|A whopping 14 inch poinsettia flower atop the neighbors' 8 foot high tree. (Yes, poinsettias are trees here!)|
Oh, it's that most wonderful time of the year! I'm certain there were some INTERESTING family chats over Thanksgiving dinner in America after this year's election. I hope you survived Black Friday. I know when I lived in the US I'd go into self imposed exile from Black Friday until mid January as the frenzied holiday shopping put me in a less than festive mood. Thank Allah for internet shopping, eh?
In other news, it was my husband and my blog's birthday last week on the 25th too. Above you see the coconut tres leches cake I made hubby for his birthday. (It had to be a sheet cake as it needed to travel so pardon the awkward crop.) And yes, over 90,000 views and 188 posts later I'm still blogging!
I've had a lot of fun learning about blogging and food photography. I'm sure my readers are very happy to see my photography progress from the atrocity you may witness above. (Really, Bibi, what were you thinking? Could that photo be any more over exposed and over saturated? What's up with that angle? The dish looks like it's tipping over! The yellow's dialed up to near oblivion! The focus is on the garnish fergawd's sake! ) To the less atrocious photo you see below-
Yay! I've improved. If you peruse the internets you'll see a lot of abandoned blogs. Apparently bloggers who continuously improve are less likely to give up blogging. It doesn't seem to matter how slowly you improve, as long as you IMPROVE. A lot of food bloggers leave the photos from their early posts to show how much they've progressed in the quality of their photography. Eh, I don't know. Some of my early stuff I think I need to reshoot (and have) because the photos are so bad no one would ever try the recipe! And those recipes are really good! Plus, the idea of this blog was to put my recipes in writing with attractive photos so I can publish them in a book for my relatives and friends later on. I'm really liking photography, maybe someday I'll get a REAL camera instead of just using my smartphone?
In other news, India's demonetization scheme is still a mess. Tourists in India are now only allowed to exchange 5,000INR a week. (That's a meager $73USD!) To add to the fiasco the federal banking authority of Nepal declared last Friday that Nepalis should not accept the new Indian 2,000 or 500 INR notes as they have not determined if they are legal or not yet. So I wouldn't advise visiting India for quite a while! If you're not carrying Indian rupees though- Nepal's not having problems so come and visit!
Here's a 4 pm local traffic jam at our crossroads involving a tourist bus, a school bus, six buffalo, and a truck unloading gas cylinders. Last year at this time there was an ongoing political border blockade between Nepal and India so you would have seen hardly ANY vehicles as petrol was scarce. The gas cylinders you see in the above photo were being rationed as a result of the blockade too. What few gas cylinders that got through the blockade were rationed and therefore chained together with name tags on them. This year there's no rationing and no problems! You'll be happy to know those water buffalos eked their way between the oncoming school bus and the tourist bus.
Just so you don't think it's all rocks and livestock roaming the streets here - this is one of our local 5 star properties, the Himalayan Front Hotel. The hotel is nestled in the perfect location of Sarangkot with magnificent mountain views from every luxurious room. There's plenty to do if you tire of lounging around the pool! Hiking, paragliding, zip flying, birdwatching, souvenir shopping, or a cultural tour of the local village are all just minutes away.
Just look at that view! Amazing, huh?
That's all the news that's fit to spit around here, stay sane during these Happy Holidaze!