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.
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 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.
What I love about California foremost is the fabulous weather. 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.
The state is multicultural 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.
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.
Welcome to Surreyfarms. A happy state of mind. With love, Kalpana