I’m not quite sure if things have been busy or slow around here. It’s all a bit foggy really, maybe a reflection of what is outside most mornings.
When the fog does finally disappear, some days around midday, we are rewarded with lovely cold crystal clear winter days. There’s a lot to be done outside in the garden but realistically there are only a few hours each day when I can bear to be out there in the cold.
I’m slowly (very slowly) working my way around the beds doing the winter weeding, clearing out and cutting back. A combination of the wet and cold summer and having someone help me weed in late summer/autumn has meant that many of the plants which normally self-seed everywhere have disappeared. Note to self: anyone can weed, not everyone can garden (i.e. recognise a plant from a weed….) and drought tolerant plants don’t like wet feet.
The upside to losing a few plants is that for the first time in over a year, I had an excuse to visit a couple of garden nurseries. So many lovely things, so many ideas. Employing my steely resolve, I didn’t over indulge and came home with trusty and familiar friends to fill some of the holes. In a funny way, the gaps have reinvigorated me. Much of my pleasure in gardening comes from the anticipation, the imagination. There’s something exciting in the unrealised potential of a newly planted plot of land.
And once again, the garden has opened my eye’s to another life lesson. My life will forever be potential filled if I don’t back myself. No one else can make things happen for me, I am the mistress and designer of my own destiny just as I am the mistress and designer of the garden around me. It is quite simply up to me to define the life I live and to enjoy that life to the full!
An example, if I may…the other night I decided to cook a simple dinner. Sausages and veggies. Should have, could have been simple. Instead I managed to use every pot in the house and create something complicated, and in all honesty, not that great. Simple would have been better…
Last night, I decided to cook a simple dinner. And I kept it simple! Laura, this one would be great for the nights you are looking for something to cook Lloyd. Once you have Miso in the fridge, you’ve always got an easy dinner on hand. It tasted way better than this photo does it credit (and credit for the recipe goes to Annabel Langbein and her Free Range in the City cookbook).
Miso Glazed Salmon
- boneless, skinless salmon fillet
- 1 1/2 tbsp miso paste (white)
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp water (i use some mirin)
- 2 tsp soft brown sugar
Mix ingredients together and spread over salmon fillet. Let sit in fridge for as little or as much time as you have. I try for about two hours.
Preheat grill to high and spread some foil over the top (easy cleaning). Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top of the salmon. Grill salmon 10cm from heat source without turning and until just cooked through (about eight minutes).
Serve with easy rice and asian greens - (2 cups short-grain rice, 4 tsp soy sauce, 4 tsp butter, 2 cloves crushed garlic, 3 cups water). Place all ingredients in saucepan, bring to boil, stir and cover. Turn to lowest heat and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat (don’t remove the lid) and let sit for 15 minutes.
The fog’s lifted now, so off outside I go. Time to create more potential…