Archive | May 2015

Berry Lemon Oven Pancake

I liked this recipe and hope to try it very soon

Swirls and Spice

Oven pancakes are faster and easier than you might think.  There’s a good reason why the Swedes, Germans, and Dutch are known for them.  Not only are “Dutch babies” or oven pancakes delicious, you can whip up the batter in less than five minutes.  Pop it in the oven and 25 minutes later, a hot breakfast is served!

Berry Lemon Oven Pancake | Swirls and SpiceI usually wake up hungry.  But pancakes seem like a little too much work sometimes because they have to be monitored and flipped.  Not so with an oven pancake.  Your one dish or skillet slides into the oven and you are free until the pancake is done baking.  A slice of warm berry lemon pancake tastes wonderful with maple syrup, which counterbalances the tart fruit flavours inside.

In recent weeks maple sap has been running in Ontario, Quebec, and certain northern parts of the U.S.   Apart from commercial syrup makers, a vigilant…

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Ballerina and her dancing dog – Free style

Sandra and Lizzy’s  dance is absolutely brilliant. I wonder how long it took to train the dog. Amazing canine!

Friday Funnies – Church Organist

Miss Muriel, the church organist, was in her eighties and was a spinster all her life.

She was admired for her sweetness  and  kindness to all.

One afternoon the young pastor came to call on her. She invited him into her quaint sitting room to have a seat while she prepared tea. 

As he sat facing her old musical instrument, an organ, the young minister noticed a cut-glass bowl sitting on top of it. The bowl was filled with water. In the water floated, of all things, a condom.  When she returned with tea & scones, they began to chat. The pastor tried to stifle his curiosity about the bowl of water  and  its strange floater, but soon it got the better of him and he could no longer resist.

“Miss Muriel”, he said, “I wonder if you would tell me about this?” pointing to the bowl. “Oh, yes” she replied, “isn’t it wonderful ?”

I was walking through the park a few months ago and found this little package on the ground. The directions said to place it on the organ, keep it wet and that it would prevent the spread of disease. Would you believe, I haven’t had the flu all winter “

(read on an e- mail)

Marigold flowers enveloped in a stone- bowl (WPC: “Enveloped”)


Marigold flowers enveloped in a stone-bowl photo: saba-thambi


Marigold flowers at Auroville, Pondicherry, India


“Yes, a deep lesson from the postage stamp. It attaches itself to a moveable material, the envelope and gets going. A good relationship keeps you going forward; a bad one keeps you static. Attach yourself to someone who is also going forward and you will also get there.”    ― Israelmore Ayivor

The entry is in response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge:  “Enveloped.”

பாலைவன ரோஜா (அடினியம் ஒபிஸம்) ( Desert Rose – adenium obisum)

Beautiful Desert Rose

Beautiful Desert Rose

Dessert rose 2 Dessert rose 3

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பாலைவன ரோஜா (அடினியம் ஒபிஸம்) ( Desert Rose – adenium obisum).

Intricate work on Taj Mahal Walls (WPC: Intricate)

 Intricacy and India go hand in hand.  The 16th century white marble mausoleum, Taj Mahal leads the intricacy work not only in India but also in the world.

The  white marble walls of the monument are  inlaid with semiprecious stones such as jade, amethyst, lapis lazuli carnelian etc. Inlaid stones are polished and leveled to the surface of the marble walls using a technique referred as pietra dura.

Intricate depiction of flowers and vines also have been carved into the marble stone and polished to reflect in the sunlight. Below is a minute section of the intricate work of the magnificent monuement  of  an Persian Architect.

Intricate work on White Marble (Taj Mahal) Photos: Saba-Thambi Jan2015

Intricate carvings on white marble and pietra dura techniques on dados (lower part of the wall) (Taj Mahal)
Photo: Saba-Thambi Jan2015


Dados (lower part of the walll) on the wall of Taj Mahal (photo : Saba-Thambi)


Close-up view of the dado depicting the carvings and motifs of flowers (Taj Mahal) Photo- Saba-Thambi Jan 2015


Flowers and vines are carved on the white marble and flower motifs as border(Taj Mahal)


Another close-up view of the inlaid semiprecious stones.


A detailed floral pietra dura with coloured stones (Taj Mahal)


Part of the border with semi precious stones.

The above post is in response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Intricate.”

All of the entries are great but  some of them are above all:.

1. Roman Empire Mosaics

2. Fibonacci (Nature’s intricacy)

3. Myanmar Temples

4. Cambodian Bamboo Bridge