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.