a slideshow of sorts

One of these evenings, I’ll provide a more insightful post about our recent trip overseas, documenting everything from magic shows to night swims to elephant rides.  Unfortunately, that night is not tonight. I can, however, share my favorite snaps from our trip to the enchanting country that is India.

Heath and Ranjana looking for shells on an Indian Ocean beach.

Heath and Ranjana looking for shells on an Indian Ocean beach.

Nick and Mark admiring their first view of the Indian Ocean.

Nick and Mark admiring their first view of the Indian Ocean.

An inside view of a rickshaw, of which there are thousands on any street at any time.

An inside view of a rickshaw, of which there are thousands on any street at any time.

Commercial Street—Bangalore's shopping district.

Commercial Street—Bangalore’s shopping district.

Courtney has to show the monkey she has no more food.

Courtney has to show the monkey she has no more food.

A wide array of curries to choose from.

A wide array of curries to choose from.

The temple elephant.

The temple elephant.

Heath admires a view that was too good not to pull over for.

Heath admires a view that was too good not to pull over for.

Who are you looking at?

Who are you looking at?

A fisherman's boat resting on the beach.

A fisherman’s boat resting on the beach.

One of many "jump pics" we gals had to indulge in throughout the trip.

One of many “jump pics” we gals had to indulge in throughout the trip.

On the sands of Turtle Beach.

On the sands of Turtle Beach.

Masala Tea for sale on a mountain top.

Masala Tea for sale on a mountain top.

Miles and miles of tea.

Miles and miles of tea.

An Indian market.

An Indian market.

Making ourselves at home in a field of rice patties.

Making ourselves at home in a ride paddy.

Smiling faces from a rickshaw on Munnar.

Smiling faces from a rickshaw on Munnar.

Rickshaws adorned in marigolds.

Rickshaws adorned in marigolds.

Cab ride? Anyone?

Cab ride? Anyone?

River fish. As boney as it is delicious.

River fish. As boney as it is delicious.

The men pull on the Chinese fishing nets to see what they have caught (nothing).

The men pull on the Chinese fishing nets to see what they have caught (nothing).

Mark embraces his new bride.

Mark embraces his new bride.

Mountains in the morning.

Mountains in the morning.

Nick and Melissa enjoying the view from the house boat.

Nick and Melissa enjoying the view from the house boat.

Well digging is tough work.

Well digging is tough work.

Temple art.

Temple art.

House boats in the backwaters of Kerala, where we spent a memorable evening.

House boats in the backwaters of Kerala, where we spent a memorable evening.

I can’t wait to share more in words (once they are ready of course).


Indian food: a doodle house favorite

In an effort to recreate a dish we often order at favorite restaurant Clay Pit, I invented this very crude, completely unauthentic but incredibly delish Indian dish. It’s Heath’s favorite, so I thought I would share.

Chicken Coconut Curry, Serves 2-4

1 chicken breast fillet
1 can coconut milk
4-6 small red potatoes
2 cloves garlic
1/2 onion diced
[Amounts of the following ingredients should be determined according to taste. For strong, powerful dishes use more curry powder. For sweeter, increase ginger and brown sugar. And for spicier, go heavier on the red chili pepper]


brown sugar
ginger
yellow curry powder
dried bay leaves
crushed red chili pepper
olive oil

Sauté potatoes, onion and garlic in large skillet over medium high heat. When potatoes are nearly cooked add in chicken, brown sugar, ginger, curry powder, dried bay leaves and crushed red chili pepper. Cook about 10 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add coconut milk and let simmer on low for about 10 more minutes. Serve over rice.

It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s mighty fine.