Even just a cursory glance at my blog will expose my adoration for pretty little salads. My need for introverted activities that I can conduct as a mindfulness exercises are very real, and I find the exercise of composing carefully cut up fruits and vegetables an essential part of refocusing and staying present during my week. A long day, a tedious bus ride, and the fact that it was a rainy Thursday led me to this evening’s salad. You can use more or less of any ingredient, or omit one of them if you don’t have it immediately available. Use less or no chilies if you’re not as keen on the heat, my love for it knows no bounds so I like to use a whole chili pepper per recipe, which conveniently is exactly enough for one person.
cucumber, tomato, and avocado salad with lemon, feta, and chilies:
(makes one lovely salad for one lucky person)
1/2 English cucumber, partially peeled and sliced into thick half moons
2 small tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/2 an avocado, thinly sliced
1 red chili pepper, thinly sliced
1 oz. feta cheese of your choice, crumbled
1 scallion, thinly sliced
Half a lemon, zest and juice
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Freshly cracked pepper
Pinch of kosher salt to taste
Arrange the cucumber, tomatoes, and avocado on a plate or shallow bowl. Scatter the chili pepper, feta cheese, and scallion over the salad. Drizzle over lemon juice and olive oil, top with lemon zest, freshly cracked pepper, and salt to taste. Admire your work and then enjoy immediately.
It’s the first day of September, which means I can now start playing all my favourite fall music (even though officially I should still be sticking with summer playlists). Fall and winter music is the best music, in my opinion, and Mazzy Star is the best way I can think of to usher in the first hints of fall (Hope Sandoval’s solo work is more summery, come to think of it). I was so happy with Mazzy Star’s newest album, it’s just as broody as their older work and just as eerily melancholy. More than anything, I want to switch from my rotating stock of sundresses into one of the many velvet versions I secretly favour.
Mazzy Star -Seasons of Your Day