Mixed Berry Julep

My daughter Anjali made this refreshing mixed berry julep for our Father’s Day dinner last Sunday that was deliciously summer. With loads of fresh berries, lots of mint leaves, sugar and fresh lemon all muddled together to bring out the berry juices; and then mixed with chilled ginger ale – oh my gosh just listing all the ingredients makes my mouth water 😋! I have to ask Anjali to make it again! Continue reading Mixed Berry Julep

Bhajias. Indian Chickpea Flour Veggie Fritters

Bhajias are deep fried Indian chickpea flour fritters that are a very popular snack and one of the most popular street vendor offerings in India. Bhajias are usually made with sliced potatoes that are coated in a lightly spiced chickpea flour batter and then deep-fried until golden and crispy. Continue reading Bhajias. Indian Chickpea Flour Veggie Fritters

Father’s Day Celebration with an Indian Vegetarian Dinner

Happy Tuesday!
I hope your week started off great!

How was your weekend and Father’s Day? I hope you got to celebrate and appreciate all the Dad’s in your family.  We had a wonderful Father’s Day, at least that’s what Hitesh (Father to my three girls) conveyed to me at the end of the day on Sunday.  Hitesh got to do his chillin and relaxing during the day. I made a veggie omelette for him for brunch with savory scones and fresh fruit. After that we planted some veggie seedlings that I picked up from my friend Veena. Then he and the twins went to downtown Los Gatos to take a stroll while I stayed home to get dinner ready for our Father’s Day dinner gathering with my cousins and their families. Continue reading Father’s Day Celebration with an Indian Vegetarian Dinner

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing Dads!
May your day be relaxing surrounded by the people you love 💙💙💙!

You’ve Been There For Me
You’ve been there for me all my life,
And loved me through both joy and strife.
Thank you Dad for believing in me,
Thank you for taking my side
Through all the ups and downs of life,
And every bumpy ride.
So with gratitude I’d like to say,
Have a Happy Father’s Day!
Best Father’s Day Poems on homemade gifts made easy.

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Dark Chocolate Brandy Cardamom Ice Cream

With Father’s Day upon us this Sunday I thought I would share one of my most popular ice cream recipes that I posted around this same time last year. The ice cream flavor is a dark chocolate brandy cardamom ice cream and folks absolutely loved it. Brandy and dark chocolate are so good together and cardamom just takes it to the next level, and our guy (Father of three) absolutely went gaga over it! Naturally, this ice cream is not meant for kids, however of you are looking for an adult ice cream that takes care of after dinner drinks and dessert all in one –  then this decadent dark chocolate and cardamom brandy ice cream is the one.   Continue reading Dark Chocolate Brandy Cardamom Ice Cream

Broccoli Zucchini Tomato Stir Fry Curry

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I made a stiry fry with broccoli, zucchini and tomatoes as I had never combined these veggies in a curry before, but what a delicious curry this trio of vegetables turned out to be!  I ended up with a juicy, saucy, flavorful veggie dish that the whole family devoured 😋.  Try this saucy spiced up veggie dish with naan, chapati, lemon rice, coconut rice or even ladled over grilled fish. Continue reading Broccoli Zucchini Tomato Stir Fry Curry

Cucumber and Green Onion Raita

With so many garden fresh cucumbers delivered by my neighbor, I had already made cucumber salad and cucumber sandwiches and still had loads of cucumbers left over. I was wondering what else I could make when this cucumber and green onion raita seemed like a perfect summer dish. Served as a side dish along with fried rice or served as a dip, this is a great way to use op cool summer cucumbers. Continue reading Cucumber and Green Onion Raita

Spinach Salad with Roasted Cauliflower and Bell Peppers

Here is a salad that doesn’t even require a dressing, that’s how delicious roasted cauliflower and peppers are in this spinach salad.  I roasted an entire head of cauliflower, 2 green bell peppers and 1 small onion for the salad, that’s a lot of veggies!  Then I tossed the roasted veggies with baby spinach and voila! I had the most delicious salad ever. Continue reading Spinach Salad with Roasted Cauliflower and Bell Peppers

Ginger Honey Ice Cream

Ginger ice cream is hard to find at ice cream parlors and grocery stores, however there was one candy shop here in Los Gatos called Powells that did have ginger ice cream and it was amazingly delicious 😋🍨.  Sadly the parlor closed down a few years back and another candy shop opened in their place, still selling ice cream but not my favorite ginger ice cream 😞.  A craving for that ginger ice cream is what prompted me to make my own version of ginger ice cream with all the ingredients that make ginger ice cream taste awesome  – fresh ginger, candied ginger and heavy cream. And since ginger and honey are so good together in tea I decided to sweeten my ice cream with honey.  This ginger honey ice cream hits all the sweet and ginger cravings in one delicious ice cream. Sweet and creamy with a fresh ginger flavor and little bits of candied ginger, this ice cream is truly ginger decadence 😋🍨🍨!  Give it a try! Continue reading Ginger Honey Ice Cream

Friday Fruits

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday everybody! I just wanted to share a few pics of my freshly picked nectarines today.  That gorgeous color on these fruits – oh my!  Nature always amazes me with how beautiful she is.

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I thought I could wait for the nectarines to ripen just a little more before I picked them all, but alas the squirrels and birds are already getting to them so I decided to pick them early and let them ripen indoors. It took just two days for all these nectarines to get nice and juicy.  I didn’t get a big bounty this year, what you see is it.  Also, the fruit is more on the sour side. I might make jam with them, but in the meantime I am enjoying their beauty in the basket.

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Have a great weekend!

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