The fascinating Capri!

“The beauty is majestic, changing skies are magical, The faraglioni rock formations are miraculous, you look fascinating when those ships dot you all over!

Hey Capri, I yearn for every moment I left you, my eyes long to see you, my mind dreams of you every moment and my heart beats for you! You have so much of charm in itself.”

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Capri Visit – I visited Italy last year & loved Capri and Anacapri at first sight. A chance to visit the Faraglioni Rocks via boat/ship and witnessing Blue Grotto, a spell binding nature’s phenomenon will leave you abundant praise for the Nature.

How to reach Capri from India:

  1. Flight from India to Rome
  2. Rome to Naples via Train- Approx. 1 – 1:30
  3. Naples to Capri via Ship/ferry – 1-1:30hour

Total Time –

The only way to reach Capri is via Ship/ferry, which we took from Naples. It is worth a walk visiting those beautiful floral lanes leaving you awe struck at the beauty of blue sea. It also showcases exclusive grand clothing/ interior shopping streets[frequently visited by the richest], along with numerous eateries. Seems it could be the costliest Real estate:).

To Stay – Suggested for Budget travellers, stay at Naples and make a full day visit to Capri/Anacapri! Last ferry back to Naples is post 8pm, so you can witness amazing sunset on the sea as well having some yummy food by the side.

 

Capri Travel

Faraglioni Rock formations

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Amazing Floral lanes!

Add Capri to your Must visit list!

Melodious Sunset!

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Can the nature be Melodious? Thinking I’m crazy !!

But let me know who says that “Nature” cannot drive us crazy? Well yes it has done so..with me getting more & more glued to the amazing colours & the majesty if fold in itself.

This image was captured during an hour long watching of the gorgeous sunset over the city of Florence from “Piazza Michelangelo” on the banks of River Arno..With the beautiful city full of tunnels getting close to darkness, as the mountains in the backdrop blurred, there was a sharp light as the sun spread its orange-red hues all across amidst the skies:)

Astounding sun has so much to say & sing along as the city sleeps when its goes down & the birds fly all over chirping when sun wakes up:) .It reflects the cycle embedded even in our daily lives !

Milan The fashion Capital

guys ,just a glimpse of the amazing Duomo & “the scintillating Cemetery” ,ever seen for the first time..

Cemetery is gonna make you highly uncomfortable ,u’ll hum the goodness & have mercy but at the same time ,u’ll bring along the accolades for the artists who were brave enough to capture such emotions!

First DUOMO :

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The Grand Duomo ! Tower it up to see the beautiful world down!

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The close watch of the intricacy ! Its gorgeous ! 

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Square from the top! Some amazing belly dancer performance was going on!

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Replica of GOLDEN image atop DUOMO – Captured @Catedral

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Duomo & the GOLDEN IMAGE(topmost at the duomo) @Starry Rainy Night!

& Here comes the CEMETERY :

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The vastness! Can you guess(2.5lac Sqm) ..That’s the entrance?

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@Cimitero Monumentale di Milano! just capture the emotions

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No words to express!Grief struck emotions!

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Love of relations!

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The collection is huge! The area is vast ! & the emotions last! It was really one of the most amazing places I’ve seen!

More Images & Posts to come soon..Keep watching!

Popeye –The marinaio Pasta

Popeye - The sailor Man:)

Popeye – The sailor Man:)

“I’m Popeye the Sailor(Pasta) Man,
I’m Popeye the Sailor(Pasta) Man.
I’m strong to the finich
Cause I eats me spinach.
I’m Popeye the Sailor Man”.. The Spinach pasta man
J
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Source of Inspiration: My 7 yrs old Niece J

“Her hate for Spinach..

Her love for Baby corns ..

Her hate for nutritious foods..

Her love for cheese ..

Her hate for chapatti & Bottle gourds ..

Her love for Pasta & Broccoli’s ,It says it all” J

So me, being her most lovable maasi & best friend to dear sister ,I had to innovate a perfect recipe that would be happily prepared by my sis & loved by my neice..

I had to brainstorm ,put my busy mind to work ,& yo I came up with a lovely character : Popeye ,The sailor man ,one who loved spinach & grew strong ,his jingles we sang in childhood..Aww..Those were lovely days & when clubbed with Spinach Pasta ,won’t it give a boost to our kids as well as us?

Well ,do try out this tongue twister recipe & I’m sure kids are gonna love this pasta (with spinach) ,as much as my niece relishes ..

Overall Preparation time: 30-40 minutes

Serves : 3-4 people

Utensils Required:

  • Sauce Pan’s
  • Bowls
  • Spoons
  • Fork
  • Chopper
  • Mixer –Grinder

Ingredients:

Veggies :

  1. 300 gram – DelMonte Chifferi Rigati Pasta https://www.facebook.com/DelMonteIndia
  2. 7-8 pcs – Small Baby corn
  3. 2 bunches broccoli trimmed from the stem
  4. 15-20 olives  slices
  5. 400 gram – Spinach
  6. 2 tomatoes /1 big tomato chopped
  7. 2-  Onions
  8. 8-10 garlic cloves
  9. Olive Oil -2 tea spoon

For Flavour:

  1. 1/2 tea spoon garam masala
  2. 1/2 tea spoon red chilli
  3. 1/4 tea spoon black pepper
  4. Salt as per the taste
  5. 1 tea spoon sugar (optional)

For White sauce:

  1. 200 ml -Toned milk
  2. 1 1/2 tea spoon butter
  3. 2 tea spoon Maida
  4. 1/2 tea spoon White pepper
  5. Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Cheese :

1/2-3/4 bowl Grated Cheddar cheese

2 cheese slices

Preparation of Gravy/Puree:

  1. Spinach Puree –
    1. Thoroughly wash spinach under running water twice/thrice
    2. Heat in a pan & bring it to boil for next 7-8 minutes
    3. Let it cool
    4. Wash with cold water ,blanching gives a thick consistency to it
    5. Grind it in a mixer & keep it aside
  2. Tomato Puree –
    1. Chop tomatoes & grind it along with sugar (optional) & keep it aside
  3. Onion –Garlic Puree –
    1. Again mix onion & garlic & grind it ,keep it aside
  4. White Sauce –
    1. Bring the milk to boil
    2. Add butter & maida in another pan ,stir it till it gets a paste form ,cook for 3-4 minutes
    3. Add milk to the cooked maida –butter paste & stir it continuously till it thickens
    4. Add white pepper to it & cook for next 5-8 minutes
    5. Add Oregano to the final paste


Receipe :

  •  Boil Broccoli &corn for some 4-5 minutes, add olives to the boiled veggies & keep it aside. 
  • Boil Pasta for 10-12 min on medium flame , (add pinch of salt & olive oil to it), drain & wash with cold water & keep it aside



Since the basic requirements are done, let’s start with our “Popeye Pasta” –Kid’s yummilicious pastaJ

Step by step Directions :

  • Add olive oil to the pan, let oil heat for 2 minutes.
  • Add Onion garlic mixture to it & sauté it until it turns golden brown (Raw& pureed pic attached)




  • To it add tomato gravy & add flavours as Garam masala ,Red chilli ,Black pepper ,salt & let it boil for next 5 minutes (till oil starts leaving pan’s sides)


  • Add Spinach gravy & let it boil for next 5-8 minutes


  • Once gravy thickens ,add cheese slice & white sauce to it



  • Once this gravy becomes little thick add the veggies (broccoli ,corn ,olives) kept aside to it & let it simmer for next 5 minutes
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  • To this add boiled DelMonte Rigati pasta & mix thoroughly & keep simmering for next 3-5 minutes.
  • Add Oregano seasoning & lots of grated cheddar cheese.



  • Finally top it with nutritious sesame seeds & serve this delicious ,nutritious popeye pasta to kids as well as adults ( Optional Tomato Ketchup as dressing )

    Special Instruction:
    This yummilicious healthy pasta is a must try ,if not ,it may corrupt other contestants minds;)
Yes I love Popeye Pasta:)

Yes I love Popeye Pasta:)