I know this sounds silly, but I was elated to see mangrove trees in real life. It was like a scene from the Life of Pi movie – stunning!
It rained a little that morning, but the weather held up for us to go on an airboat ride.
We reluctantly put on our long pants, windbreakers, shoes and socks before the tour, but we were very glad that we did once we started to speed through the mangrove forests.
It was also interesting to see where the salt water and fresh water meet.
Wildlife doing their thing.
However, we did not get to see any alligators on this trip
We went with the Everglades City Airboat Tours in January. Our guide did a good job briefly explaining the geography and the ecology of the Everglades while on tour. However, he also mentioned that we won’t be seeing any alligators because it was too cold for them that day only after we took off (I think he said that they won’t come up to the surface if the temperature is below 26C?). He could have mentioned this crucial information beforehand. We would have come back on a warmer day otherwise.
Comfortable seats and a friendly captain though, but was it worth the money? Not really, no.
When S and I were in Florida last month, one of the first places we visited was the Blue Spring State Park to go see the manatees.
Past experiences have taught us not believe everything we hear or read about tourist attractions, so we went there expecting not to see much at all. It was a warm sunny day so we were thinking of taking a stroll around the park anyway. Then we arrived at the park and were both mind-blown at how nice this place was. Located just a few metres away from the car park was this; a little sanctuary.
When we followed the wooden walkway lined with spanish moss plants, we found these giant blobs hanging in the water. MANATEES!
Some just hovered around in one place and others swam around very elegantly like Japanese Koi fishes, then there were these two.
They came up to the surface to say hi a few times, then bumped into each other like two very clumsy hippopotamus’ too tired to swim.
I’m used to eating hard crust breads in Switzerland now, but every once in a while I’ll crave the soft and fluffy ones I grew up with in New Zealand.
Although my mum was a fantastic cook, she never baked breads or any kind of desserts in the oven, so I grew up thinking that fresh bread was only available at the supermarket – fluffy, square and pre-sliced to fit the toaster – for the majority of my childhood. My child-brain associated hard-looking crusty breads as stale day-old breads and could never understand why people went to the bakery to buy them on purpose.
Anyway, I don’t know what triggered my craving for them again, but I wasn’t keen on the idea of buying them. I’ve heard too many unpleasant things about supermarket-bought soft breads and rolls, so I opted to make something a tad bit more healthy at home.
This super easy whole wheat dinner rolls recipe did the trick. I added a little more honey to the recipe and sprinkled poppy seeds over the top. These rolls pull apart really easily and taste absolutely divine. However, do keep in mind that the honey will add a sweet kick to the overall taste of these rolls so they may not go so nicely with all kinds of dish, sides or fillings.
Sometimes I like to make a lot of rice in advance to use it in other dishes throughout the week. Normally I tend to make chinese-style fried rice on the following day, but this time I wanted to cook something slightly fancier for dinner.
Upon reading this post I got inspired to make my own version of the stuffed tomatoes using only what I had in stock.
I’m glad to say that it turned out delicious, and I’m not just saying that.
These stuffed tomatoes went so well with a bottle of Chianti and some green salad on the side.
Here’s a batch of lemon crinkle cookies to brighten up your cold winter’s day. I didn’t have everything the original recipe by Busy but Healthy asked for, so I rolled with what I had and they turned out just fine.
Ok, I’ve never had crinkle cookies before so I really can’t tell you whether mine turned alright, but they did taste very good. I know they don’t look that appetizing in the picture, but seriously, soft chewy lemon cookies FTW! (FYI, these lemon crinkle cookies look amazing though, right? Her take on the recipe motivated me to try it out myself)
Please do follow the original recipe for a smoother and softer finish. Mine turned out rather crumbly because I used butter and coarsely ground oats and almonds. Delicious, nonetheless!