Welcome to Surreyfarms. A serene haven in the Los Gatos Foothills in Northern California.
My name is Kalpana and I want to share with you my passion for everything beautiful. Nature, beautiful flowers, gardening, cooking, wonderful books, celebrating festivals, meeting with friends and family, and anything that brings joy and happiness.
Vegetarian since birth
I was raised vegetarian and my family and extended family have been vegetarians for generations. It has been a way of life for us, not a new fad or diet.
What you will find here are a variety of healthy vegetarian recipes chock full of good for you vegetables and legumes.
A lot of my recipes come from my family constantly asking me to experiment with fun and exciting vegetarian recipes. I find inspiration for my cooking from all kinds of places, my Mom, Mom-in-law, Aunts, friends, magazines, restaurants, and cooking shows.
My blog is not vegan, I do have recipes with eggs, milk, cheese, and yogurt. What my blog does not have are any meat-based recipes.What I have here are an eclectic collection of vegetarian recipes that are easy to make, healthy, and delicious.
I do eat eggs and dairy. I don’t smoke. I don’t drink often, just a glass or two of wine on the weekend. I don’t eat out much, I am a picky restaurant person. I drink soda only once in a few months, and I don’t drink fruit juice of any kind. I love water and drink water all day long. I have a sweet tooth and love good desserts but only indulge once in a while.
I love bread but eat it a toast or two in a week, because lets face it we all love sugar, bread, and butter. I try to eat all these in moderation to maintain a healthy weight. Yet it is a constant awareness to eat healthy and exercise that keeps me constantly looking out for tasty vegetarian recipes that are healthy and satisfying.
I love photography
My blog has lots of pictures of my garden, of places I have visited, and of gatherings and celebrations with friends and family.
I especially love taking photos of people at intimate teas and lunches, with everyone having a good time over delicious food.
I love California
I love California where I live now with husband and three girls. I grew up in Texas and moved to Silicon Valley after my husband and I graduated from UT Austin and got jobs here in the Bay Area. We always thought we’d move back to Texas. But California seeps into your bones and doesn’t let go. It’s like the song by the Eagles – Welcome to the Hotel California,
Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year (Any time of year)
You can find it here.
Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
“Relax, ” said the night man,
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave! “
What I love about California foremost is the fabulous weather all year round. Cool temperatures in the 60s in the morning, warmer in the daytime to 70s, 80s and even 90s, and cooling down into the 50s and 60s at night. This weather is amazing to grow an abundance of fruits and vegetables and flowers and fauna. It’s the weather here that’s just phenomenal.
Nature is beautiful and in abundance here. Mountains and hills, clean air, clear blue skies, cool Pacific Ocean, wine country, snow capped Sierra, dry of the dessert, the foggy coastal cities and the majestic green of the Redwood forest. You can find everything in this beautiful state.
I also love the multicultural aspect of this area making it a great place to meet people from all over the world, and a great place to try foods from all over the world too. Hence I do have an entire section dedicated to our beloved California and all that it has to offer. Check it out for off the beaten path finds, fun places to visit, and out of the ordinary sites to see.
Gardening is my passion.
I’m no master gardener but I enjoy passing on what knowledge I’ve gained from home gardening for over 20 years.
Healthier, happier, and peaceful life.
I hope you enjoy these recipes, photos and stories, maybe they will encourage you to try something new, visit an exotic destination, and maybe host your own small gathering. One thing I’ve learnt is that even just a “Come on over for tea.” seems special with people whose company you enjoy.
Why I Chose Surreyfarms as the name for my blog:
The neighborhood I live in is a beautiful patch of heaven, with charming cottages and gorgeous homes that dot the hills around, with hiking trails and roads that have a rural feel. Truly a beautiful area. The surrounding neighborhood used to be Surreyfarms before it got parceled off into various lots for new housing.
When I am writing this area brings happy images of the beautiful nature here and puts me in a good mood to share some positive stories. I also love the name farm in Surreyfarms– don’t you? When I think of farm, I think of cows and chickens roaming free, vast fields of veggies, fruit trees, lots of sunshine, clean fresh air, and healthy living. I know it’s a romantic idea, but that’s what farm means to me. Welcome to Surreyfarms.net
Welcome to Surreyfarms. A happy state of mind. With love, Kalpana