Category Archives: Stories From Our Home

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

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

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing Dads!
May your day be relaxing surrounded by the people you love 💙💙💙!

You’ve Been There For Me
You’ve been there for me all my life,
And loved me through both joy and strife.
Thank you Dad for believing in me,
Thank you for taking my side
Through all the ups and downs of life,
And every bumpy ride.
So with gratitude I’d like to say,
Have a Happy Father’s Day!
Best Father’s Day Poems on homemade gifts made easy.

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Sunday Soups to Sunday Salads

Happy June 2nd! June has finally brought with it warmer temperatures around here. It felt much warmer yesterday only to find out that it was barely 78 degrees! I guess with all the cool weather we have been having even 78 degrees feels warm. That’s why I had a hard time posting a Sunday Soup recipe today, as it’s going to be another warm day. For that matter, I am officially switching over from Sunday Soups to Sunday Salads starting today. Summer has finally arrived and it’s time to take advantage of all the bounty of fresh veggies at this time of year and make a few delicious and colorful salads. Welcome to a summer of Sunday Salads!

I also want to take this opportunity to share with you a story I did a while back on how our Sunday Soup tradition came about and how it has helped our family’s Sunday dinner routine. Hope you enjoy the article. Happy Sunday and have a great week ahead!

Surreyfarms. A serene haven in the foothills of Northern California

It’s June already and it’s getting warm around here in Northern California. Roses are blooming, lilies too, dahlias are sprouting, and pretty much every type of flower you can think of is blooming right now. We are swimming in color at this time of year. Perfect inspiration for making wonderful light and colorful salads.

I am always thrilled to hear that the recipes I post are so well received and most of all that they are being tried in your home kitchen. But truth be told, the most popular recipes are my Sunday Soups. So many of you have told me time and time again that you love my Sunday Soup tradition and are enjoying making the soup recipes I post.  To you all, I especially want to apologize, as I will be taking a break from Sunday Soups. The weather is warming up finally making it a great time…

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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

Hazelnut Apricot Torte

I am always looking for inspiration when it comes to cooking creatively; I especially love it when friends send me an impromptu text sharing a photo of what they’ve made. That’s how I came across this easy and amazingly delicious Italian hazelnut apricot torte. I had just sent my friend Rose a text with a photo of a Spanish almond cake I had made (from her recipe) when she in return sent me a photo of her freshly baked hazelnut apricot torte.   Continue reading Hazelnut Apricot Torte

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

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Moms, Grandmas, daughters, sisters, Aunts and girlfriends out there!
Wishing you a day filled with love and relaxation!

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I am my Mother’s Garden

My Mother kept a garden,
A garden of the heart.
She planted all the good things
That gave my life it’s start.
She turned me to the sunshine
And encouraged me to dream.
Fostering and nurturing
The seeds of self-esteem.
And when the winds and rain came,
She protected me enough.
But not too much because she knew
I’d need to stand up strong and tough.
Her constant good example
Always taught me right from wrong.
Markers for my pathway
That will last a lifetime long.
I am my Mother’s garden.
I am her legacy.

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