Category Archives: From the Kitchen

Six Veggie Creamy Yellow Squash Soup

A soup so creamy that’s made without cream or potatoes? That’s how deliciously creamy this squash soup turned out. It was an unusually cool May afternoon earlier this week with cloudy skies and cool temperatures when I made this creamy squash soup for a belated Mother’s Day lunch I had with a couple of friends. I was originally planning on making a veggie dish to go with a few dishes my friends were bringing, but changed my mind and decided to make a pot of soup instead. I thought a steaming bowl of soup would be a welcome first course on a chilly May afternoon. Continue reading Six Veggie Creamy Yellow Squash Soup

Caramelized Shallots and Super Greens Curry

Super Greens are a blend of leafy green vegetables that are a mix of baby kale, spinach, Swiss chard and turnip greens. What makes this combination of greens so delicious in this curry is that the greens themselves have a distinct flavor of their own making this a very flavorful dish. Lightly browned shallots and spices such as coriander and turmeric add just the right amount of seasoning to turn these greens into a delicious curry perfect to have as a side with chicken or fish, or serve it with naan, rice or chapati.  Continue reading Caramelized Shallots and Super Greens Curry

Rose Drop Cocktail

A cocktail with the dreamy fragrance and color of roses? All made with roses from the garden? This is one gorgeous cocktail that looks as beautiful as it tastes. I found this rose infused cocktail recipe in one of last year’s Sunset Magazine’s western edition but couldn’t make the cocktail then as by the time I read the recipe my roses were winding down for the season, however I did save it to make this year when my roses are in full bloom again. Continue reading Rose Drop Cocktail

Pistachio Cake with Rose Petal Confetti

It’s rose season in our area, all I see are roses, roses everywhere in full bloom. Besides making rose bouquets I am also looking for creative ways to use rose petals in edibles. I especially favor my fragrant pink David Austin roses for cakes and ice creams.  A pistachio cake maybe?  I figured a beautiful backdrop of pale green would look lovely for these rose petals.  And so began my hunt for a really good pistachio cake recipe; an all-natural kind,  the type of recipe that uses actual pistachios as one of the cake ingredients. Continue reading Pistachio Cake with Rose Petal Confetti

Spinach and Bell Pepper Quiche

Quick and easy to make with ingredients you probably already have in the kitchen, spinach and bell pepper quiches make for an awesome appetizer or for a light lunch served with a side salad. These litte bites are flavor-packed egg based bites with baked cheesy goodness.  Made with wilted spinach and chunks of bell peppers and lots of yummy Swiss cheese, these mini quiches are so flavorful that it’s hard to stop at just one.  Continue reading Spinach and Bell Pepper Quiche

Spring Onion Pizza with Kale Leeks and Gorgonzola

A spring veggie pizza full of delicious spring green veggies that you don’t even require a salad to go with it, and the best part is that it’s easy and tastes great. I made this pizza for my daughter Anjali over the weekend as an alternative to another pizza I made with mushrooms, which Anjali absolutely does not like.  Rather than have her feel left out of the pizza party, I made a spring veggie pizza with a variety of veggies that are in peak season right now such as spring onions, leeks, kale, and mache leaves.  Add in salty gorgonzola cheese and a blend of parmesan and gruyere, toss in some marinated artichokes and even sundried tomatoes or olives if you like, and you have a delicious spring inspired pizza that tastes great as an appetizer or for a light lunch or dinner. This pizza is so packed with green veggies and made with whole wheat pizza dough that it feels just a little guilt free eating pizza 😋😊.  Give it a try! Continue reading Spring Onion Pizza with Kale Leeks and Gorgonzola

Purple Cabbage Tacos with Herbed Cream Cheese and Apples

Crunchy, sweet, salty, sour; healthy and delicious, these tacos will take care of all the flavor profiles in one dish. This vegetarian taco is not your typical taco but tastes great nonetheless. It combines crunchy fruit with garlicy veggies, sour pickles and cream cheese in a rather eclectic taco.  Unique and delicious, I hope you’ll give these tacos a try! Continue reading Purple Cabbage Tacos with Herbed Cream Cheese and Apples

Zucchini Onion Tomato Soup

Zucchini Onion Tomato Soup is the lightest, quickest and easiest soup you’ll ever make. Just sauté the veggies, add salt and pepper, broth, and cook until tender. Then blend until smooth and serve piping hot. With just three vegetables that delicately flavor the soup this really is a simple and delicious soup. Zucchini, onion and tomato. That’s it. These three vegetables create a soup that is truly comforting.  Continue reading Zucchini Onion Tomato Soup

Chilled Overnight Oats with Fruits and Nuts

I don’t remember exactly where my daughter Anjali had this breakfast last year; maybe in Maui or maybe on the Big Island, I just remember how beautiful her oatmeal looked.  It was chilled overnight oats topped with fresh tropical fruits, coconut flakes, dried fruits, nuts and fresh mint. It really tasted as good as it looked! Trying to replicate that cool beautiful breakfast back home in the Bay Area is how I came up with this variation of chilled overnight oats with inspiration from Hawaii! Continue reading Chilled Overnight Oats with Fruits and Nuts

Flourless Chocolate Torte with Spring Edible Flowers

A chocolate torte so easy that all you do is combine the ingredients in one bowl and bake. This is my kind of recipe! I had this delicious flourless chocolate torte a while back when we had hosted a Father’s Day Brunch and our friends Tracy and Carl had brought a decadent flourless chocolate cake for the party.  It was so good that everyone devoured it! I’d been meaning to ask them for that recipe but just forgot until a couple of weeks ago when we met them for dinner at their new home and I recalled that chocolate cake. Continue reading Flourless Chocolate Torte with Spring Edible Flowers