Oh summer, summer. While I cannot say I am in love with the intense heat on certain days, what summer is offering has just been a pure pleasure. We have spent a lot more time outside. Some days we cycle around our neighbourhood, discovering a lot of rabbits, a few cows and friendly sheep on the way. Other days, we travel to places with nice coffee and brunch. To be under the sun and warm weather has been absolutely fabulous…
Who wants to milk this cow?
And of course, the warm and pure light that only warmer months can give. Summer light has an amazing quality, which I adore…
You know the best thing? When I returned from a month in Europe, my garden was blooming. The gorgeous roses, lavenders! And not just my garden, there were so many flowers and plants full of life everywhere. Such a wonderful view to return to, and it certainly helped me cope with the my travel blue.
I also think one can’t complain about fresh cherries, stoned fruits, tomatoes and mangoes in summer. How lucky are we? I think I eat more mangoes now in Melbourne than I ever did in Hanoi. It is so tempting to buy the whole box of mangoes from the market when they look so fresh. My MIL certainly could not control herself and got us a whole box before Xmas. We just enjoy them au naturel or in smoothie with tahini, which is absolutely gorgeous. Finding flights from Melbourne to Hanoi can be pretty easy, as well as booking Hanoi hotels when using Expedia.
Neil Perry has a better idea with mangoes though: pairing them with Asian-style black sticky rice pudding and coconut. I borrowed the idea, and the dessert was an instant hit. A marvellous way to chase away the heat and enjoy seasonal produce.