Spring sushi bowl

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Hello comrades. I have lots to report, but I am rather tired, so I will keep this short.

Melbourne is awesome! Life is fab. We have a wee back yard with a lemon tree, a fig tree, lavender, and a rampant mint plant. I am growing seven kinds of tomato from seed, as well as snow peas, zucchini, and forests of herbs. I’ve found excellent markets, pastry shops and restaurants. I dawdle down the streets near our house, transfixed by the lushness and prettiness of people’s front gardens. I’m getting closer to finding a bike route to uni that I am happy with. I love the fact that it’s almost December but I still don’t swelter during the day, and in the evening I can sit in the garden, listening to the cicadas, and appreciate the coolness. I thought it would be the city and inner suburbs that I would love in Melbourne – and I do love them – but our day-to-day life out in Armadale is wonderful. I am very happy. I can imagine living here for a long time.

Here’s what I ate for dinner tonight. Very simple, but satisfying to both the eye and to taste. The cicadas, the garden and the cool night air took care of the other senses.

 

Sushi bowl for one

a handful of cooked brown rice
1 bunch of asparagus
a quarter of a large avocado
a slice of firm tofu
sesame seeds
nori
ponzu

Trim the asparagus, halve the spears, then steam until tender. Peel the avocado segment, then slice crosswise into about 10 slices. Saute the tofu until golden, then cut into bite-size batons.

Spread the rice over the bottom of a flattish bowl. Top with the asparagus, avocado and tofu in an aesthetically pleasing manner (I put asparagus on one side, the avocado fanned out on the other, and tofu in the middle). Sprinkle with sesame seeds, snips of toasted nori, and ponzu. Eat.

3 Responses to “Spring sushi bowl”

  1. CaitrĂ­ona Says:

    I just stopped by to find your biscotti recipe again and saw this lovely post! Great to hear that life in Melbourne is suiting you so well.
    Merry Christmas and love from me and Rich!

  2. Meg Says:

    Thanks Caitriona! Sorry for the late reply – I get so many spam comments these days I often delay checking through the notifications. Super lovely to hear from you.

    I hope you and Rich have a great holiday too. Lots of love to you from this side of the world!

  3. Preeta Says:

    Happy new year, Meg! I’m pleased do see a few new posts :-) . The sushi bowl for one looks like a marvellous quick lunch — I like to make a big rice ball, roll it in sesame seeds, wrap it in a sheet of nori, and dip it in tamari, but this sounds more nutritious and balanced, and only slightly more time-consuming, so I’ll definitely try it.