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Fresh colours

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Vivid.”

The VIVIDly coloured ingredients for the Spicy Baked Eggs I made for breakfast this morning:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: A Taste of Venice

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Afloat,” as well as Writing101’s Day 2 Challenge: “A Room with a View.”

You close your eyes to appreciate this perfect moment. You are comfortably seated next to your special someone on a luxuriously upholstered seat; a warm, gentle breeze is blowing, and it enhances this feeling you have of gliding on air.

The only discernible sound is the gentle lapping of water, until the dulcet tones of a piano accordion permeate the silence with a romantic Italian melody. Suddenly a rich baritone breaks into an operatic classic by Puccini (or perhaps it’s Rossini, you can never tell the difference) and your beloved leans in for a soft kiss.

You open your eyes and the sight of your singing guide in his striped shirt and straw hat makes you smile, and you look around, expecting to be surrounded by the fading pastel hues of historic grand palazzos and gently arched stone bridges…

But – hang on a minute…this can’t be right. Trees? Parkland? Che cosa?

COAFT Afloat

No, you aren’t among the heave of tourists travelling along the Grand Canal in Venice, nor are you even in Italy.  You are, in fact, enjoying a glorious late spring afternoon gondola ride on the Charles River in Boston, USA!

Who’d have thought?

PS while we’re on the subject of ‘Afloat’ (and still in Boston)…is this not the most adorable houseboat you have ever seen?!

COAFT Afloat 2

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Fresh flavours: Prawn Laksa

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Fresh.”

Call it strange, call it convenient, but this week’s “Fresh” Photo Challenge happened to coincide with the very weekend I was considering preparing a Prawn Laksa for dinner.

There is just so much to love about classic South-East Asian flavours such as lime, chilli, fish sauce and coconut – the perfect fusion of sour, hot, salty and sweet. I’ll admit I took a shortcut and used a store-bought paste, but the results were still tastebud-tingling terrific (even if I do say so myself)!

I don’t cook fresh seafood all that often, so in case I don’t do so again for a while, this will also be…

My pick for OhMyGlai!’s Flavour of Month for April: Prawn/Shrimp

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Dessert in a flash!

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ephemeral.”

Affogato (Italian translation: “drowned”)

An indulgent combination of rich, creamy icecream drowned in hot espresso and – should you be so inclined – a sweet drop of your favourite liqueur (traditionally amaretto, but I’m personally very partial to Frangelico for a lovely hint of hazelnut).

For it to work, however, it must be prepared in the most fleeting of moments…

Dessert, coffee and a nightcap all in one…what more can one ask for?

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Oh, range o’ ‘licious treats

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time?.”

If I have to break one rule here, it’s that ALL of these images have to do with food (it kind of goes with the territory of having a specifically-themed blog), but I have gone for a bit of variety in terms of where they were taken.

It’s amazing just how much food comes in all shades of orange (and how many random food-related shots I take at any given time)…!

Baking 1, 2, 3

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Rule of Thirds.”

As it’s been way too long between blogs (due to an unexpected hiatus on account of being unwell recently), I also decided to stay on topic and combine my Weekly Photo Challenge response with another (admittedly pitiful) Poetic Hat Trick attempt for Writing201‘s third challenge.

This time the theme was Trust, the form was Acrostic, and the device Internal Rhyme:

Beaters, to mix things quick (and later lick),
Apron, to catch the spills or whatever doesn’t stick;
Knife, to help take the cake (or muffins) out,
Ingredients, which a recipe can’t do without;
Nervous, you don’t have to be, a recipe is all you need,
Go for it – you’ll be so proud of what you achieve!

Enjoy (or jest) at will 🙂