Shallot and Sugar Snap Peas Stir Fry Salad with Dijon Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

The inspiration for this wonderful spring salad came to me when I made a spring veggie paella in which I had lightly stir fried sugar snap peas with shallots. These veggies looked so good with the bright green sugar snap peas and caramelized shallots that I was tempted to just serve the veggies as a side dish or even as a salad. Continue reading Shallot and Sugar Snap Peas Stir Fry Salad with Dijon Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Lemon Ice Cream with Vanilla

When preserving lemons with powdered sugar lemons become deliciously tender and sweet including the rind.  These tender lemons are easy to blend into a wonderful sweet lemon sauce. The chunky lemons sauce is so delicious I sometimes just have a teaspoon or two to satisfy my sweet tooth!  The sauce can also be topped over yogurt or had as a compote with pancake or crepes.  Another idea is to use this wonderful lemon sauce in an ice cream. The sauce not only adds a fresh sweet lemony flavor it also adds texture to the ice cream.  This is is delicious creamy, sweet and tart ice cream with tender lemon pieces. Give it a try! Continue reading Lemon Ice Cream with Vanilla

Lemon Tart with Fresh Berries

Lemon tart. How hard is it to make this delicious dessert? Getting the egg yolks to cook with the cream without curdling, then add the lemon juice and hope that it all sets into a beautiful custard. It’s a lot of work and tricky to get it just right. That’s why when one of my twins wanted to make a lemon tart – all I could think of is how hard it is to make. But when Rani informed me that this recipe actually doesn’t require eggs, and for that matter you don’t even bake the tart, but instead you just make the lemon cream and cool it in the refrigerator, it really got me interested. Continue reading Lemon Tart with Fresh Berries

Broccoli Sauté with Turmeric and Asafetida

Broccoli sauté with turmeric and asafetida is the simplest side dish to make with the most delicious of results. Doesn’t take long to cook, tastes amazing, and is healthy as it gets. With just a couple good for you spices broccoli gets a flavor kick making it a wonderful veggie to have as a side dish or serve it along a side daal and rice for a delicious light dinner.  Asafetida adds that uniquely asafetida flavor while turmeric gives the broccoli that golden color, then add a bit of garlic – well because garlic just makes everything taste better, and you get a delicious broccoli stir fry.  This is always a hit in our family and I hope it becomes your new favorite way to eat broccoli.  Give it a try! Continue reading Broccoli Sauté with Turmeric and Asafetida

Vegetarian Pad Thai

Summer has begun in earnest! My twins are out of school and they have started their summer job, and I am more relaxed not worrying about them finishing their homework, studying for tests and completing their school projects on time. Yes, they are seventeen but still without the parents nagging schoolwork seems to get sidelined. Lets just say the whole family is relaxed during the summer break.  With this relaxed attitude come some cool ideas from my twins. For example, Anjali announced the moment school got out that this summer she wanted to cook at least once a week. I think she saw my face 🥺 – that’s a pleading face emoji.  She knew what I was thinking “Oh the mess in the kitchen and the cleanup after!”  Anjali quickly informs me that she won’t be making a big mess and she will cleanup after her cooking, and I should not worry.  She then goes on to assure me that she will show the recipes to me for approval – i.e. the recipes cannot be complicated with hard to find ingredients. And so this is how she came across this vegetarian pad thai recipe . Continue reading Vegetarian Pad Thai

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

Mixed Berry Julep

My daughter Anjali made this refreshing mixed berry julep for our Father’s Day dinner last Sunday that was deliciously summer. With loads of fresh berries, lots of mint leaves, sugar and fresh lemon all muddled together to bring out the berry juices; and then mixed with chilled ginger ale – oh my gosh just listing all the ingredients makes my mouth water 😋! I have to ask Anjali to make it again! Continue reading Mixed Berry Julep

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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Dark Chocolate Brandy Cardamom Ice Cream

With Father’s Day upon us this Sunday I thought I would share one of my most popular ice cream recipes that I posted around this same time last year. The ice cream flavor is a dark chocolate brandy cardamom ice cream and folks absolutely loved it. Brandy and dark chocolate are so good together and cardamom just takes it to the next level, and our guy (Father of three) absolutely went gaga over it! 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

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