HUSH, WALLS HAVE EARS

A short drive off the Yamuna Expressway , in a farm at Village Parsaul in Greater Noida.

It seems the horse was actually listening to our conversation.

Do notice how the tips of the ears are turned inwards.

Walls do have ears
Walls do have ears

Experts please identify the breed. 

Have been nominated for an award. Am happy, what the award is about, am clueless.

Nominated for the Liebster award
Nominated for the Liebster award

What is not as abstract is that I posted all of 50 blogs. All within a month.

50 Posts
Yeah, 50 Posts

ALL THE WAY THROUGH A FOREST OF MUSHROOMS: 9 YUMMY STEPS TO HEAVEN

Oranges

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ALL THE WAY THROUGH A FOREST OF MUSHROOMS: 9 YUMMY STEPS TO HEAVEN

Heaven was definitely at THE GREENHOUSE ON THE RIDGE that evening.  ( a pop up restaurant within OLIVE at Mehrauli, New Delh) . Hope you have read the earlier chapters in this series of blogs.

Master Chef Sujan and his magical conjurers had laid out 9 steps or courses to divinity.

I am sharing these with you.

non veg
Non Veg
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Veg

I was in Heaven, what tastes ,what flavours and what to say of the feast for the eyes.

Oranges
Oranges

Come lets take the last steps together.

I draw your attention to the lovely bowls made in Manipur and the lovely handcrafted  spoons.

Details like this accentuate the experience from Ordinary to EXTRAORDINARY.

7th course
7th course

This forest of mushrooms was laid out on a marvelous bed of and assortment of  grains.It was an assortment of flavours which burst on your taste buds.

forest of mushrooms
forest of mushrooms

Paired with this visually delightful WHISKY COCKTAIL, can  HEAVEN be better? See the menu above for details.

whisky?
whisky?

The final steps are always the sweetest. Here too the magicians did not fail in surprising us.

The transparent Litchi looking fruit is called LONGAN. Had never even heard of it , let alone taste it?

8th course
8th course

Take a break with  a “Havana” Cigar ? The chef brings these lovely chocolate cigars in a bed of liquid nitrogen. The smoke is the nitrogen turning to its gaseous state at room temperature.

The signature white Carnations maintain the link in this series of blogs.

cigars?
cigars?

The final and 9th step to HEAVEN had all the guests in raptures, with wow, oohs, aahs .

Have a look yourself?

broken egg?
broken egg?

It was a fabulous and delicious treat. The ‘shell’ was an extra thin meringue which simply melted on the tongue.The ‘yellow yolk ‘ was a smooth citrus lemony mousse.

The 9th step was truly the ultimate , THIS WAS HEAVEN in THE GREENHOUSE ON THE RIDGE.

egg has gone
Polished off in seconds

The surprises did not end, as I spotted a bit of the ridge well-preserved in the kitchen.

The Kitchen work table had been built around these rocks.

the ridge peeps into the kitchen
the ridge peeps into the kitchen

We leave this magical cottage and step into the cover of the Banyan tree , which is also the outdoor section of the  mother ship ( restaurant)  OLIVE.

OLIVE and the outdoor seating under the BANYAN tree.
OLIVE and  the BANYAN tree.

Have a great Sunday, Its curtains for my FIRST FOOD BLOG.

Do share this heavenly experience with those you love dearly.

TIGERS AND HISTORY

A mere three hours by train ( August Kranti from Nizamuddin to Sawai Madhopur) from New Delhi and you reach one of the most Enchanting and mesmerizing forests of  India.: Ranthambore Tiger National Park, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan.

Ranthambore Tiger National Park has a high density of Tigers and an extremely dry deciduous forest.This  Wonderful combination almost  ensures sighting a Tiger ( English), Sher ( Hindi), Panthera tigris ( Scientific name) .

dry forest
Dry Deciduous Forest in the Month of May ( Peak Summer Month)

It is home to the famous 19 year old  Diva “Macchli” and the  Majestic Hunk  “Ustaad”.

Ustaad was unfortunately shifted to  Sajjangarh, near Udaipur after being  labelled a man eater under mysterious and controversial circumstances in May 2015.

eyes of the Tiger
The Eyes of the Tiger

The forests of Ranthambore  are nestled in the Aravalli range of mountains . The trees are adapted to the dry environment and thus relatively stunted and with smaller leaves.

The “MAGIC” of Ranthambore is the mix of History with the Forest.The Ranthambore Fort built centuries ago is today in the heart of Tiger Country.

Where else can you see Tigers in a Fort or a Palace ,now in ruins, overrun with Banyan trees.

The forest has numerous Hunting Palaces from an era gone by and is also home to a massive Ranthambore Fort.

ranthambore fort and forest
The Ramparts of the Fort in the midst of deciduous  Forest

It is also home to an unusual temple dedicated to the Elephant headed Lord Ganesha.

To date Wedding cards in Rajasthan are first addressed to the ruling deity Lord Ganesha whose blessings are a must for an auspicious start.

the road to the temple
The Lake outside the Ganesh Temple within the Ranthambore Fort

There is also a unique Hanuman ( Balaji)  temple in the midst of the “river of sorrow” , the Chambal. One bank of the river is Rajasthan and the other Madhya Pradesh.

the hanuman temple
An Open Temple in Ranthambore Fort dedicated to  Hanumanji

The flora and fauna at Ranthambore is spectacular and indeed unique.

For residents of Delhi, a walk through the Aravalli Biodiversity Park is a must before you visit Ranthambore. You can then compare an Urban Forest to a Forest of the King.

flora and fauna

What say, would you like to learn about the Flora and Fauna  of the Aravallis? Let us discover the magic together.

It has been a year since i entered the World of blogging, am now giving the initial Blogs a makeover. Many of the blogs a year ago had only 10 likes or under. I am re blogging these posts while keeping the initial  thoughts intact.