Potato Curry with Edamame and Tomatoes

I usually make my potato curry with peas or cauliflower and sometimes with bell peppers, this potato curry on the other hand was made with edamame which I thought was rather unusual, but tasted great. This new variation of potato curry is something I had at our friend Padmini’s home for dinner. I asked Padmini to share her recipe and here it is. Continue reading Potato Curry with Edamame and Tomatoes

Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Sugar Snap Peas Salad

Green on green on green on green, with some white is how I describe this salad. All the vegetables are green – sugar snap peas, brussels sprouts, salad greens, even the pistachio nuts, then add a sprinkle of garlic and a little dressing, and what you have is a very filling and satisfying salad. Serve the roasted brussels sprouts and sugar snap peas as a side dish, or turn them into a leafy salad by adding salad greens. Continue reading Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Sugar Snap Peas Salad

Eggplant and Pepper Curry

Creamy eggplant, sweet peppers, ginger, garlic and onions all cooked together with tomatoes and spices makes this dish a wonderful vegetable curry to have with chaptis or tortillas. This outstanding eggplant and pepper curry is a dish I had at my friend Padmini’s home for dinner one day 😋.  Here is the recipe. Continue reading Eggplant and Pepper Curry

Fresh Figs and Spinach Salad with Gorgonzola, Walnuts & Fig Jam Vinaigrette

One of my favorite fall-inspired salads to make especially when fresh figs are in season is a big spinach salad with fresh figs, Gorgonzola cheese, and walnuts; all tossed together with a sweet fig dressing.

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Fig Jam Vinaigrette Dressing

When I want a change from my usual vinaigrette, I like to make a Fig Jam Vinaigrette, which is sweeter, thicker, and has a wonderful Mediterranean fig flavor along with little bits of mashed figs. Used to be I could only find fig jam at specialty grocery stores, but nowadays fig jam can be found at most grocery stores in their deli section.

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For a thicker salad dressing packed with sweet fruit flavor, a Fig Jam Vinaigrette is the one. Continue reading Fig Jam Vinaigrette Dressing

Foraged Flora: A Year of Gathering and Arranging Wild Plants and Flowers by Louesa Roebuck and Sarah Lonsdale

Love flowers? Love nature? Love vibrant colors? Love photography? Then you will love this book!  Titled Foraged Flora: A Year of Gathering and Arranging Wild Plants and Flowers by Louesa Roebuck and Sarah Lonsdale is for those of us who can get lost in the pages of a beautifully photographed book on nature and flowers.

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Foraged Flora is one eye-popping eye-candy of a book for any flower and nature lover.  From the moment you see the cover it will grab your attention and entice you to open the pages and explore the wonders inside. Continue reading Foraged Flora: A Year of Gathering and Arranging Wild Plants and Flowers by Louesa Roebuck and Sarah Lonsdale

Celebrating Diwali with Family and Friends 2017

Last weekend we celebrated the Indian festival of Diwali with a big party for our family and close friends. On the agenda for the evening was fun, friends, family, food, and sparklers. I think we covered it all on this wonderful evening.  Here are some photos of this lively dinner celebrating Diwali. Continue reading Celebrating Diwali with Family and Friends 2017

Cocoa & Nut Super Seeds & Cardamom Protein-bar Truffles

Usually, I would never have given a second thought to making energy bars or protein bars at home, it’s not something I think of replicating in my kitchen. I got the idea for making protein packed energy bars from our friend Aaron H. One day we were talking healthy snacks when he told me he had been trying unsuccessfully to make an energy bar at home.  Energy bar at home? And that to Aaron making it?  I did a double take.

Aaron said he had been trying to make an energy bar of sorts with almond meal, raisins, and cocoa powder and he was still figuring out how to get the texture right. You see his “energy bar” was very sticky in the mouth – almost like a peanut butter.  He said he added water but that didn’t help. He even tried baking the mixture but it turned out too hard and not edible. We got to talk about how we could make the texture better and bounced around ideas such as adding applesauce and bananas, or coconut oil.  But in the end I promised him I would try and make an energy bar at home, and if it turned out good, share the recipe with him.

Guess what folks? I made nut energy bars in my home kitchen and they turned out great 😋. I shaped them into truffles hence the name energy bar truffles. Continue reading Cocoa & Nut Super Seeds & Cardamom Protein-bar Truffles

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