|Time for afternoon tea and it's an upside down orange cake!|
|Muti-coloured bougainvilleas in bloom at Smita's place|
Smita lives in a house with a spacious garden. It's always a treat to walk around her garden. The picture above shows the path leading towards the backyard. More bougainvillea here and a couple of flowering weeds on the flower bed. No wonder the butterflies come in amazing numbers! There's always something interesting like the kite's nest across the pond and the huge hive that the bees left behind. As we sipped our juice and snacked on delicacies, a the vivid blue of a kingfisher flashed past and a mongoose was busy going around its business....
I took pictures of some of the fruits of the season. Seen above are (left) custard apple and (right) star fruit. Coming back to the cake, I loved the taste in the trifle pudding.
|Smita's orange souffle and trifle pudding|
The cake, as with all citrusy cakes was moist and delicious. I couldn't resist taking the cake upstairs on my terrace and photographing it against the (almost) setting sun. The sky this afternoon was a beautiful orange.
Meanwhile I hope the basil, chives, and lemon grass do well in my garden. As I type this, Smita and her family are in the city of Sochi in Russia for the Winter Olympics. Her son-in-law Shiva Keshavan is the first Indian to compete in Luge at the Winter Olympics. He's the fastest Indian on ice and the youngest ever Luge Olympian in the world. I wish him all the best. May he do our country proud!
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