’t seem essential. I also forgot to sprinkle sesame seeds on top, but apart from losing that little bit of crunch, I don’t think it really mattered.

This is the result. I have to say, it was really easy to make and really yummy.

I had planned to add grapefruit segments, but chickened out and put a few in a bowl on the side to “taste test.” I like the avocado-grapefruit combination and it was ok with the prawns, but overall, I think it would be better as a separate recipe.

Regular Random is a photo challenge hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist. Please pop over and take a look;  and if you’d like to join in:

  • choose a subject or a scene
  • spend five minutes photographing it – no more!
  • try to not interfere with the subject, instead see it from many angles, look through something at it, change the light that’s hitting it
  • have fun!
  • tag your post #regularrandom and ping back to Desley’s post
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Sweet enough

I’ve rather lost my sweet-tooth of late and now find a lot of traditional desserts, and even breakfast foods just too full of sugar.

These days, the natural sugars in fruit are more to my taste.

Home-made banana pancakes with fresh feijoa slices, sprinkled cinnamon and a wee slick of maple syrup — just perfect.

Silent Sunday | Sugar

The Changing Seasons: July 2018

Early morning light behind the Tor at Waiake Beach, Auckland. Su Leslie 2018 Morning. The Tor, Waiake Beach, Auckland, NZ. Su Leslie, 2018

July is proving to be a very inward-looking month. From my photos, it would seem that pretty much all I’ve done is sew, eat and walk on beaches and in gardens.

The sewing started in June, with the “Art Matters” tote I made (supposedly just to hold paints and brushes). It got such a positive reaction from people I seriously considered the economics of making some commercially (not viable). But since I had a stash of fabric and image-transfer paper, I made a few more for friends, and then thought I could do more for going plastic-free if I had a bunch of other totes. The library bag followed, and then some simple calico bags that scrunch up small enough to carry around, and after that a holdall for all the stuff (notebook, pens, glasses, iPad, phone, etc) I carry from office to living room so I can work in either. My journal is filling up with more ideas and designs and I think I am officially obsessed.

I’ve already shared so many food photos this month, I’ll leave you with this shot and the question: what did I make with these ingredients?

img_2870 “mystery box challenge” (ok, I’m watching MasterChef Australia on TV). Su Leslie 2018

About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge where bloggers around the world share what’s been happening in their month.

If you would like to join in, here are the guidelines:

The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):

  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):

  • Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them.

If you do a ping-back to this post, I can update it with links to all of yours.

UPDATE

Be sure to check out how these other bloggers have experienced July

Max at Cardinal Guzman: Version #1 and Version #2

Deb at The Widow Badass Blog

Marilyn at Serendipity, Seeking intelligent life on Earth

Joanne at My Life Lived Full

Tracy at Reflections of an Untidy Mind

Sarah at Art Expedition

Ladyleemanila

Tish at Writer on the Edge

Pauline at Living in Paradise

Klara

Mick at Mick’s Cogs

Ruth at Ruth’s Arc

Jude at Under a Cornish Sky

Yvette at Priorhouse Blog

Ju-Lyn at All Things Bright and Beautiful

Regular Random: five minutes with a simple salad

Lunch: grapefruit, rocket, walnuts and feta salad, with orange mustard vinaigrette. Place setting for one, on blue and white striped cloth.. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Lunch; grapefruit, rocket, walnuts and feta salad, dressed with an orange mustard vinaigrette. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

The garden is a bit empty at this time of year. The citrus has almost all been picked and the vege patch is yielding mainly herbs. I did find some rocket though, and cobbled together a lunchtime salad — grapefruit, rocket, a few toasted walnuts and some crumbled feta. The vinaigrette was leftover from another dish, and contains juice from a couple of our not-very-sweet oranges.

Regular Random is a photo challenge hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist  — who takes the most beautiful, swoon-inducing images (of food and flowers especially). Please pop over and take a look, and if you’d like to join in:

  • choose a subject or a scene
  • spend five minutes photographing it – no more!
  • try to not interfere with the subject, instead see it from many angles, look through something at it, change the light that’s hitting it
  • have fun!
  • tag your post #regularrandom and ping back to Desley’s post

Regular Random: five minutes with the citrus harvest

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Although my little “grove” of citrus trees isn’t large, and the trees themselves are quite small, this year we have an abundant harvest of lemons, grapefruit and yuzu — oranges and mandarins not so much.

I would prefer to harvest them gradually, on an as-needed basis so that they are always fresh, but too many were ripe at once, so I’ve been out with the secateurs and a basket.

The extra lemons I can give away, and grapefruit is appearing on the breakfast menu a lot at the moment. I could do with a good yuzu recipe or two though.

Regular Random is a photo challenge hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist. If you’d like to join in:

  • choose a subject or a scene
  • spend five minutes photographing it – no more!
  • try to not interfere with the subject, instead see it from many angles, look through something at it, change the light that’s hitting it
  • have fun!
  • tag your post #regularrandom and ping back to Desley’s post