I am excited to be going to Cleveland for my birthday weekend. I've never been, and I am celebrating with friends I haven't seen in months. While I'm away Dudley is at summer camp at my mother's in Connecticut. He loves spending time in the country, and I know he is safe and well cared for. My mother is even taking him to work with her, which is a daily adventure for him. This photo she sent me of him hard at work is hysterical.
This is an amazing video of the rescue of Mumbushi, a baby elephant, by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. It is particularly moving near the end when the established orphan elephants come to greet Mumbushi. Elephants are incredibly intelligent, social animals who unfortunately still suffer from the exploitation of poachers. The David Sheldrick Trust is dedicated to the rescue, rearing and reintroduction back to the wild of the orphans left behind.
This is a healthy and light version of paella I made with lobster stock, saffron, fresh peas and a sweet red pepper. I used the smallest amount of olive oil and short grain brown rice rather than the traditional bomba or Valencia rice used in Spain.