Winter is still mild here. So far. That’s a good thing, as I am not a lover of cold weather. My body seems to curl up in on itself (metaphorically) and my energy suffers when it is cold. Usually, all I can do is wait until the warmth of Spring.
But this year I am working on loving winter. So far so good. In return it has loved me back with sunny blasts during the day, often at the time that I have to walk into town to meet with a client. And I find I am enjoying the cold in the morning and evening. I am loving that bite on the cheek, knowing that as the day progresses it will go and I will be warmer.
My little awareness project is going well and bringing amazing results. I am photographing a particular spot most days. It makes me look at the colour of the wall as the sun plays on it at different times of the day. I notice leaves and shadow movement and season signs. I see the people walk at different times of the day. School, work, shopping, school, shopping, work in that cycle each weekday. I find the life in the concrete, in the brick of the walls, by noticing these daily cycles and seasonal changes. I have lived in this area, after moving back from Sydney, for some quite a few years now. Yet in the past month through my awareness project I have learned more about it than I would have ever guessed.
But in much of the rest of the world, people are seeing summer arrive, are rushing outside with minimal clothing, swimming, hiking, picnicking and loving the sun. You lucky lucky people. In other parts, people await the monsoons, or are living through it. My daughter – she is living it up in Italy at the moment.
Just as a reminder that it once was Spring, heading into Summer here too, here is your inspiration from the kitchens of A Life (Time) of Cooking, last December and January. Just a few this month.
Cooking in June – Northern Hemisphere Style
- Drinking herbs and juices
- Eggplant with Mirin and Miso Paste
- Narasihman’s Sweet Potato, Eggplant and Spinach Madras Curry
- Sambar Powder
Baingan Kabharta – Eggplant Curry
- Caramelised Roast Pumpkin
- Gin, Tonic and Chilli
- Peppers Shining Salad
- Risotto Basics 101
- Pasta with Soul – how long to cook pasta
- Rosemary Focaccia Sheet