Kerala: Thekkady and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Kerala part 1: looking for elephants in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Close up on monkey / Thekkady Periyar Kerala India / She-Eats.com /

A trip to Kerala was the best way to see in the new year. After falling in love with the hustle and bustle of Rajisthan on our last trip to India, we were keen to see how Kerala was in comparison. It did not disappoint.

We crammed a lot into our two weeks there, and there were two distinct themes to the trip: enjoying the landscapes and wildlife and then a chance to chill out before heading home.

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Bacon and mushroom orzo ‘risotto’ – a one pan wonder

Close up of pasta with mushroom on top / Smoky bacon and mushroom orzo risotto orzotto with Germanto / She-Eats.Com

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A general new year gloom, post-holiday blues and then a damn arctic chill have left me turning to my kitchen for moral support. What I need is a hug, but failing that a bowl of delicious, soothing, warming food is a close second. And orzo risotto is something I can get onboard with, even on a busy week night.

Close up of pasta with cheese pull on a fork / Smoky bacon and mushroom orzo risotto orzotto with Germanto / She-Eats.Com

At this time of year, food needs to tick some boxes:

  • Hot
  • Easy to make – I commute and want to make fresh food when I get home that won’t take hours
  • Easy on the budget
  • Easy on the washing up
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Winter wonderland afternoon tea at The Bridge, Prestbury

Afternoon tea on a stand

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I’ve lived right by Cheshire for most of my life, yet I am always surprised by how vast it is, and how much I haven’t visited. Prestbury is a case in point. It is one of those gorgeous little villages which Cheshire is famed for, and really not far from home, but I have gone all these years without visiting. Luckily afternoon tea at The Bridge came up*, so it was the perfect opportunity to check the village out. Continue Reading