Zucchini Pepper Tacos

Oh the humble zucchini.  Poor veggie gets little respect. It’s mostly relegated to an after thought, or as a filler vegetable.  We use them in cakes for moisture, add them in veggie dishes to add some heft, but rarely do we say “Oh I add zucchini for its flavor.”  We mostly see zucchini as a flavorless vegetable.  Because let’s face it, most times zucchini IS flavorless especially when bought at the grocery stores.  Imagine my surprise then to get zucchini straight from the farm that actually has flavor, so flavorful in fact that I created a recipe around the humble zucchini.  These tacos do just that – show off the well-deserved zucchini vegetable by giving it star status, not just as a filler vegetable but as a veggie deserving of being highlighted. These tacos are all about the veggies folks.  When you have delicious veggies you get delicious food! Continue reading Zucchini Pepper Tacos

Coyote Pups and The Owl in the Courtyard

Good Friday to you all! I hope you had a good week and are looking forward to a relaxing weekend.  Today I thought I would share a few pics of wildlife in the garden that have been more active this summer. First set of pictures are of a little owl that resides in our courtyard.  Yes, an owl in the courtyard!  He has been living in our courtyard for over seven years now.  He leaves every winter and returns every summer to the same perch. As I was wondering why he hadn’t returned yet this summer, there he was quietly sitting in his spot last week!  For the story behind this little owl in the courtyard take a look at this blog the owl in the courtyard. Continue reading Coyote Pups and The Owl in the Courtyard

Blueberry Smash Kambucha

Oh its hot outside! This week started off on a warmer note with temps in the 90s! I can’t drink enough water and don’t really feel like doing anything except just lazing around. On a lazy week like this one I asked one of my twins if she would replicate her mocktail she made last Sunday for Father’s Day.  It’s refreshing with lots of berries, sweetened with honey 😃🐝🍯,  tangy and fizzy from the fermented kambucha.  It also has a herby flavor boost with the addition of fresh mint.  However rather than just muddle the mint it is blended into a pulp along with the blueberries so you get fresh minty flavor all throughout the drink.  Give it a try! Continue reading Blueberry Smash Kambucha

Kichdi. Gujarati Rice and Lentil Pilaf

Kichdi is an Indian rice dish made with rice and lentils lightly seasoned with turmeric and salt and then cooked until tender.  Between the energy boosting rice and the protein rich lentils, kichdi is considered a very healthy vegetarian dish. Considered comfort food in Western India in states like Gujarat and Rajasthan kichdi is usually served when one wants a quiet simple dish. Continue reading Kichdi. Gujarati Rice and Lentil Pilaf

Father’s Day Celebration Menu

A good Monday to you.  I hope your week is starting off well.  How was your weekend? How was Father’s Day Sunday? For us our weekend was very relaxing. We just hung out with the family as we celebrated Father’s Day at home. We spent time at the pool and made a few of Hitesh’s favorite foods. Continue reading Father’s Day Celebration Menu

Peanut Butter Apple Banana Cake

These days there are lots of cake and cookie recipes being shared and each and every one is enticing and tempting.  But what caught my attention with this particular recipe is two things – one, my daughter Rani loves peanut butter.  Two, I was running way low on sugar and was trying to figure out how to make something sweet with less sugar and this recipe fit that criteria perfectly as it only required 1/4 cup of white sugar 😊.  The sweetness in this cake comes from 2 ripe bananas and an apple. Between the bananas and apple and all the peanut butter and chocolate chips, the cake is soft, moist and delicious.  Kind of like a Reeses peanut butter cup but in a cake form.   This is an awesome cake for those of you who love peanut butter and chocolate! Continue reading Peanut Butter Apple Banana Cake

Miso Flavored Cabbage Noodles

Like noodles? Like miso soup?  Then you will love this recipe that combines miso and noodles together in a delicious veggie noodle dish.  In this recipe I took my go-to stir fry noodles with shredded cabbage and added in miso to create a miso-flavored noodle dish.  With lots of cabbage, ginger garlic, green onions, tofu and miso paste, these noodles are loaded with all things good and delicious.  Give it a try! Continue reading Miso Flavored Cabbage Noodles

Mediterranean Roasted Veggie Tart

Good Monday to you all.  I hope you had a relaxing weekend and are ready for the week ahead.  Today I would like to share a recipe for a delicious tart with loads of vegetables and full of flavor.  My friend Rose brought this gorgeous vegetable tart to our Spring Tea Brunch last year that looked right out of a magazine!  This tart looked so good that I’ve been wanting to make it for some time, but when Rose mentioned that it was a time consuming recipe, I stayed away from trying.  But with more time on my hands now I ventured to give this recipe a try and you know what? Once you get the hang of making it once or twice, it’s actually easier than the recipe looks. Continue reading Mediterranean Roasted Veggie Tart

Herb Cheddar Scones

It was the Sunday after my twins graduation and it just seemed fitting to make something special after such a big milestone, when this recipe for herb cheddar scones showed up in my inbox Herb Cheddar Scones on Marthastewart.com.  Let me start off by mentioning that my family loves scones! We especially love homemade scones all warm right out of the oven. I had to give this recipe a try. Perfect for a Sunday breakfast treat or on a lazy morning, these scones will have you starting the day off on a happy note. Continue reading Herb Cheddar Scones

Sayur Lodeh. Javanese Vegetable Curry

Good Monday to you all. How was your weekend? Hopefully you had a more peaceful weekend than the weekend before. We are still aware of the pandemic that is prevalent around us and I am still in support of the peaceful protests that have invigorated our nation.  As we continue to be mindful and aware of racial inequalities and injustices that happen on a daily basis in this country, I humbly admit that I was grateful for a more peaceful weekend.  After a week of heart wrenching stories surrounding the reasons for the protests combined with the sweltering heat that we had in the Bay Area, both the news and our temperatures cooled down by Friday.  Our weather was spectacular by Friday and by the weekend our temperatures were back in the cool 60s and 70s, perfect for gardening.  I planted more veggie seedlings that I picked up from my friend Veena. Veena has an amazing garden here in my neighborhood and I’ve featured her beautiful garden multiple times on my blogAmong the veggie seedlings I got from her this time were green beans, pumpkin seedlings, watermelon, and squash plants. I can’t wait to see how these plants do up in my veggie patch. Continue reading Sayur Lodeh. Javanese Vegetable Curry

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