Weekly Photo Challenge : Experimental (Stir-fried ice cream)


To experiments that worked out great in the end! Stir fried ice cream – who would have thought!

“Stir-fried ice cream “I-Tim-Pad” “ไอติมผัด” in Thai, ice pan ice cream, rolled ice cream or ice cream rolls is a hand made ice cream dessert made with milk poured on an iced grill, mixed with fruit or different ingredients on the ice-pan. “- Source : Wikipedia



Crushing the mixers. (Fresh berries)



Pouring the ice cream on a cold plate. (The ice cream itself had a milk like consistency. ) 



Mixing obviously 🙂 


Spreading it all out into a sheet


Finally rolling 🙂 and done. 


I am not a big fan of ice cream in general, but rolled ice cream is now an exception.  (fresh and light and of course creamy.) Not calling it a life changing experience (well it might as well be), but definitely I would not say no to rolled ice cream. 🙂 

Photos clicked at  D-bar Ice Cream, Salt Lake City, UT.

In response to the weekly photo challenge: experimental.

P.S. I cannot recall the name of the person who rolled the ice creams.  I would have liked to mention him and thank him for letting me take these pics. All I remember is he was a make up artist, but now a full time “Ice Cream Roller”! How cool is that? 🙂 



Night Sky @ Arches National Park, Utah

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What lies in front of us is but a tiny speck in what lies beyond… matters of the matter.  


This was my second attempt at capturing the mesmerizing Milky Way. The first time it was at Acadia National Park,Maine, and this time around it was at the Arches National Park, Utah.  More on my night sky photography adventures (excerpts from an absolute beginner) in a later post.

You can check out the pic from Acadia here. It looked neat to me then, but I barely edited it.

So this time,  I decided to try my hand at photo editing using GIMP, the free version of Photoshop. Still have to straighten out a few details (literally :)), reduce noise, play around with the colors  but I am happy with the pic for now. One baby step at a time. 

This was how the pic looked before editing. 


Photo clicked at the Arches National Park, Utah (from the area near the window arches)*

*as far as I remember 🙂

All Hallow’s Evening :)


A few of us got together to carve some pumpkins for halloween, it was a lot of fun and they look great for the first time I think 😀

P.S.  We used carving kits and the kit is highly recommended if you ever want to try it out.  I had used my kitchen knives earlier, which works okay but the tools in the kit make it way easier to get into more intricate designs.


Now I ain’t saying she a gold digger


An unusual visitor in the garden. I was both fascinated by and scared of this bright wasp that paid a visit to my little patio garden a few days back. Turns out it is the great golden digger wasp, a benign gentle wasp (well tell that to the insects it paralyzes) with pretty interesting behavior.

It digs tunnels, puts paralyzed but live insects in it, lays an egg and shuts the tunnel. Its larvae feed on live paralyzed insects once they hatch. The wasp inspects the tunnels before putting the insect inside. Now, if the insect is moved from its position, it will drag the insect back to the entrance of the tunnel and inspect the tunnel all over again (even if the tunnel was just inspected) before putting the insect in.  Is it  programmed behavior or a total absence of short term memory it is hard to say 🙂



Moving forward….leaving behind


The past few months have been crazy! I have been rather busy packing up the past two years of life into small and medium boxes – some sturdy, some fragile, stuffing memories into overflowing suitcases and making “see you soon” promises that probably are as empty as the house we left behind…

Moving to a new place is always exciting, but it is also painful to leave behind a place you called home, familiar faces , accustomed roads….your comfort zone.

Well here’s to new beginnings…hoping what this wise man once said is true –  “All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.”. – Robin Sharma.