Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!
Wishing all the amazing Dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day!
May your day be filled with lots of relaxation surrounded by the people you love! 💙💙💙

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On this Father’s Day I thought I would share a few quotes from fathers about being a great father.

  • “I’m a father; that’s what matters most. Nothing matters more.”  Gordon Brown
  • “A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life. Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father.”  Frank Abagnale
  • “I would say my greatest achievement in life right now – my greatest achievement period is – and I’m still trying to achieve it – is to be a wonderful father to my kids.”  Bo Jackson
  • “To me, having kids is the ultimate job in life. I want to be most successful at being a good father.”  Nick Lachey
  • “The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family.”  Reed Markham

 

Happy Father’s Day!

Dark Chocolate Brandy Cardamom Ice Cream

Dark chocolate, cardamom, brandy, cream and honey – combine all these ingredients and what you have is a delicious ice cream spiked with a touch of brandy.  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

Basbousa. Middle Eastern Semolina Cake

Happy Thursday! If you have been following the news or know anyone who is of Islamic faith then you know that Ramadan has been observed by Muslims all over the world for the last 4 weeks. During the annual observance of Ramadan Muslims fast for one month, which involves not eating or drinking between sunrise and sunset. This is meant to allow people to devote themselves further to their faith with the goal of ultimately becoming closer to God. The annual fast during Ramadan is an integral part of the Islamic faith.

This year Ramadan took place from mid-May to mid-June (ending on June 15th this year). The last day of Ramadan is known as the “festival of breaking the fast” and it is called Eid al-Fitr, this marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. On Eid as it is known Muslims gather together at the mosque for a prayer before spending the day with family and friends with a large feast and wishing one another ‘Eid Mubarak’ or ‘Blessed Eid’. Which brings me to this Middle Eastern dessert called basbousa that is usually made for celebratory occassions. Continue reading Basbousa. Middle Eastern Semolina Cake

Eggplant Tomato Pasta

This is a quick and easy recipe for a delicious tender eggplant pasta that takes just minutes to prepare. But before I share this pasta recipe let me share these beautiful and I mean BEAUTIFUL photos that one of my twins Rani took this week from guess where? La Dolce Vita!! Italy!! The twins Anjali and Rani are on a school trip to Italy this week! Why didn’t we go along? We tried, believe me!! But their school was very clear – only for students please! So here we are in California enjoying Italy vicariously through our kids.  Rani texted these photos from Florence on day two of their trip and the pictures are just gorgeous! Continue reading Eggplant Tomato Pasta

Spinach & Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Feta and Pistachios

Spinach & Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Feta and Pistachios

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas cut into halves
  • 1 garlic clove finely minced
  • 2 tbsp crumbled Feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp salted roasted pistachios chopped
  • Lemon Honey Vinaigrette

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Fresh Herbs Herbal Tea

Fresh herbs herbal tea is a refreshing drink that has no caffeine, no sugar, all the goodness of herbs, plus antioxidants to boot. My sister Banu makes a delicious herbal tea from freshly picked herbs from her garden in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and keeps a bottle of it ready to drink in the refrigerator all summer long.  Continue reading Fresh Herbs Herbal Tea

Mint. The Social Butterfly of the Garden

Mint, you get a bad rap so often. You take over like a weed many gardeners say. Your fragrance and flavor is very strong, so use it lightly chefs recommend. But to me, you are the social butterfly of the garden.

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At any good party we need at least one social butterfly that livens up the gathering with their talkative, amicable, and fun presence.  These personalities mingle easily with everyone and make people feel warm and special. That’s what you are mint, a social butterfly in the garden. Continue reading Mint. The Social Butterfly of the Garden

Radish and Chickpea Salad

Radish and Chickpea Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch pink radish – about 6 radish cut into small pieces
  • 1 can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed. About 1 1/2 – 2 cups
  • 1 small shallot or onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove finely minced
  • 2 stalks celery cut into small chunks
  • 6-10 mint leaves finely chopped
  • Crisp romaine lettuce cut into chunks (optional)
  • Maple Syrup Vinaigrette

Continue reading Radish and Chickpea Salad

Marvelous May in the Garden Part II

My marvelous May in the garden continues with more flowers blooming nonstop.  It seems all flowers love cool spring like temperatures. Every day that I am out in the garden I see more and more flowers in bloom. Everything from astromeria, geraniums, pelargonium, dianthus, dahlias, freesias, roses, lilies, nasturtiums and even amaryllis and mums are in bloom! Did I forget anything? Probably.  Here is a look at what more plants are blooming in my May garden. Continue reading Marvelous May in the Garden Part II

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