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Birding in Madhurekere Lake, Bangalore

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Well then, time to shake off the lethargy and burrow my way out of this hole I had dug for myself. I have hibernated enough, I reckon. Time to rise and shine, my dear! But then, don’t be fooled. While I was resting my blogging fingers in my self-imposed hiatus, I was actually running around chasing birds and wildlife, right from the coasts of Udupi to the hills of North-East India. I have been traipsing around breathtakingly beautiful locales, trudging up wild trails and sloshing through muddy tracks in search of elusive species. Such adventure, I tell you. *Deep breath* So, where do I start from? Let’s start from somewhere close - my backyard in Bangalore. When I say backyard, I don’t exactly mean my backyard (I live in a bee-hive apartment, sadly) but a place that is around 20 kms away from my home. But, just because I live in North Bangalore and the place I am talking about is in the same zone, I have a soft corner and I feel very neighbourly towards it. Madhurekere, it is then. The h…

Crispy Chicken Wings in Air Fryer

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Helloooo there! I am in such a chirpy mood today, can you tell? All because I could really relax during the long Independence Day weekend.

For a change, we did not travel out of Bangalore anywhere, this time. The husband was busy holding a charity event in our building complex on occasion of Independence Day and it almost felt as if there was a wedding in the family! 

So, while he kept on running around, I put up my feet comfortably at home and stirred up some lazy, easy-peasy dishes. One of my favourite ‘go-to’ lazy dishes is grilled honey-drizzled chicken wings. Now that I have the air fryer and find it more easy to use and it is non-messy, I decided to make a batch of chicken wings. It turned out superbly crisped and glazed.

Here’s how I made the chicken wings:

Crispy chicken wings in air fryer



Ingredients:

1 kg chicken wings, washed and pat dry

For the marinade:

2 tablespoons each of soya sauce, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce and vinegar

1 tablespoon crushed garlic

1 teaspoon pepper, or…

The Long Chase...

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“…and then a low growl was heard in the bushes. Our vehicle crept a bit closer and suddenly who should leap out of it but a monstrous tiger!”
I made the action of a leaping tiger, my hands raised above my head menacingly, as my son squealed in delight.
“And then?” he asked, his big doe eyes looking at me expectantly.
“And then? The beast began charging at us, roaring with all its might. The driver reversed the jeep as fast as he could. Our hearts were frozen with fright but we kept on clicking away our camera. It was the experience of a lifetime, after all. Finally, after chasing us for almost a kilometer, the tiger gave up and disappeared amidst the shrubbery.”
“And then?” the little boy was relentless with his query.
“And then, we came back to the resort,” I said with a sigh. “Story over. Go to sleep, now.”
As I tucked him into the blanket, the husband who was pretending to be asleep for fear of being made to tell a story, gave me a wry look and snorted “You could have very well told him …

Whole roast chicken in an air fryer

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It seems like an eon since I last wrote about food. I am back to my blog after a long hiatus and I am still hobbling around a bit, maybe it will take some time for me to get back my writing mojo.
To be honest, I have not been experimenting much with food lately. Have just been cooking normal stuff, barring a few twists here and there.
And then, I got a new appliance as a housewarming gift the other day. The current hot pick of the season – the air fryer! Everywhere I turned to, I saw people cooking with the air fryer and exclaiming what a superb boon it was to the kitchen. I made a wry face and said “Oh yeah?” I had taken it to be another new cooking fad, which would soon be forgotten in a few months. I mean, I hardly cook anything in my microwave oven, except thawing/heating food and making the random chocolate mug cake for my son. In comparison, I use my conventional oven (OTG) much frequently.
So, when I opened the carton that arrived at my home and found the air fryer there, I did n…

Incredible Hampi Part 2: Birding in Hampi

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“Hampi is a wonderland.”
It took me 6 years to visit Hampi and realize this fact, although it was one of the top places people referred to when you asked anyone for interesting weekend getaways from Bangalore.
Hampi, till I visited it, represented an image of temples and monuments drowning in a deluge of visitors. The thought of being jostled around while angling for a better view did not appeal to me much. And therefore, I avoided the place.
Circa 2015, one fateful rainy day in October, I visited Hampi. Then, I visited it again in sunny December (2015).
Read Part 1 here.
Irrepressibly, I had fallen head over heels in love with the place.
While Hampi is predominantly known for its glorious ruins, and rightly so, I was equally impressed with the sheer variety of avian species this region harboured. Its stark, arid, boulder-strewn landscape hid amidst itself some of the most beautiful and colourful birds that I had come across. Of course, it is difficult to observe them from close quarters…