A MOMENT TO REFLECT
Look inward, turn backward, and sit and watch the summer sun dip in the horizon. It’s the best feeling in the world. I like the idea of wandering off into nature to pick flowers and wild berries. There is an educational element as well as a reflective mood about it. Then head to a private spot and prepare a picnic on the beach. If you can share such an experience with family and friends, that’s a plus. If not, there is nothing wrong with being alone in the middle of nowhere, enjoying what nature has to offer. In the past, our beach parties usually began with a game as we swim out to the open sea. We take turn to dive underwater and pick something out of the seabed. The idea is to try and fish something with our bare hands that will make it into our dinner plates. But, it isn’t that easy. On the surface, the sea water is luke warm. Underwater, the freeze starts at the fingertips then slowly travels to engulf your entire body. Also, as you swim further out, the water becomes darker, making it difficult to see beneath the surface. However, the person who brings back the least hunt, will be the one who prepares and cooks the meal for the camp. So, there is always a lot of pressure and competition to bring back a good catch.
The sunsets are pretty amazing. To recover from such an epic swim, we usually make sure to invite along a friend who can strum-up the guitar. It sets the mood with a pick-me up vibe under the starlit sky. In the evening, you can still make out the boundaries of the sea by a shimmer of yellow light, scattered across the surface of the water. It adds to the magic of the night. Finally, and after a long wait the gentle breeze carries the smell of delicious food cooked slowly over a camp fire. The simplest recipe for a beach banquet is steamed fish, covered in fresh chutney made from cocoanut, coriander, mint, green chillies and garlic which is then wrapped in banana leaves. As an exception to the rule, we do bring along some of the ingredients that we may not be able to forge easily in the wild. For dessert usually, we opt for a zesty, spicy mixed-fruit pudding with a tangy orange glaze. It sounds rather complicated, but really it is not. This dessert may need about two hours to steam, but it only takes a few minutes to prepare. Usually, when it comes to deciding on what to eat, the best thing is to be random and spontaneous. Have a good look around the surrounding, you’ll be surprised by the amount of goodness you will discover in nature. It all boils down to having a wild imagination, a spirit for discovery, and the adventurous soul that yearns to try out new things.