It was a cloudy day when I stopped by my friend Shalini ‘s place for lunch on her birthday back in late April. I was so happy to have somewhere to go on this cold and dreary rainy day because honestly otherwise I would have been at home binge watching some TV show. This way I got out of the house and spent a lovely afternoon with my dear friend Shalini over a healthy and delicious lunch at her place.
I made a mango salad and took it with me, while Shalini made zucchini soup and butter bean salad. This salad was hearty, filling and delicious. I asked Shalini for the recipe so I could make it again at home and she shared it with me. Continue reading Butter Bean Salad
My friend Rose recently gave us some homemade apricot jam and it was delicious! It tasted like fresh picked apricots in a jar. We were having it by the spoonfuls. I asked Rose if she could save another jar for me, as the jam was so delicious that we were going to finish it pretty fast. Rose was thrilled to know the jam tasted great because as I found out she used a new recipe. It was a jam recipe without pectin or gelatin as a preservative. It was an all-natural apricot jam. This is one wholesome recipe that is meant for sharing, so I asked Rose for the recipe to pass it on. Continue reading All Natural Apricot Jam
Our friends Aaron and Karen recently gave us a giant zucchini from their vegetable garden. Folks, this veggie was over 18 inches long! I had the girls hold it so you get an idea of how big this zucchini was.
Continue reading Zucchini Tofu Fritters
When we hosted our Diwali party last year I asked my friend Radhika to bring an appetizer. What she created was truly something special and it was a big hit. It was minty, tart, spicy, sweet, and everyone wanted the recipe. So here it is. Radhika’s Apple and Thuvaiyal on Baguette. Continue reading Radhika’s Apple and Thuvaiyal on Baguette
At this year’s garden party there were a lot of pretty cool and interesting cuisine. One of the goodies was ANZAC biscuits brought by my friend Susan. Continue reading ANZAC Biscuits
Hitesh really likes to pick up these multi-colored cauliflowers from the local farmer’s market. They come in purple, orange, and yellow. I wasn’t sure how these cauliflowers would taste, would they taste the same as the white cauliflower? How do I cook it? What is the flavor?
I figured the best way to cook these cauliflower heads was to roast them with salt and pepper so we can enjoy the simple flavors of these interesting vegetables. Continue reading Tri-Colored Roasted Cauliflower with Balsamic Glaze
Do you ever have potatoes that are sitting around for so long that the eyes start sprouting? That’s what happened with my small batch of fingerling potatoes. Continue reading Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
I had a small group of friends over for a holiday tea a few months ago. I thought a simple tea would be a great way to get all of us together and catch up. Everyone offered to bring something, and we ended up with a wide variety of snacks and treats.
My friend Babita brought Black Bean Salsa and chips, and it was delicious. This salsa and chips dish is a perfect snack for a summertime get together. Especially when we can find juicy tomatoes and fresh corn at the farmer’s markets. I asked Babita for the recipe, and she said she got it from a web site called Show Me the Curry. Here is the link to the recipe for Black Bean and Corn Salsa. I’ve also included the recipe here. Continue reading Black Bean & Corn Salsa
Are you looking for a refreshing salad that is refreshingly simple? Try this avocado and grapefruit salad. I made this salad for a spring lunch I was invited to at my friend Rose’s home. It was a casual lunch just to get a few of us together. Rose had black bean soup and corn bread on the menu, and asked the rest of us to bring something that we felt would compliment it. What we ended up with was a feast that was simple, healthy, and delicious and we were stuffed at the end of it! This is a menu worth replicating. Continue reading Avocado & Grapefruit Salad
Living in the Bay Area so close to Gilroy, you can’t help but grow to love garlic. Gilroy is the self proclaimed Garlic Capital of the world. That’s all they do here, grow garlic. In fact, when you drive past Gilroy you can smell garlic for a few miles as the garlic farms are in abundance here. To pay homage to it’s” bread and butter” crop, Gilroy hosts an annual Gilroy Garlic Festival in the summer where everything sold is made with garlic. They even sell their famous Garlic ice cream! Roasted garlic is a popular item around here. Continue reading Roasted Garlic with Crusty Baguette