The Changing Seasons: June 2021

Urban Landscapes & Dumplings

Su at zimmerbitch has hosted The Changing Seasons since January 2018, which is coincidentally when I started participating. It has become an important part of my month as I reflect on what has transpired (or not). Thank you, Su, for hosting us these 3 and 1/2 years: have a restorative break and we look forward to sharing space with you soon.

Brian at BushboysWorld and I will take turns to host The Changing Seasons, with me, hosting this month. We hope to continue to share this space with you lovely BlogFriends as you recap your month with us.

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Loving Husband and I have chased many green spaces in new neighbourhoods these past months. But recently, we found ourselves exploring urban spaces.

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In the kitchen this month was an obsession with dumplings. We were gifted This Book is All About Dumplings some time ago and I have spent many happy occasions dreaming & drooling over the delectable images.

Most of the dumplings we get in Singapore contain meat matter so I am particularly motivated to make meatless ones for myself. The book, while not vegetarian in orientation, does give a good grounding in the various doughs and folds for the skin. And enough delicious photographs to inspire new fillings.

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The Changing Seasons is a monthly project where bloggers around the world share their thoughts and feelings about the month just gone. We all approach this slightly differently β€” though generally with an emphasis on the photos we’ve taken during the month.

For many of us, looking back over these photos provides the structure and narrative of our post, so each month is different.

About The Changing Seasons

Others focus on documenting the changes in a particular project β€” such as a garden, an art or craft project, or a photographic diary of a familiar landscape.

But in the end, it is your changing season, and you should approach it however works for you.

There are no fixed rules around post length or photo number β€” just a request that you respect your readers’ time and engagement.

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Tag your photos with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

Create a ping-back to this post, so that I can update it with links to all of yours.

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      1. Wow, that is very high. I’ve been in some 50+ floor hotels, but I felt nauseous going up the elevator. I’m guessing you get use to it? The buildings are impressive.

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        1. I have to say long elevator rides make me a little anxious as well – I think it’s the motion & being stuck in a closed space for so long. I guess people who live on the 50th floor must get used to it.

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  1. Great urban shots, Ju-Lyn
    And pleased to hear you and Brian are taking on the mantle of Changing Sesaons. It’s along time since I participated but I’ll make an effort!!

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  2. You had me at dumplings! They are, indeed, a food group all of their own. I too have Brendan Pang’s book – and it’s a goodie. His Dan Dan noodles are a fave of ours.

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    1. Hee hee! Thank you thank you! Definitely made for eating! I am still working on my “folding” techniques … some work out better than others!

      Glad to have you in this space, Natalie!

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    1. Hurray! A fellow-dumpling fan!
      Thank you for your contribution to The Changing Seasons – I hope that Brian and I will do Max at CardinalGuzman’s & Su’s legacies. Su was such a wonderfully gracious & thoughtful host.

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    1. So happy to hear from you Tish! I’m sure summer is keeping you all kinds of busy, so I am very excited to pop over to read what you’ve been doing in June.

      Loving Husband and I chanced upon a huge collection of allotment gardens at Jurong Lake Gardens the other day. We stopped to talk to one of the gardeners (and walked away with purple chilli, which we’ve never seen before, and a cutting which Loving Husband will try to grow in our balcony garden). We had such a lovely conversation with her and I thought of you. We learnt from her that we can bid for allotments in various parks across the island.

      https://www.nparks.gov.sg/gardening/allotment-gardens

      Thank you for making a Singapore connection – it really is curious that your aunt & uncle were here in the 40-50s. Your uncle must have had quite a job working telecoms at that time.

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  3. Thank you and Bushboy for taking up the reins of this challenge. It is the only thing I do in the blogging world at the moment and would really miss it. Those photos of the dumplings do make my mouth water. Love looking at your urban spaces too. Here’s my june happenings (and May as well, Last month was the first time I missed posting a changing seasons in over 3 years)
    https://retiredfromgypsylife.wordpress.com/2021/06/30/changing-seasons-june/

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    1. So glad to hear from you, Pauline! I did notice that you didn’t post in May, and was hoping you & Jack were ok. Now I know it was a trying month, particularly in the health department, so I am especially happy to see you back in this space.

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  4. Great way to combine the challenges and add it to the monthly changing seasons recap
    – I am glad you and Brian jumped in and hope sharing the load will be enjoyable
    – and those dumplings look sooooo good

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  5. Oh my those dumplings look soooooo delicious. I’ve never tried making them, but I really should as I haven’t found any really good plant-based dumplings here.

    Many thanks to you and Brian for taking over; I’m really pleased that the Changings Seasons will continue in such good hands.

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    1. I will post recipes (hopefully sooner rather than later) for the dough/skins – the filling is just your creativity going wild! I dithered for a long time before trying to make them, but after doing a few, I really can’t remember why it took me so long! (a little like the sourdough journey – took me forever to get started; thanks to your encouragement, it finally happened!) What is fun is that there are recipes for sourdough discard dumpling skins – which I haven’t yet tried, but I will.

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  6. Hi Ju-Lyn! So lovely seeing/reading you again! And your dumplings look just all so perfect!! However do you find the patience to form these precious yummies?
    So glad you and Brian are taking over from Su so she can have a break and a breather. Planning on joining soon but first need to finish drawing/painting my doodle calender for June. πŸ˜€

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    1. Glad to hear from you, Sarah! Can’t wait to see your doodle calendar for June – I am always so enthralled and entertained with poring over it and decoding what your doodles represent!

      I have been watching youtube tutorials on how to fold dumplings in different ways – it actually is easier with homemade dough because it is more pliable and easier to seal than storebought ones (which I have used in the past and did not enjoy working with).

      Hope you are having a good week. Sending a big hug!

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      1. Aww – thanks, Ju-Lyn, I’ll hurry up to finsih my doodle. πŸ˜€

        Hehe! I also love watching youtube tutorials for stuff like that, like last month when I had to find out how to attach a new drain under my bathtub. πŸ˜€
        That makes sense that homemade dough is easier to handle and to seal, I’ve once made ravioli with homemade pasta dough and with bought one and the first was definitely easier.
        Sending a big hug back! πŸ˜€ xo

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        1. No hurry at all – take your time and enjoy the process (although I am very much looking forward to it)!

          I love homemade pasta as well … we’ve made ravioli a few times but I find it difficult to manage quantity of stuffing. Maybe now that I am better with dumplings, I will be better at ravioli as well!

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          1. Actually my post is all ready but I’ve been having problems with my WP site for about a week: whenever I press the “Write” button to start a new blog post, nothing’s happening! All I get is a blank page – very frustrating! I’ve been investigating the internet for help but so far no luck. If I can’t work it out, I’ll have to start a new blog. Unless you have maybe an idea?

            I bet your homemade pasta skills are now fab after you’ve mastered the dumplings!!

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            1. Goodness! What bad luck, Sarah! Tech troubles give me the shivers! I hope you are able to resolve it ASAP. Was the WP helpdesk any help?

              Older Child is the pasta maker for the family, but working with all sorts of dough has become do-able these days!

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              1. Nope, no luck yet.

                That’s real handy to have a pasta maker in the family. πŸ˜‰ Mind if I borrow you daughter for making tortelloni? LOL! πŸ˜‰

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  7. I’m grateful for you and Brian for taking over The Changing Seasons and giving Su a break! I might join up again after we move. It might be a good way to introduce my new city and home.

    That being said, I just now noticed your little tagline ‘rediscovering Singapore’. Have I always missed that? Really like it. And those dumplings – makes me miss Chinese food SO much. Whaaaa.

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    1. Where are you moving to, Lani? Did I miss that important piece of information?!!! Looking forward to hearing all about your new home.

      I am enjoying this new focus on Singapore so I am glad I shifted to this new site. Appreciate your noticing the tagline and appreciating them dumplings with me!

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    1. Ah! Comfort food. What is your go to? Mine is instant ramen (don’t laugh) piled with lots of veggies and tofu.

      I hear you about planning an outing for a post – I find that many of our outings tend to be like that these days. Thank you for sharing your lovely finds and being the very 1st BlogFriend to post on The Changing Seasons: June 2021!!!! Woohoo!

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      1. For once I was organised, Ju-Lyn! I can’t eat my comfort food without being very ill. Bread and butter and jam. Since I’ve given up the choc-mint icecream, I have taken up plain keffir yoghurt drink with raspberries mashed up in it. I’m sure I am not meant to drink the whole litre at once. I have to spread it over two days but it nearly kills me.

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        1. I remember now, Tracy – that you have quite a few food sensitivities!

          I hear you though, eating/drinking sensible amounts is not my strong point and very often find it easier not to have it at all.

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            1. Sigh, my strategy is not full proof either, I’m afraid. I think we are all prone to dreadful choices at some time or another!

              I reckon that it’s better that we try to plan for better eating, and risk falling short sometimes, rather than not try at all!

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  8. Hi, Ju-Lyn – I absolutely LOVE dumplings! The ones that you have shown here are very inspiring!
    Thank you for linking to our upcoming What’s On Your Plate. I will be sure to pingback to this post when my post goes live (July 7). Early birds are always welcome (and encouraged) to this linkup as our latecomers. We truly have no rules! πŸ˜€

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    1. I am so glad you share in my passion for dumplings, Donna!
      and for not raising an eyebrow for an “out-of-time” posting for the challenge. Appreciate so much your flexibility!

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  9. Sounds like a terrific project. Wish I had the time to join. Unfortunately my writing projects keep me so busy that there isn’t any time for extras. Unfortunately. On a happier note…oh those dumplings look good.

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    1. I hear you Laurie! And I do know that you are extremely busy! And I do appreciate your taking time to read and converse in this space!

      It just occurs to me dumpling wouldn’t work so well for you both as you both generally avoid carbs, right?

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