One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

This recipe is for all you home cooks out there who want to make a quick dinner that tastes over the top delicious with minimal effort. Folks, this is by far one of the easiest dinners I have ever made!!  And it’s beyond delicious, as in you just can’t mess this recipe up! Seriously though you just can’t, because nothing can go wrong with this combination of ingredients – garlic, onions, tomatoes, pasta = comfort food delicious!! Continue reading One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

Sayur Lodeh. Javanese Vegetable Curry

Good Monday to you all. How was your weekend? Hopefully you had a more peaceful weekend than the weekend before. We are still aware of the pandemic that is prevalent around us and I am still in support of the peaceful protests that have invigorated our nation.  As we continue to be mindful and aware of racial inequalities and injustices that happen on a daily basis in this country, I humbly admit that I was grateful for a more peaceful weekend.  After a week of heart wrenching stories surrounding the reasons for the protests combined with the sweltering heat that we had in the Bay Area, both the news and our temperatures cooled down by Friday.  Our weather was spectacular by Friday and by the weekend our temperatures were back in the cool 60s and 70s, perfect for gardening.  I planted more veggie seedlings that I picked up from my friend Veena. Veena has an amazing garden here in my neighborhood and I’ve featured her beautiful garden multiple times on my blogAmong the veggie seedlings I got from her this time were green beans, pumpkin seedlings, watermelon, and squash plants. I can’t wait to see how these plants do up in my veggie patch. Continue reading Sayur Lodeh. Javanese Vegetable Curry

“I keep my ideals, because … I still believe that people are good at heart.” Anne Frank

Good Monday to you all.  How was your weekend? I hope you had a more peaceful weekend than we had around here.  It’s been a tumultuous weekend here in America. The news of the pandemic took a break and instead the news stories were all about the nationwide protests for justice for African Americans. It goes beyond saying that many of us who saw the news understood the hurt among the protestors and what they were protesting against, which is racial injustice facing people of color in this country today.  I just can’t help but feel sad and heavy hearted at what I see and hear in the news.  Continue reading “I keep my ideals, because … I still believe that people are good at heart.” Anne Frank

Creamy Burrata Cheese with Caramelized Leeks and Onions

Good Thursday to you all.  Are you missing going out to your favorite restaurant? Sitting over a relaxing meal with family and friends over candlelight? We may not be able to go to our favorite restaurants and sit together just yet, but we can at least try and bring a piece of it home to enjoy.  Enter this restaurant-inspired recipe. I call it restaurant inspired because I can picture one of our little Italian restaurants serving this at the table for everyone to enjoy.  In fact, that’s the best way to have this appetizer, all sitting together around a coffee table or in the garden with a chilled glass of drink, chatting and partaking of baguette slices spread with this creamy burrata appetizer. Continue reading Creamy Burrata Cheese with Caramelized Leeks and Onions

Mango Frozen Yogurt

This is the perfect ice cream to make when mangoes have become too ripe to cut and serve. You know how sometimes the skin of fresh mango becomes shriveled and the flesh is so soft that the mango is more juicy and mushy making it hard to cut? These are perfect mangoes for a mango frozen yogurt. All you do is combine soft mango pulp with Greek yogurt and honey to create this deliciously healthy frozen dessert. Nothing fancy, just good simple ingredients and you have a sweet and delicious dessert that anyone can enjoy when you get an ice cream craving.  Give it a try! Continue reading Mango Frozen Yogurt

Twins Surprise Virtual Grad Party 🎓🎓

Good Monday to you all!  I hope you are having a relaxing holiday weekend (for those in the U.S. celebrating Memorial Day).  I know it seems each day is blurring into another these days, as one of my friends put it “Feels like every day is a weekend, and every weekend is just another day.”   Still its nice to know that on the weekend you don’t have to wake up early and get to work online.  On our side we had a busier Saturday than we have had in the last three months.  My twins graduated high school!!  Continue reading Twins Surprise Virtual Grad Party 🎓🎓

La Fiesta de los Patios de Córdoba. The Festival of the Courtyards of Córdoba 2020

Hello and a good Friday to you all.  How was your week? I hope it was good one and you got some fresh air despite having to work from home and school from home, maybe you even got to venture out a little more?  As some of you may recall couple of weeks ago for Mother’s Day I did a post on an idea for a Mother’s Day flower exchange where my friends and I exchanged flower bouquets made from our own gardens. Continue reading La Fiesta de los Patios de Córdoba. The Festival of the Courtyards of Córdoba 2020

Araicha Kootu. South Indian Squash Stew with Coconut Paste

Kootu is a type of vegetable stew that is made often in South Indian homes and is a great way to combine lentils and vegetables in a one pot dish.  Kootu is made with vegetables, lentils and fresh coconut that are all delicately flavored with spices and is served over steaming white rice. With this combination of ingredients one doesn’t need anything else  – protein, starch and vegetables are all taken care of in one delicious meal. Continue reading Araicha Kootu. South Indian Squash Stew with Coconut Paste

Blueberry Raspberry Bran Muffins

These healthyish muffins are made with so many good ingredients that you can almost have them guilt-free.  Yes, that’s right, these muffins are healthy enough that they will have you wanting more than one, and the best part is not only are they healthy, the recipe is easy to make too.  You don’t even need a mixer! Just whisk the wet ingredients, then sift the dry ingredients, combine the two and bake. In Chef Ina Garten’s own words “How easy is that?” Blueberry bran muffins on Barefootcontessa.com
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Zucchini Chard Risotto

I call this risotto Mid-May Risotto because I made it on a Saturday evening on May 16th with a variety of seasonal veggies I had.  They included chard, leeks, zucchini, early spring onions and garlic among other things.  When I saw these fresh veggies I couldn’t wait to use them all up! And since we have been having gorgeous weather here, I’m talking cool 70s, sunny skies and cool breeze, all this beautiful weather got me in the mood to make a light veggie risotto accompanied with a glass of wine, you know what I mean? Continue reading Zucchini Chard Risotto

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