see the lavender fields in the area (and made lovely lavender honey lemonade - and a few other things);
mowie's apricot fool;
banana-zucchini bread in an attempt to use up some of the gorgeous organic zucchini we'd received from friends and the overripe bananas that had been sitting on the kitchen counter for a while:
otsu recipe by Heidi;
this recipe - except i sort of combined the sorbet and syrup parts into one to make a strawberry sorbet flavored with elderflower cordial and fresh mint. it was really nice paired with good vanilla ice cream.
oh by the way, the elderflower cordial was homemade by a friend of mine who i visited about a month ago in london during my trip to europe;
since i got back from my trip at the beginning of july, i've been fairly busy back to my day job, but i've still been making a point of enjoying local fresh summer fruits and vegetables that are now abundant. i am hoping to blog about some of them before the end of summer, but for now i have some travel photos to share with you;
these are from my time in the UK during my recent european trip, where i spent time with my friends in london and down south by the beach in the charming city of brighton.
and brighton happens to be the place i spent an extended period of time (four weeks) outside of japan for the first time in my life, years ago back when i was a grad school student. and even though i've since visited the uk so many times over the years, this was my first time going back to the city. so there was a bit of nostalgia going for me being back there. it holds a very special place in my heart.
so if you have a few minutes to kill, head over to my flickr page to view the photos as slideshow - some food, some sea, and some greens, all shining in the beautiful english summer light.
meanwhile, back home in japan we seem to have traded the intense summer heat for rain and (slightly) cooler air for the past couple of weeks. we are to have hot days back soon though, or so i hear; i can't say i'm looking forward to the heat and humidity back in full scale, but needs must - and here in nagano we have at least cooler evenings and pleasant leafy shade, so i probably shouldn't complain.