Arugula and Mushroom Pizza with Goat Cheese

Years ago, and I mean over 10 years ago, before my cousin Nando was even married and even before I had my twins Anjali and Rani, Nando invited us to dinner at his home in Sunnyvale, California.  What could Nando really make for dinner I wondered?  I was skeptical.  I offered to cook something and bring it to the dinner.  But Nando declined the offer and said he had it all covered.

On a Saturday evening, Hitesh, Sri and I went to Nando’s for dinner.  At this dinner I discovered the best and most unique homemade pizza I had ever tasted. This pizza was delicious and so original at that time. Continue reading Arugula and Mushroom Pizza with Goat Cheese

“I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world’s variety …”

“I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world’s variety and uniqueness.” by Maya Angelou.  What better way to describe my recent trips this past summer.

I made a new year’s resolution early this year, to travel more and to get out of my comfort zone i.e. California. Continue reading “I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world’s variety …”

Van’s Gorgeous Garden Abode

I did it again.  I made a new friend because of our mutual love of gardening.  I met Van at my friend Rose’s house a few times a while back, but not until Van found out from Rose what a big gardener I am did we connect and reach out to each other.

Through Rose, Van invited me to come and see her garden and give her advice on an area that she was looking at re-doing a couple of years ago. I had no idea what to expect, I was of course honored and excited to be giving some gardening tips. I happily agreed, and Rose and I went together to Van’s home for tea one day.

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What a wonderful surprise I was in for. Continue reading Van’s Gorgeous Garden Abode

Heirloom Tomatoes with Salt & Pepper

Heirloom tomatoes with salt and pepper. Yes, It’s that simple.  And it looks and tastes amazing. Every year in late summer heirloom tomatoes are showing up at Farmer’s Markets and grocery stores.  Heirloom tomatoes come in a rainbow of colors and in all shapes and sizes – that’s what makes them heirloom tomatoes, and so much fun to look at and eat. Continue reading Heirloom Tomatoes with Salt & Pepper

Martha Stewart’s Tofu Fries

I’m a big fan of Martha Stewart and have been for a very long time. Years ago when Martha Stewart had her television show, I would tape all her shows and then watch them later after I came home from work.   I loved her cooking recipes and gardening tips, and just her entire outlook on healthy wholesome living.  I even had a subscription to her magazine Martha Stewart Living that was a great resource for seasonal recipes, seasonal gardening, homemade gifts and crafts, and local stories of interest from all parts of America. She was ahead of her time that’s for sure. Continue reading Martha Stewart’s Tofu Fries

Salad of Roasted Cauliflower and Olives

Roasted Cauliflower and Olive Salad

Ingredients:

  • Head of one small cauliflower cut into small florets
  • 8 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1 cup kalamata olives or any olives of your choice or capers
  • Salt and pepper
  • Vinaigrette dressing. Here is the link to my  Simple Vinaigrette Dressing
  • 2 bags of spring greens

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Simple Vinaigrette Dressing

I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked the recipe for my vinaigrette dressing. It’s my go-to dressing for any and all salads.  I can make it instantly or make it in advance, it’s quick, and it’s easy.  And it’s always delicious.  It is the easiest dressing to make and only requires 4 ingredients – vinegar, olive oil, salt, & pepper. The only other ingredient I use in this vinaigrette is honey to make my honey vinaigrette dressing for a sweeter version. Continue reading Simple Vinaigrette Dressing

The Healing Garden by Gay Search

The Healing Garden. Gardening for the Mind, Body, and Soul by Gay Search is a wonderful resource on gardening whether you are starting a garden from scratch, or just changing a part of your garden.  Though I bought this book many years ago, I find the information in it to be relevant and applicable even today.

This is an excellent book on how to grow and maintain a garden that speaks to all our senses including touch, smell, color and even spiritual components to the garden are addressed in this book. The author Gay Search looks at many aspects of gardening and shows us how it is more than just plants that go into a garden. She shows us how a garden can be a refuge for us to escape into another world, where for a few minutes you can be transported to a peaceful place. Continue reading The Healing Garden by Gay Search

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