Pasta Pomodoro with Fresh Tomato and Basil

Pasta Pomodoro with fresh tomatoes and basil has to be the easiest and most delicious of Italian pastas.  It’s hard not to like the pure feel good flavors of fresh tomato, garlic, and basil all tossed in a pasta with olive oil. Positively comfort food this dish is. In summer when fresh juicy plump tomatoes are in abundance in the garden and at the Farmers Markets, pasta pomodoro is the perfect dish to highlight the glorious tomato.  Continue reading Pasta Pomodoro with Fresh Tomato and Basil

Spain Inspired Vegetarian Dinner for our 2019 Rakshabandan Festival

Happy Tuesday!
Hope you had a great weekend!

Our weekend was busy prepping for the start of school for our twins, which starts later this week. We also had our annual dinner celebratingRakshabandan – the Indian sibling festival celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters. For this festival I usually mail my Rakhi (the thread bracelet that the sister ties on her brother’s wrist) to my brother who lives in Dallas, but this year I was in Dallas for my brother’s big birthday bashand got to tie it on his wrist in person, just a few days early. Continue reading Spain Inspired Vegetarian Dinner for our 2019 Rakshabandan Festival

Nasi Ulam. Malaysian Herb Scented Rice Salad

Nasi Ulam is a type of Malaysian rice salad made with a variety of fresh herbs and an Asian dimension that comes from toasted coconut and coconut oil. It’s fresh tasting, filling, and easy to make. An added allure is a lovely basket of fresh picked herbs. Perfect to make ahead and take to a party or for a barbecue in the garden, give this beautiful summer herb-inspired rice salad a try!  Continue reading Nasi Ulam. Malaysian Herb Scented Rice Salad

Peach, Plum and Nectarine Oat and Nut Crumble

August has been overflowing with homegrown stone fruits in our area.  A never-ending supply of peaches, plums, apricots, and nectarines have been arriving at our home from friends gardens and even my kid’s friend’s gardens. I love homegrown fruits, but we aren’t eating them fast enough and some of them are getting too ripe too fast. In an attempt to use up a large quantity of over-ripe fruit I whipped up this fruit crumble for an indulgent weeknight dessert. Loaded with juicy fruit and a crunchy soft oat and nut mixture, this is a delicious summer dessert made with delicious stone fruit. Continue reading Peach, Plum and Nectarine Oat and Nut Crumble

Warm Moong Beans with Fresh Mint and Turmeric

Moong beans are one of the healthiest dishes around. Packed with nutrients, low in calories, filling, and extremely healthy, this dish is a super food for vegetarians.It’s so good for you that many times it’s made as a side dish to go with any Indian meal. Continue reading Warm Moong Beans with Fresh Mint and Turmeric

Weekend in Dallas. 40/41 Birthday Bash

Happy Tuesday!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

 Hi folks, I hope you had a relaxing weekend and that your week is starting off great.  Around here for many of us school is starting this week! Luckily my twins’ school doesn’t start until next week, so I am soaking in all the relaxing time I have with them the next few days, and as a last hooray to the end of summer we just returned from a quick weekend trip to Dallas, Texas where my brother lives.  My bother Kiran and his wife Prachi turned 41/40 respectively and Prachi had planned a grand birthday bash for herself and my brother.  What an awesome weekend this turned out to be! Continue reading Weekend in Dallas. 40/41 Birthday Bash

Mango Salad with Cilantro and Red Onions

Do you sometimes cut a mango that wasn’t as ripe or sweet as you wanted? Turn that mango into a savory salad that is beautiful to look at and delicious. This basic recipe is quick and easy to make with simple ingredients. Add lettuce, spinach, or arugula and you can turn it into a leafy green salad with the added pizzaz of lush mangoes. Continue reading Mango Salad with Cilantro and Red Onions

Whole Grain Banana Bread with Flax and Chia Seeds

It was my birthday back in July and I got to celebrate it in Spain this year,which meant that I didn’t get a chance to celebrate it with my dear friends Rose and Devi like we have been doing for almost a decade now.  But a gal can celebrate her birthday more than once, can’t she?  So my friends hosted a small tea for me after I returned as a belated b’day get together.  It turned out to be a wonderful relaxing afternoon with good friends and good food. Continue reading Whole Grain Banana Bread with Flax and Chia Seeds

Pool Party Sliders with Goat Cheese and Tomato

Happy Thursday!
How is your summer going?  Staying cool? Ready for school to start?

For many kids summertime means hanging out at the pool and heading to pool parties around town. Well, if you are like me and would like to offer something healthier than chips and salsa and other such snack foods for all those ravenous pool swimmers, then these delicious and healthy sliders is your answer.  These goat cheese and tomato sliders are cool, tasty, and everyone will love them adults AND kids! Continue reading Pool Party Sliders with Goat Cheese and Tomato

Rowing at Lexington Reservoir with the Los Gatos Rowing Club in the Santa Cruz Mountains

I love driving to any destination that takes me towards Lexington Reservoir on Hwy 17 and the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Even after all these years of driving this road, the scenery here never seizes to amaze me. On any given day the mountains are gorgeous with clear blue skies or with the gentle mist of the Pacific Ocean Fog, the scenery is always awe-inspiring.  So you can imagine what a smile I must have had every morning at 8am when I had to take my daughter Rani to a rowing class right off Hwy 17  😊. Continue reading Rowing at Lexington Reservoir with the Los Gatos Rowing Club in the Santa Cruz Mountains

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