Our Helicopter Ride + a Recipe for Grilled Scallops with Garlic Butter and Chillies

Hello beautiful peeps, how have all of you been?

It was a busy last week with my little champ turning 7. How time flies…..it seems just yesterday, this tiny bundle of joy was placed in my arms and now he’s already 7. And I know soon that’s going to be 17 and the very thought makes me tear up. Of course, I want him to grow up and experience all the beautiful things life has to offer but I want it slow, real slow.

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Life just seems to be passing by too quickly, which also makes me realize the importance of being more present in each passing second. The importance of being with my son, my family and being really present so that I truly savour the beauty of the moment. The world seems to be gushing by and if we don’t consciously slow down, our lives would just turn robotic.

And so we decided to do things a little differently this year for Adi’s birthday. Instead of the traditional cake/party routine, we decided to splurge on a helicopter ride around our beautiful city, Melbourne. Ticking one off our bucket list…..

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It was not a spur of the moment decision; it was a planned one for which we saved up for over a year. Adi was given the task of saving up all the coins that came into the house in his piggy banks (yup, we have more than one). A small, everyday task that we believe, will teach him the value of saving up money and working towards a dream or a goal.

We chose Heli Experiences for our ride and the package deal for three which included half an hour ride over the Melbourne city. There are plenty of packages across Australia so if you are interested to know more, check out their website (nope, not sponsored).

Though we have flown in plenty of airplanes over the years, the thrill and exhilaration of a helicopter ride compares to none other. After a small briefing on safety precautions, we were belted and tucked in to be flown for a once in a lifetime experience over the most liveable city on earth – Melbourne. And what a beautiful and panoramic view she offers!

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We giggled and laughed through the ride, hardly able to conceal our excitement. An experience that will stay in our memories for a lifetime and beyond.

How do you usually celebrate birthdays in your family? I would love to hear your experiences…..

Ok…so now that we have come back to earth, I have a duty to perform and that’s share a brilliant recipe with you guys. And today, it is going to be ‘Grilled Scallops with Garlic Butter and Chillies’

Empowered by the oyster experience, I decided to try my hand at scallops this time.

Grilled Scallops with Garlic Butter and Chillies - a simple and gorgeous looking party canape - thespiceadventuress.com

Scallops are a delicacy, one that has to be cooked with the right sort of flavours to enhance and not overpower its taste. Grilling scallops in its shell lends a smoky flavour which when combined with the garlicky butteriness and that hint of heat from the chillies creates magic on your tastebuds.

This dish is just perfect for Easter; adds that special touch to a lunch or celebration if you are planning one. It is really simple to prepare; the garlic butter can be made ahead and then it’s only a matter of assembling and grilling on the day. And if you have a barbecue or charcoal grill, get the boys to do the job for you.

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Grilled Scallops with Garlic Butter and Chillies - a simple and gorgeous looking party canape - thespiceadventuress.com

Make sure you remember to buy scallops with the shells; it’s just not for the taste alone but also for the presentation. Quite a glamorous entrée at any party!

So get your hands on some fresh scallops and indulge in some ‘foodporn’!

(Inspired by a Jamie Oliver recipe)

Ingredients:

  1. 8 scallops; cleaned (with one shell each intact)
  2. 1 large red chilli; sliced thinly (large ones have less heat)

Read the full recipe here.

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Grilled Scallops with Garlic Butter and Chillies - a simple and gorgeous looking party canape - thespiceadventuress.com

Disclaimer – Recipe developed, styled and shot for Supreme Seafood.

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15 thoughts on “Our Helicopter Ride + a Recipe for Grilled Scallops with Garlic Butter and Chillies

  1. […] it flew by, March was a great month for us. My little champ turned 7 and we celebrated by taking a helicopter ride across Melbourne city. Peeps, this is very doable….do consider it if you have little ones at home. […]

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  2. […] The first is this Baked Oysters with Garlic, Curry leaf and Kashmiri Chilli which will make your guests swoon over with delight. And the second will be these pretty Grilled Scallops with Garlic Butter and Chillies. […]

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  3. Mr Fitz March 21, 2016 at 5:05 pm Reply

    I simply love helicopters !

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  4. sarahjmir March 18, 2016 at 3:44 am Reply

    what a wonderful way to celebrate your boy! happy belated birthday to him 🙂 The scallops look so fresh and flavorful, i cant almost taste them!

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    • vanyadhanya March 18, 2016 at 5:30 am Reply

      Thanks so much Sarah; he will be delighted about the wishes. Totally agree about the scallops; was lucky to get my hands on some super fresh ones.

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  5. fergie51 March 17, 2016 at 9:29 am Reply

    What a wonderful thing to do! I am a firm believer that experiences are a much better and treasured gift than ‘stuff’. Always stick in your memory I think. Scallops, where oh where can you get them fresh? Posts like this really make me aware of how we are limited with produce being so far from the city. Love scallops so much 🙂

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    • vanyadhanya March 17, 2016 at 10:09 am Reply

      So true Fergie….

      Where do you live? I live in Dandenong and found it in the local farmer’s market. The tough part was getting it with the shells intact.

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      • fergie51 March 17, 2016 at 11:31 am

        Hi, I’m in Trafalgar and often go to Dandy Market just to get what I find difficult here (love Sams spices!). Where and when does Dandy have a Farmers market? sounds interesting especially if they have seafood 🙂

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      • vanyadhanya March 17, 2016 at 12:44 pm

        It’s the same….yes, the market has grown bigger than the average farmer’s market. There are 3 seafood stalls in there and there is also a seafood shop inside the Dandenong plaza which I really like for fresh seafood like these.

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  6. RecipeTin (@Recipe_Tin) March 16, 2016 at 12:24 am Reply

    The photo of you and your son shows happiness. It’s very overwhelming to look at it.

    The grilled scallops are amazingly good!

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    • vanyadhanya March 16, 2016 at 12:38 am Reply

      Thanks so much dear; must say I am very lucky and blessed to have him in my life.

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  7. Elaine @ foodbod March 15, 2016 at 4:19 pm Reply

    How wonderful, I love that photo of the two of you 🙂 my boy turned 14 at the start of this month…it really does fly!

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