Month: December 2016
Azure was the colour of my Aunt Ola’s phone. It was almost square, cropped by two curves on alternate sides. I hardly ever touched it but I remember that one could almost completely hide it in both hands. Aunty Ola also loved wedges. She was a collector of wedged slippers, sandals and shoes which she stashed in their brand boxes, one atop another , a foot from her big bed with cozy duvets.
When I was young, I would hug her in my huggy, huggy way and we would talk about the things I thought amazing in my childlike mind. She was easy to talk to; my favourite aunt in all the world. Though I was an ‘aunties’ person, she made me forget I had many favourite aunties when I was in her company. I remember dreaming she came over to my place late one evening. My happy mind and eyes awakened, willing the dream to be true, and it was! She was right there, with her braids tucked into a black net, sleeping right beside me. Giddy, I prepared eagerly for school, knowing we would play catch up later.
But miles became hundreds of kilometres and dry season became winter. I should have ‘grabbed’ faster than the sons of Issachar that the times had changed. Hugs became less and less huggy, and conversations ran abruptly.
But I would never forget the last thing she gave me: my onesie pajamas, red and pink, with love shaped hearts too numerous to count drizzled on the cotton fabric. I loved how they smelled like clean laundry after a conditioned wash.
I think of her every night as as I peel off my day clothes and change into my red and pink hearty pajamas. But then again, I’m a ‘pajamas’ person; I have many of those as well.
Image Credit: Ose Binitie
Christmas is here again, and what better way to celebrate the season than with a whole crispy chicken?
Yup, that’s right. I present the Hellurrrandom Crispy Chicken!
A whole chicken
Kirkland crushed pepper
Jumbo chicken seasoning
Lemon Schwartz season all
3 maggi cubes
- Wash the chicken and season it with lemon, maggi cubes, jumbo chicken seasoning, salt, Lemon Schwartz season all and Soy sauce
- Mix flour and Kirkland crushed pepper, and then beat the eggs into a cup and add milk. Then mix all 4 ingredients into a paste.
- Dip the whole chicken into the paste and rub gently with a brush
- Preheat oven to 150 centigrade, and then bake the chicken for about 45 minutes
- Serve chicken with a side dish!
I took a solo trip to Cambridge by train to do something a tad adventurous. Cambridge is such an academic town. I guess that’s one of the things I like about it. It is also quiet, and nobody uses oyster cards…lol
I visited the University of Cambridge Botanic Garden and the Fitzmaurice Museum. The Botanic Garden has a couple of beautiful gardens sprawled over 60 acres of land. It’s a great place to take pictures and the people are super nice. The Glasshouse Range had so many beautiful and interesting plants. Beside the Main Lawn, there was a picturesque fountain surrounded by a another set of plants.
The Scented Garden was close to the Autumn Garden, which had really tall trees, and a lawn which seated the chair of ‘Happy Memories’. Its great view afforded me the opportunity to set my DSLR to timer, and I took pictures of myself twirling on the large expanse of land. It was a fun experience, albeit camera struggles (lol).
The Cambridge Botanic Garden had other gardens including the Winter Garden, The Stream Garden and The Woodland Garden, some of which I went to, as I was also scheduled to visit the Fitzwilliam Museum!
The Fitzwilliam Museum had three floors, with the first floor covering British and European art, the ground floor loaded with Egyptian and Greek art and the lower ground floor, Roman and Ancient Sudanese art. I caught a glimpse of old British cutlery and crockery, as well as British, Italian and Spanish fighting gear including shields, swords, clubs and machetes. With little time, I was unable to capture with my camera all the wonders of the museum in all its glory; not adding the fact that the museum allowed non-flash photography.
There was also a store that sold souvenirs and keepsakes, including jewelry, hair accessories, postcards(my favourite), Greek face statues and books some with particularly humorous titles)! Of course, I bought a couple of goodies!
I really enjoyed my trip to Cambridge with its redder-than-London brick buildings and its intellectual calm. I planned to make a date with the Bridge of Sighs and some other colleges at the University of Cambridge, but time was far spent.
I’ll definitely go back!