Category Archives: From the Kitchen

Hoshigaki – The Japanese Art of Drying Persimmons

I call it serendipitous when I saw persimmons hanging like on a clothes line at Folktale Winery in Carmel Valley last week. The timing was too coincidental as I had just been chatting with my friend Lakshmi a few days earlier about this drying technique, when she was sharing with me about a friend of hers who dried persimmons on a clothes line the Japanese way.

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Apple Salad with Super Seeds – Hemp, Flax and Chia Seeds

With apples a plenty nowadays it’s a wonderful time to use these delicious crunchy fruit in a salad. Here I’ve added thinly sliced apples to a mixed greens salad and gave it a boost of healthy goodness with a combination of super seeds such as hemp seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds and chia seeds. All tossed with a store bought Ceaser dressing.

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Vangi Bath. South Indian Eggplant Fried Rice

Vangi bath which translates to eggplant rice is a popular dish in Southern India. In this dish eggplant is cooked with spices then combined with cooked rice to make the vangi bath. Delicious as a main course or accompanied with a side of yogurt, for a delicious one pot meal give this eggplant fried rice a try.

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Black Eyed Peas and Squash Stew. Kerala Olan Coconut Vegetable Stew

Loaded with good for you ingredients like black eyed peas and butternut squash all delicately flavored with curry leaves and cooked with coconut milk. This is a simple dish with lots of flavor. Serve it alongside quinoa and you have a nutrient packed dinner that is satisfying and delicious.

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