4th of July fireworks in Colorado Springs are awesome because of all the military presence in the area. Firework shows started on Saturday, with random ones going off all through the night and more on Sunday night. Unfortunately for my friends and I, we missed the show at the Fort Carson Military Base on Sunday…who would have though that they would start earlier than the time posted..? We managed to get to the Air Force Academy’s show at the Falcon stadium on time though, andthat was a beautiful show to see. It was a great night to have a picnicc while enjoying great company and good music. The fireworks show started off with a 21-gun-salute, and then went on for half-an-hour accompanied by music.
I love good eating good food, and since I’ve moved out of the big dorms, have gotten into cooking. Nothing too gourmet or anything fancy, but just really trying my hand at all the different cuisines out there. My favorite recipe website is http://www.tastespotting.com/ and I salivate every time I look at all the pictures. The site has all types of recipes and its nice when I can see what my food it supposed to look like. This site also opens up a whole new world of food bloggers, and you would not believe the number of foodies out there. The summer is the best time to experiment because there’s all this fresh produce left and right and I have a lot more free time then I do during the school year.
This is one of my most recent recreations:
Spicy Chicken Wings
500 gms chicken wings (skin on)
2 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp ginger paste
2 tbs vinegar
1 tbs chili sauce
1 tbs ketchup
1 tsp red chili powder
salt to taste
For the sauce:
1 tbs oil
2 green chilies, chopped finely
2 tbs tomato paste
salt to taste
1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp paprika powder
2 tsp cayenne powder
2 tbs hot sauce
chopped coriander to garnish
Marinade the wings in the ingredients listed for at least half an hour or more. Broil in the oven on high heat until cooked and just beginning to char.
In the meantime, prepare the sauce by heating the oil. Add to it the chopped green chilies and stir fry for 30 seconds. Add all the rest of the ingredients and stir fry for 2-4 minutes until cooked through. You can add up to 1/4 cup of water at this stage if you want a thinner sauce. Add the grilled chicken wings and toss to coat. Garnish with coriander.
Summer is for reading! No matter what else you are doing, summer is the best time of the year to do some of the reading you’ve been putting off for the whole year. And in Colorado Springs, in such beautiful, gorgeous weather, it’s almost a crime not to. I recently finished reading Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire and am currently waiting for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest to be returned to the library so that I can finish the series. They are great books, but I must also confess that I love books on espionage, conspiracies, social deviance and a little (read a LOT) of action is always the cherry on top.
That being said, I will read anything I can get my hands on. Right now, I’m reading The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy and The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. Yes! at the same time. Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey is also on my nightstand, although I don’t get to it as often, I’ll typically read a chapter a week. I’d been waiting to read these books the whole year, but just never quite had the time, that little thing called school. This is just the beginning, so there will be more ramblings about what I’m reading. And just remember, what ever else you are doing, SUMMER IS FOR READING!