Today was my first trip to Butterfly Wonderland, in Scottsdale Arizona.
It was a wonderful and fascinating experience exploring America’s largest butterfly conservatory. From learning the simple differences between moths and butterflies to seeing and photographing numerous variety of these winged wonder, I have fallen in love with the Blue Morpho Butterfly.
As these butterflies fluttered past me, they looked like turquoise and blue sapphire gems fly by. I guess they felt the attraction I felt for them as one butterfly landed right on my camera and a little while later another Butterfly on my t-shirt. It was simply wonderful.
Spices are an important part of my cooking. Traditionally, typical to Indian cooking, Spices are what make my dishes aromatic, delicious and enhance the unami of the main ingredient in the dishes.
I call myself a recipe pirate. Maybe, a bit non-conformist cook. The reason is simple, I dare to go off recipe. I do follow recipes but make some changes, tweaks or modifications along the way. And sometime i create recipes. Today is the auspicious day for creating one and here it is:
1/4 cup sweet dark chocolate
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 egg. Yolk and whites separated
3 ladyfingers (ok not okra but the Italian biscuits used for making Tiramisu)
4 teaspoon instant coffee
1/3 cup hot water
3 oz Brandy
Dissolve 1 teaspoon instant coffee in hot water and set aside. Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe dish (use the defrost setting as this avoids burning the chocolate.In a microwave safe bowl lay the lady fingers and soak them with the dissolved instant coffee and 1/2 brandy and set aside. Add the remaining coffee in a mixing bowl along with the egg yolk and remaining brandy. Mix well. Now mix in the melted or softened chocolate. Stir well and mix in the bread crumbs. In a separate bowl beat the egg whites until soft peaks form or its frothy. Softly fold this in the breadcrumb mixture. Spread this over the soaking Lady fingers and cover with microwave safe lid.
Microwave it for 2 minutes remove and serve.
A word of Caution
: This dessert might be a bit potent in alcohol.
Arizona rains are fabulous and when it rains in Arizona, it really rains. Arizona has the most number of sunny days. I like sunny days but the rains are a welcome break. The best downpours are the ones which happen along with thunder and lightning, and Arizona has this. Love the beautiful smell of rain.
Grape hyacinth are one of my favorite flowers. These are often called blue bells. I adore the beautiful blue color of grape hyacinth, especially the white lip tips they have. More information regarding Grape hyacinth can be found here.
One of my favorite rendered art print of grape hyacinth by me is the one below;
I just feel grape hyacinth are little magical clusters sometimes growing along the path in early summer.
Moon rising over Wasatch Mountains
It’s a beautiful sight watching a full moon rising over the Wasatch Mountain ranges in Salt Lake City, Utah.
One of the best spots to see this is the State Capitol Building. This location gives the viewer a full view of the majestic Wasatch Mountains on the east as well as the Great Salt Lake on the west. No matter which season, Wasatch Mountains always look appealing.
10 Reasons the Grass is greener on my side
A couple of years ago I wrote 10 consecutive status updates on Facebook with the topic- The grass is greener on my side.
Here are the top 10 reasons why the Grass is greener on my side; mind you they are a bit sarcastic in tone. 🙂
Grass is green
#10 reason the grass is greener on my side: Coz you are still wearing those ridiculous green lensed sunglasses/ glasses.
#9 reason grass is greener on my side: are you sure you are looking OVER the fence and not just at your OWN lawn?
#8 reason the grass is greener on my side: the location is not 20.6328° N, 11.2061° E
#7 reason the grass on my side is greener: do you know the phrase ‘appearances can be deceiving ‘ ?
#6 reason the grass on my side is greener: here’s the logic, grass is green. Get it … Grass is green colored. What else are you curious about
#5 reason the grass on my side is greener: every day, long hours of weeding, mowing, fertilizing, and watering under hot blazing sun … In other words, lots and lots of sacrifices.
#4 reason the grass on my side looks greener: I live close to a golf course
#3 reason the grass is greener on my side: It rains a lot here
#2 reason the grass is greener on my side: It’s artificial turf. Low maintaince. All season.
#1 reason the grass on my side is greener: I edit it constantly in Adobe Photoshop
Yellowstone national park Bisons
Yellowstone national park is home to variety of wildlife and wild bisons are the some of the most common animals at Yellowstone.
There are warning signs all over yellowstone to be aware of bisons. We did see a couple of bull bisons fight! It was pretty close to where i and Patrick were. Dangerous! This is common during mating season in Yellowstone.
Also there are cute bison calves. So fuzzy and fluffy. All in all, Yellowstone Bisons are a sight worth seeing besides the hot geysers and other natural formations due to underground volcanic activities at Yellowstone.
Jewelry, I love jewelry
and I have a small collection of both artificial, costume jewelry as well as some precious jewelry. Most of the jewelry pieces in my collection are from India.
Here are 9 beautiful jewelry pieces from my collection.
12 Beautiful Wedding Cakes. Some beautiful Wedding Cakes I saw. Ranging from traditional wedding cakes to modern wedding cakes.
Wedding cakes I saw at some locations. Styles of wedding cake, not traditional but fantastically creative! Colorful and delicious.
One of my favorite seafood recipe, invented by me is Seafood with vegetables stir fry served over curried noodles. Its spicy mouth watering goodness, satisfies the seafood lovers tummy.
I like strawberry shake, especially home made ones. My recipe replaces strawberries with chocolate covered ones. Now that’s something special! The proportions in the recipe doesn’t matter as long as the consistency of the strawberry shake is pouring consistency. Try making my style strawberry shake the next time you get some delicious chocolate covered strawberries. And hush! keep it a secret that you used chocolate covered strawberries in your strawberry shake. Let loved ones be pleasantly surprised. Go ahead and enjoy!
One of the most beautiful, and romantic gestures one can do is sharing a box of chocolate covered strawberries with their loved ones. This romantic gesture is not limited to just lovers but among friends and families too. But you don’t have to wait for someone to do this romantic gesture towards you. Get yourself some delicious chocolate covered strawberries. You deserve it. Its but the best romantic gesture you can do to show how much you appreciate and love yourself.
So go ahead and have a bite!