Tomato Onion Gotsu. South Indian Tamil Tomato Sauce

Gotsu is saucy gravy made in South Indian Tamil homes to accompany rice dishes and steamed rice dumplings called idlis. Gotsu is usually made as a quick salsa like sauce to go with any dish on the menu.  This tomato onion gotsu is one that my Mom used to make to accompany a lentil and rice dish called pongal.  Mom’s simple rice pongal along with her tomato gotsu were always a hit in our home and was truly comfort food.  One can serve gotsu warm or at room temperature over your favorite rice dish, or even over chicken or fish. Here is the recipe for Mom’s pongal recipe.  For a simple and quick tomato and onion gotsu the recipe is below.   Continue reading Tomato Onion Gotsu. South Indian Tamil Tomato Sauce

Pongal. South Indian Tamil Rice and Lentil Porridge

Pongal is a South Indian Tamil rice dish made with rice and lentils that are cooked like a thick porridge. Rice and lentils are cooked together with salt and turmeric until very tender and then mixed in with ghee and toasted black peppercorns. As comforting a dish as it can get, this is a pure clean flavor that tastes awesome with a side of spiced tomato sauce called gotsu. Continue reading Pongal. South Indian Tamil Rice and Lentil Porridge

Creamy Broccoli Vegetable Soup

A delicious creamy vegetable soup with lots of vegetables, this soup will take care of more than just one serving of veggies for the day. With 1lb of broccoli, two cups of carrots, bell peppers and a potato for that creamy texture, this soup is filling as it is delicious. If you so desire add a bit of cream or milk or keep it vegan and dairy-free, either way this is a delicious veggie soup 😋. Continue reading Creamy Broccoli Vegetable Soup

Puff Pastry Bell Pepper Quiche for a New Year”s Eve Dinner

Quiche is synonymous for many with a good crust and a great egg filling.  For me however quiche will always be about the veggies that go in it, because without a great tasting veggie mix, that quiche can taste rather boring in my opinion. When I make quiche I make sure my veggie mix is packed with lots of veggies, lots of flavor, and lots of good quality cheese. These are to me what make any quiche taste outstanding. Continue reading Puff Pastry Bell Pepper Quiche for a New Year”s Eve Dinner

Happy New Year 2019!

Happy New Year!
Wishing you a wonderful 2019 filled with health and happiness. ❤️💕💙!!

I got this beautiful greeting card from Vancouver, Canada last summer with a lovely poem that I would love to share here.

“Moments happen in the blink of an eye and celebrating all of life’s moments large and small are part of creating memories to last a lifetime.
The Tree of Celebration reminds us to celebrate our achievements, milestones, friends and family, no matter how large or small.
It is through celebrating that we add color, richness and joy to our lives.
Dance, sing and have a good time – life is worth celebrating!”
by Kitra’s Art Glass
Vancouver, Canada

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Happy New 2019!
Wishing you a year full of cherished moments with friends and family!

Spinach and Arugula Salad with Persimmons, Orange & Pomegranate

Spinach and arugula salad with persimmons, orange & pomegranate is a delicious salad I had at a holiday party with a group of wonderful gals recently. One of our friends Deb brought this colorful salad that was so beautiful that I almost felt bad taking some of the salad and disrupting the lovely presentation. Continue reading Spinach and Arugula Salad with Persimmons, Orange & Pomegranate

Orange Dijon Vinaigrette

Orange Dijon Vinaigrette is a recipe I collected from my friend Deb whom I recently saw at a holiday luncheon where she had brought an arugula and spinach salad with persimmons, orange, and pomegranate for our lunch soiree.  This salad tasted outstanding! Not only was the combination of salad greens and fruit perfect, the dressing made the salad taste even better. Continue reading Orange Dijon Vinaigrette

Holiday Dinner with the Cousins. 2018

Last Saturday we spent the evening with our cousins for an end-of-year holiday get together and a Christmas celebration with all our families.  We have been celebrating a holiday gathering with our local Bay Area cousins for over ten years and is a dinner that we enjoy so much and look forward to every year. There is always, and I mean always lots of laughter, great food, and great times when our cousins get together. This is a fun fun party and this year was no exception. Here is a look at this year’s holiday dinner with the cousins. Continue reading Holiday Dinner with the Cousins. 2018

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