A hair cut, pea and mint soup recipe, and giant violins

I had a bad haircut just before Christmas and couldn’t stand it any longer so today, on the spur of the moment, I went in search of a haircut. All the women reading my blog will understand the impossibility of my quest: one does not simply walk into a hair salon on a Saturday afternoon without an appointment. Indeed, in the first 6 or 7 salons I walked into the people behind the desk looked at me as though I’d just asked to have my head removed and repurposed into a dog’s head before being reattached. I was just about to give up but found success in the very last salon. The hair-dresser did a great job and I will definitely be going back … with an appointment next time.

For dinner, I made a pea and mint soup and it was delicious! It was so good I’m going to share the recipe which I just made up.

800g frozen peas
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 tsp rosemary
dried chili flakes
2 red onions
a small bunch of spring onion
1-2 tsp veggie stock
juice from 1 lemon
1 dessert spoon of miso paste
1/3 cup ground cashew nuts

I also put water in but didn’t measure how much so just add water to produce a soup of your desired thickness. Here are the peas and onions in the saucepan.

Then all mixed up. I love how green it is.

I use plain whole cashews which I grind in a coffee bean grinder. Add the cashews and lemon last, just before serving.

Everyone enjoyed this, even the kids who can be fussy. Daniel even made a point of complimenting it which he doesn’t normally do.

The kids finished their first week of school and it has been great. They’re both continuing with their musical instruments at school and are getting to play in a school band with other students. They’ve never had this opportunity before so we’re naturally very pleased for them. After the first day with the school band, Daniel told me about all the other instruments in it, describing one of them as, “a giant violin that you play with your fingers”. I thought that was very cute.

Here’s Arvell Shaw on the giant violin.

6 thoughts on “A hair cut, pea and mint soup recipe, and giant violins”

    1. Pea soup is so great. It’s cheap, nutritious, and easy to make. I don’t know why I never made it before but we’ll definitely be having it regularly from now on.

  1. Cute haircut! Yes, trying to find a place that takes walk-ins is tough these days, let alone finding a hairdresser who’ll do a good job. Many of the hair salons in my area are “appointment only” not only due to the pandemic, but because of staffing issues. The woman who used to cut my hair has disappeared—she was older and talking about retirement before the lockdown, so I suppose she finally decided it was time to hang up the scissors: but finding someone to replace her has been ridiculously hard, along with all the services one used to take for granted—car repairs, dry cleaning, veterinary clinics, IT troubleshooting. I guess I’ll just keep snipping my split ends at home, and hope nobody notices they’re uneven!

    1. Only men’s places allow walk-ins as I discovered yesterday. I do understand that if you have long hair it’s probably going to be a more complicated cut that a very short male-style haircut and I did end up being in the salon for an hour. I totally understand what you mean about finding someone good but I guess even hairdressers get to retire at some point.

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