Category Archives: Just Pictures

Making Fresh Bow Tie Pasta with Friends

Fresh homemade pasta truly has a taste onto its own.  Tender pasta that is soft yet al-dente is so delicious that anything you add to it tastes amazing.  We learnt how to make fresh homemade pasta from our friend Rose a while back and she learnt how to make pasta from a local Italian chef while vacationing in Italy, so you know it’s delicious! Continue reading Making Fresh Bow Tie Pasta with Friends

Picnic in the Vineyard at Clos LaChance Winery in Morgan Hill, California

The scene was set for a beautiful day in the vineyards.  Gorgeous weather with temperatures in the pleasant 70s, sunny with a gentle breeze, a winery with great wine, and friends who were all free to go together for a picnic in the vineyard.  This was my perfect afternoon at Clos LaChance Winery in Morgan Hill in the South Bay. Continue reading Picnic in the Vineyard at Clos LaChance Winery in Morgan Hill, California

June in the Garden

June has been a crazy roller coaster of weather for us here in the Bay Area. We had temperatures in the 90s and 100s and I think we even broke a few records with temps up to 105!  Then the temperatures went back down to our pleasant 70s and 80s. Basically we were all over the place weather wise in June. Despite these fluctuations in temps the garden faired really well. Continue reading June in the Garden

Quinoa Salad with Burrata Cheese Inspired by the Stanford Women’s Health Luncheon

I had this filling and nutrient packed salad for lunch at a Stanford Women’s Health Luncheon a month ago and this quinoa salad was the vegetarian option on the menu. It was served with a delicious balsamic vinaigrette, crusty bread with olive oil and balsamic, and tiramisu for dessert. But truth be told, the salad was so filling I had a hard time having more than a bite or two of the tiramisu.  This was such a great salad and so easy to put together that I wanted to make it back home for the family. Continue reading Quinoa Salad with Burrata Cheese Inspired by the Stanford Women’s Health Luncheon

Father’s Day Celebration with an Indian Vegetarian Dinner

Happy Tuesday!
I hope your week started off great!

How was your weekend and Father’s Day? I hope you got to celebrate and appreciate all the Dad’s in your family.  We had a wonderful Father’s Day, at least that’s what Hitesh (Father to my three girls) conveyed to me at the end of the day on Sunday.  Hitesh got to do his chillin and relaxing during the day. I made a veggie omelette for him for brunch with savory scones and fresh fruit. After that we planted some veggie seedlings that I picked up from my friend Veena. Then he and the twins went to downtown Los Gatos to take a stroll while I stayed home to get dinner ready for our Father’s Day dinner gathering with my cousins and their families. Continue reading Father’s Day Celebration with an Indian Vegetarian Dinner

Friday Fruits

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday everybody! I just wanted to share a few pics of my freshly picked nectarines today.  That gorgeous color on these fruits – oh my!  Nature always amazes me with how beautiful she is.

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I thought I could wait for the nectarines to ripen just a little more before I picked them all, but alas the squirrels and birds are already getting to them so I decided to pick them early and let them ripen indoors. It took just two days for all these nectarines to get nice and juicy.  I didn’t get a big bounty this year, what you see is it.  Also, the fruit is more on the sour side. I might make jam with them, but in the meantime I am enjoying their beauty in the basket.

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Have a great weekend!

April and May in the Garden

Happy Saturday!

We are having glorious weather this week with warm sunny daytime temperatures in the 70s and morning temperatures in the cool 50s!  Just perfect for our gardens to thrive. However it hasn’t been so predictably pleasant around here this spring. Back in April we had a strange heat wave with temperatures in the 90s! The garden didn’t know what was going on especially my roses, which had beautiful buds ready to open slowly and elegantly, but instead they all just burst into bloom almost overnight. Then a week later we had May showers, lots of it. What this meant for the roses is that the blooms got thrashed and soaked. Between the heat and the rain I had a very short spring rose season this year. Though the roses didn’t fair so well, other plants in the garden thrived and put on a spectacular bloom show.  Here is a look at how my garden faired in April and May of this year. Continue reading April and May in the Garden

Cauliflower Green Onion Soup

Last weekend was one of my twin’s Rani’s cello recital.  It was a rainy chilly cloudy day on this May morning when Rani had her recital, but that didn’t take away from the beautiful music played by all the student musicians which was held at a charming intimate church venue in Menlo Park. Continue reading Cauliflower Green Onion Soup

A Peek Inside the Garden Gate. A Mother’s Day Patio Mini Makeover

Last weekend I worked on a great project, it was a mini garden makeover as a Mother’s Day present for my dear friend Rose.  I thought I would share a few pictures from this garden project and give you a peek inside the garden gate of Rose’s kitchen patio makeover. Continue reading A Peek Inside the Garden Gate. A Mother’s Day Patio Mini Makeover

Gamble Garden Spring Tour 2019. Enter the Garden

Last week I met a few friends to attend the annual Spring Tour at Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, California. Every year The Gamble Garden in Old Palo Alto hosts a Spring Tour where five neighborhood gardens are chosen to show their artistic landscape creativity.  A group of us garden aficionados – friends from all over the Bay Area meet each year to attend this event. This is the fourth year we got together to be part of this annual fundraiser where all proceeds from sales of tickets go towards the maintenance of the Gamble Garden. Continue reading Gamble Garden Spring Tour 2019. Enter the Garden