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:

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  • 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
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Regular Random: five minutes investigating the contents of a shelf

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Aprophenia (see below), or a carefully curated installation? Image: Su Leslie, 2018 (click to enlarge image)

I spent much of the weekend in my friend Claire’s studio, photographing the painting and drawing workshops she was running.

In the quiet moments, I turned my lens on the studio itself, including the contents of a shelf tucked away in a back corner.

And in case you’re wondering, Apophenia (/æpˈfniə/) is the tendency to perceive connections and meaning between unrelated things (Merriam-Webster).

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

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  • 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
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Regular random: five minutes with winter

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Trying to capture winter; tamarillo, persimmon, some fallen leaves and a deconstructed obi. Su Leslie 2018

It rained all through the holiday weekend, and I really didn’t feel like leaving the warmth of home. It meant that meals were a bit “creative” and the fruit bowl is now empty.

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

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Regular Random: five minutes with pumpkin soup and cheesy cornbread

Bowl of homemade pumpkin soup and plate with two pieces of cheese and herb cornbread. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Homemade pumpkin soup and cornbread with cheese and thyme. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

It has definitely begun to feel like winter here, so when Tracy at Reflections of an Untidy Mind mentioned making pumpkin soup in her Changing Seasons post, I experienced one of those really powerful taste memories.

Perhaps inevitably, pumpkin soup was on our dinner menu last night, along with some cheese and herb cornbread.

Both easy to make and, as it turned out, quite yummy.

These shots are of today’s lunch (of course there were leftovers).

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

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Regular Random: five minutes with some crackers and cheese

Cheese and crackers platter. Close-up shot of sliced brie, seed crackers with a bowl of chutney, fresh fig and some walnuts. Image: Su Lesli, 2018

Seed crackers, brie and some chutney. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Cheese and crackers are amongst my (many) food weaknesses.

I recently found a recipe (1) for crackers made entirely of seeds: pumpkin, sunflower, poppy, sesame, chia and flax seeds to be exact. These are not only gluten and dairy free (for those with such intolerances) BUT also incredibly quick and easy to make.

AND delicious.

Did I mention delicious?

Basically you throw a bunch of seeds into a bowl and add water. The chia and flax seeds go all gooey and mucilaginous (don’t you love that word) in water, and that’s what holds the mix together. (2)

After about 15 minutes you have a blob of stuck-together seeds that can be spread out on baking paper and put in the oven. About 50 minutes after that, you have crunchy, yummy crackers.

Of course, I had to spoil the dairy-free bit by serving them with cheese.

And fig & pear chutney. And a few walnuts.

Yum.

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

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1. Seed Crackers (gluten and dairy free), Bite NZ’s Home of Food

2. I didn’t have any flax seeds, so I doubled the quantity of chia seeds. That worked perfectly well in terms of holding the mixture together, but meant that the finished crackers were quite grey-black in colour.

Regular Random: five minutes with roses

yellow roses on red fabric. Image: Su Leslie,2018

“The rose and the thorn, sorrow and gladness are linked together.”Saadi.  Image: Su Leslie, 2018

I don’t often buy cut flowers.

On one hand, there is something very special about a vase of flowers in the house.

On the other, the environmental cost of growing, transporting and packaging these ephemeral delights is extremely high.

But today, after a fairly intense emotional tussle, my desire for beauty beat my social conscience.

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

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Regular Random: five minutes with sunlight on vintage glassware

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Late afternoon sunlight on vintage jug and glasses. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

I love the play of light on coloured glass, and have been enjoying how the late afternoon catches this vintage jug and glasses .

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:

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  • have fun!