Liked the way this single stalk of Orchid stood out, braving the rain and the strong breeze.
Had been for a short visit to Kerala and the heavy rains kept us indoor most of the time but from the window one can see some interesting things, like this irumban puli (Averrhoa bilimbi)
They are good as a substitute for tamarind or tomato in an emergency. They are easy to pluck as they grow low – on the trunk of the tree.
Another view from the window is this big bunch of banana.
We may have to wait for another month to cut it down, but there is no harm in cutting its flower (some call it Banana hearts) We did just that and made it into a lovely curry. (the flavour resembles that of the artichoke)
A close look at this rope showed some busy ants. When I followed their trail, I found that they were building their home in one of the low slung trees. We humans can learn a few things by observing their team work.
I spied these flowers on the drumstick tree.
Always liked the side dish that was prepared from the drumstick flower. So I collected as much as I could, and carefully removed the flowers and segregated them.
These were properly washed and soaked.
After draining the water they were sauted on slow fire. Added some grated coconut and further sauted them.
The end result was really sumptuous.
Drumstick flowers prevent frequent infection of the throat, chest and the skin.
(all pics clicked in and around the house)
Next post - some more on the Kerala trip.