Category Archives: Sweet Treats

Hey Gorgeous. You are a Beautiful Breakfast Bowl!

Rani made this amazingly gorgeous breakfast bowl one Sunday morning and all of us gave her this look of “Excuse me, where is our gorgeous breakfast bowl?”  This yogurt breakfast bowl looked positively amazing!  So many vibrant colors – red, white and blue,  nutty granola, peanut butter, juicy berries, honey, and even edible flowers were in this bowl. Is this the perfect cool breakfast on a hot summer day or what? Continue reading Hey Gorgeous. You are a Beautiful Breakfast Bowl!

Dark Chocolate Brandy Cardamom Ice Cream

Dark chocolate, cardamom, brandy, cream and honey – combine all these ingredients and what you have is a delicious ice cream spiked with a touch of brandy.  Naturally, this ice cream is not meant for kids, however of you are looking for an adult ice cream that takes care of after dinner drinks and dessert all in one –  then this decadent dark chocolate and cardamom brandy ice cream is the one. Continue reading Dark Chocolate Brandy Cardamom Ice Cream

Basbousa. Middle Eastern Semolina Cake

Happy Thursday! If you have been following the news or know anyone who is of Islamic faith then you know that Ramadan has been observed by Muslims all over the world for the last 4 weeks. During the annual observance of Ramadan Muslims fast for one month, which involves not eating or drinking between sunrise and sunset. This is meant to allow people to devote themselves further to their faith with the goal of ultimately becoming closer to God. The annual fast during Ramadan is an integral part of the Islamic faith.

This year Ramadan took place from mid-May to mid-June (ending on June 15th this year). The last day of Ramadan is known as the “festival of breaking the fast” and it is called Eid al-Fitr, this marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. On Eid as it is known Muslims gather together at the mosque for a prayer before spending the day with family and friends with a large feast and wishing one another ‘Eid Mubarak’ or ‘Blessed Eid’. Which brings me to this Middle Eastern dessert called basbousa that is usually made for celebratory occassions. Continue reading Basbousa. Middle Eastern Semolina Cake

Georgina’s Rose Petal Jam

Roses are blooming everywhere around town including my garden. When we have this many roses all blooming at once I think of my friend Georgina’s rose petal jam. Every summer my friend Georgina will gift me a couple jars of her homemade rose petal jam made with rose petals from the spring flush of rose blooms. This jam is just out of this world delicious 😋. Our eldest daughter Sri absolutely loves, loves, loves, Georgina’s rose petal jam. Georgina has been dropping off a jar or two of her rose petal jelly every summer for almost 10 years now, and Sri just got hooked on it. As a routine every summer Sri would look in the refrigerator and ask me, “Mom, where is Georgina Aunty’s Rose Petal Jelly?”  As if it is a guarantee that it will be there in the summer time. Sri has been having this jam ever since she was in Middle School (she graduated college now). Georgina has been making her Rose Petal Jam for that many years. Continue reading Georgina’s Rose Petal Jam

Carrot Ginger Tea Cake with Lime Glaze

Here I was waiting at the dentist’s office for my kids to get done with their appointment and as is typical of me I picked up a few magazines in the waiting room to occupy my time. Funny thing about these magazines, even though I subscribe to a few of the same magazines at home, somehow when I read them at the doctor’s office, the articles seem more interesting – go figure 🤔.  This recipe for carrot ginger tea cake is from Sunset Magazine, and is one of those magazines that I do subscribe to and get a nice crisp issue mailed to me at home. I know I went through the issue when I received it, and I know I must have seen this carrot cake recipe, but not until I saw it at the doctor’s office did it look enticing enough for me to want to make it.  I came home and promptly looked for that issue and found the recipe. Continue reading Carrot Ginger Tea Cake with Lime Glaze

Sherry Cake

Not too sweet, with the lovely fragrance of sherry, this is a wonderful cake that is the easiest to make. This sherry cake recipe is my friend Swati’s favorite. She has been raving about it and baking this cake for years. It is one of those cakes that is almost always on her dessert menu when we get together for dinner at her place.  Continue reading Sherry Cake

Pansy Blossom Ice Cream

I made this pansy blossom ice cream for Rani’s birthday in early March that turned out awesome. As one of Rani’s friends recently developed an intolerance to dairy we made our ice cream with coconut milk and coconut cream. Coconut milk or coconut cream is a great alternative to dairy cream and it’s a boon to those folks who are lactose intolerant. Our vanilla ice cream with pansy blossoms turned out so good that all the kids devoured it 😋.  Pansy flowers add delicate purple colored flecks to a simple vanilla ice cream. Continue reading Pansy Blossom Ice Cream

Flavored Honey

I bought a rather eclectic cookbook filled with not so ordinary vegetarian recipes recently titled Naturally Vegetarian. Recipes and Stories from my Italian Family Farm by Valentina Solfrini. I have never found an Italian cookbook dedicated entirely to vegetarian dishes until this one. While exploring the book I discovered that author Valentina has a blog called hortuscuisine.com food from the Italian countryside.  Her blog is filled with travel stories and nostalgic Italian vegan and vegetarian recipes. On Valentina’s blog is where I found this beautiful post on flavored honeys. Continue reading Flavored Honey

Lemon Honey Ginger Pound Cake

I bought some gorgeous amber colored honey from a local home beekeeper recently. This lady has a large garden with flowers and lavender bushes and she raises honeybees for honey which she harvests and sells through word of mouth. All proceeds form the honey sales are donated to our local Second Harvest Food Bank in San Jose. She doesn’t even want the checks written in her name, she just wants all payments made directly to the food bank. I bought six bottles from her – I mean what a winning combination – proceeds from local honey sales that go directly to a local food bank – win/win! Continue reading Lemon Honey Ginger Pound Cake