Food Story : My Home Garden

Wandering around in a 3 by 4 metre garden with a mango tree and some plants which I barely can name except the rose plant and the lime plant which now happens to be a mandarin plant.
I have never seen raw mandarins and assumed that the plant that we have in our garden is a lime plant. Well they are in small pots which is 12 inches in diameter and has a two feet height with the plant. Many mandarins have appeared yet none of us bothered to pluck it nor taste it until this day due to the busy life.  Ofcourse my sisters do take some time to water the plants and yea they are not my plants literally as my mum bought them. I love plants that provide fruits and flowers. I remember the days when I was around 12 I used to water the large mango tree that later provided us with mangoes. I used to pull the hose and water all trees that were big and small those thoughts make me think how childish I’ve been to water a fully grown mango tree.
The mango tree which started bearing mango provided us with many buckets of mango which were so delicious. 
We ate it raw as an achcharu or ripe as a fruit.  I probably have a post planned with mango in 3 ways.
Getting back to the mandarin plant I touched the tiny mandarin which had a shade of light yellow in it’s skin. I felt the soft and juicy flesh from the outside of it’s hard skin and decided to pluck it. The lemony strong and sour aroma was so similar to that of a lime or lemon that I asked my grandma and cousin if its lime that has got rotten. I soon started peeling the skin which came off easily and revealed the ingredient. It was a mandarin.  Light yellow flesh over layed beneath the thin white pip that had a spider web design protecting the pulp of the mandarin from getting sqeezed and preserving the shape of the fruit. Discovering that mandarins grow in my garden I was all smiles with happiness and ideas overflowing in my head while the first idea was to blog about the discovery.
I separated the mandarins into 6 pieces and served it with a few crystals of salt. Tasting my own home grown mandarin which was very sour and made my 5 and a half month old give a funny facial expression which is priceless while I was so enjoying the mandarin.
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Above the mandarin plant
Below the mandarin peeled half.
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It’s the new year and am so excited to discover more food and travel all around sri lanka before my vacation comes to a conclusion amidst my busy schedule I’ve got some exciting stuff planned keep up with my blog to learn more.
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Welcome 2014 🙂

mafaza

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A walk around Diyatha Uyana

In sri lanka after a year and a half.

It was a very fine day with a very high temperature. Unbearable heat made us decide to go for a walk in an area surrounded by water and plants. Having never visited the place encouraged us to decide the venue as  diyatha uyana for the weekend.
A large line of vehicles were awaiting in a cue to get a spot at the parking inside.  If you jump the line you dont get a parking inside. So thats what happened we had to jump the line or else we would have ended up in the cue until 7 pm.

As we entered we were welcomed by the fresh breeze of air coming from the surrounding plants and the lake.
walking was great looking at the variety of plants that were available for sale. The plants range from colorful roses to green plants, a variety of flowers and Australian grass.

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Sri Lanka has many types of items made of clay. I really love the food cooked in clay pots and now lets talk about of that later, it’s a long subject. I would like to introduce the variety of products made of clay. The products range from bird cages to cases and ornaments and even pots and pans.

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A part of the plants section at diyatha uyana.

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The walk along the river lit up with lovely lights definitely a romantic get away for those honeymooners 🙂
You can hold hands and walk in peace as the breeze kisses your chin moving your hair towards your eyes.

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A very lovely place to enjoy your BBQ? Ofcourse they do provide bbq chicken for a fee you can pay and sit back enjoying the beauty of the place while your dinner is being cooked. You’ll get the appetite soon as they fire up the bbq grill. The smell is so delicious.

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The place where the BBQ is prepared. Ofcourse a place to sit when it starts drizzling for those who dont like getting wet in the rain.

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The lake 🙂

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The big fat duck hiding from the bbq area I guess in fear of being killed for a bbq?
Its too old for a bbq 🙂

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And yes the photo shoot place. Wondering whats special?
Can’t guess?
Okay, thats fine!
Its the 3D art on the walk. Yes you can see through a naked eyes but only through your camera. You dont need a dslr my s4 did the job well.
Doesn’t it look like water or waves or both?
It does from my point of view.

Wana take the next flight to sri lanka?
You should atleast visit once if you can afford. If not no worries I will keep you posted on the beaty and thats all on travel for today.
My next post os all about the delicious srilankan cuisine.
Does it ring a bell?
yes, await the beauty of traditional srilankan food.

Thanks
Mafaza
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