Regular Random: five minutes with my lunch

Close up shot of a few rocket leaves and walnut halves. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Rocket and walnuts; a yummy combination. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Feeling abnormally disinclined to cook this past week, meals have been very simple affairs.

Blue cheese, walnuts and rocket is one of my favourite “three good things” combinations. Add fresh bread — instant lunch.

Five Minutes of Random (the #RegularRandom challenge), is 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 see it from many angles, look through something at it, change the light that’s hitting it
  • tag your post #regularrandom and ping back to Desley’s post
  • have fun!

 

Regular Random: five minutes with a magnolia branch

Close up shot of half-open white magnolia flower against out of focus background. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Magnolia flower. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

The magnolia tree in our garden has been slow to flower this year. For what seems like forever, tender buds have sat proudly upright, refusing to spread their velvety white petals.

Last week, a few flowers broke ranks, and by this morning it seems that many of the others have relented.

Given the brief moment of flowering, magnolias seem a perfect subject for this week’s #regularrandom.

Five Minutes of Random (the RegularRandom challenge), is hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist. 

 

Regular Random: five minutes on a damp lawn

Coprinellus disseminatus (Fairies Bonnets); tiny mushrooms in a domestic lawn. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Coprinellus disseminatus (Fairies Bonnets); just popping up in the lawn. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

This is something quite magical about tiny fungus suddenly appearing in the lawn. To photograph them, I have to place myself on the cold, damp earth in which they thrive. I’m transported to a miniature world where I see the taken for granted with fresh eyes.

I’ve edited these shots to reflect that slightly other-worldly feeling.

Five Minutes of Random (the RegularRandom challenge), is hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist. 

Regular Random: an impatiens five minutes

Close up shot of pink impatiens flower on stem, with bokeh effect of water on leaves. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Straight from the garden; stem of impatiens. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Impatiens grow wild on the boundary of our property; strong, hardy bushes that reach upwards of a metre and would take over the garden if we let them.

Still, they do provide a welcome burst of winter colour.

Five Minutes of Random (the RegularRandom challenge), is hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist. 

Regular Random: five minutes with some necklaces and a shawl

Close-up: costume jewellery draped over a tailor's mannequin. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Close-up: costume jewellery draped over a tailor’s mannequin. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Sometime, a few years ago, we ran out of cupboard space for my tailor’s mannequin.  Making a virtue of the fact it has to be left “on show”, I dressed it in black, draped a shawl over, and threw a few necklaces on top.

Voilà!

Five Minutes of Random (the RegularRandom challenge), is hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist.

Regular random: five minutes with the makings of a great dressing

Close up shot of garlic, ginger, coriander, lime ... some of the ingredients in Sarah Tiong's Asian Vinaigrette. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Garlic, ginger, coriander, lime … some of the ingredients in Sarah Tiong’s Asian Vinaigrette. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with food programmes on television. I liked quite a few of the old-school “celebrity-chef-cooks-for-the-cameras” shows — especially those involving Rick Stein and the late Keith Floyd. I also loved Two Fat Ladies, with Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright, and anything with Anthony Bourdain — but that was never about the cooking.

I don’t like talent-quest TV and programmes that require a commitment to regular viewing, so shows like MasterChef pose a dilemma. Will my love of food overcome my reluctance to a) watch competitive cooking and b) buy-in for the duration?

Close-up shot of fresh coriander. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

I spy … fresh coriander all ready to use. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

With the current series of MasterChef Australia at episode 24 in NZ — and not even half way through — I’m at the stage of dipping in on the nights when the contestants are making original dishes as individuals, rather than team challenges and replications of guest chefs’ creations. These are the episodes that offer the most interesting food ideas.

Which is a very roundabout way of saying that my Five Minutes of Random this week were spent with the ingredients for a fantastic Asian Vinaigrette that I saw Sarah Tiong make a couple of weeks ago on MasterChef. She served it with Pan-fried Barramundi and Bok Choy. (recipe here). It looked so yummy!

… And tasted fantastic, though I replaced the barramundi with tofu because it was raining so hard I really didn’t feel like going shopping.

And though this is not strictly a #RegularRandom shot — here’s my completed dish.

Pan-fried tofu with braised bok-choy and Asian Vinaigrette. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Pan-fried tofu with braised bok-choy and Asian Vinaigrette. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Five Minutes of Random (the RegularRandom challenge), is hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist.

 

Regular Random: five minutes with Lt Col. Percival Fenwick (1870-1958)

Detail; model of Lt. Col. Percival Fenwick from Gallipoli: The scale of our war exhibition at Te Papa, Wellington, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Detail; model of Lt. Col. Percival Fenwick from Gallipoli: The scale of our war exhibition at Te Papa, Wellington, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

While in Wellington last week, I went to the exhibition Gallipoli: The scale of our war at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Created in partnership with Weta Workshop, the exhibition explores the WWI Gallipoli campaign through the lives and memories of eight individuals who served there. For each of the eight, a giant (2.4 times normal size) life-like model was created by Weta, showing them at a particular moment.

Lt. Colonel Percival Fenwick, who features in these photos, was a 45-year-old surgeon with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. He was amongst the first New Zealanders to land at Gallipoli on April 25th, 1915 and remained there for two months until evacuated; sick and exhausted.

The Te Papa model shows Fenwick on May 4th 1915, leaning over Infantryman Jack Aitken of the Canterbury Infantry Regiment, in despair at not being able to save the man’s life.

Model of Lt Col Percival Fenwick. Te Papa. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Model of Lt Col Percival Fenwick. Te Papa. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Percival Fenwick survived WWI and returned to New Zealand where he continued to practice medicine. He died aged 88, in 1958.

This is a much more sombre subject than I usually post for the Five Minutes of Random (the RegularRandom challenge), but the exhibition was very moving and worthwhile.

Five Minutes of Random is a weekly photo challenge hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist.