Swiss Chard Risotto with Kale, Leeks & Artichokes

Creamy risotto with farm fresh kale and leeks tossed with Mediterranean inspired artichokes and goat cheese turns a smple arborio rice into a delicious vegetarian risotto full of tangy veggie flavor. Risotto can be made in so many variations, as many variations as the countless number of veggies out there. This combination of vegetables is especially delicious as leeks add such a wonderful green oniony taste while the artichokes add that meaty bite and texture, as for kale and Swiss chard? Well, they are just good for you super greens that when cooked in the risotto add these beautiful flecks of dark green ribbons that in my opinion looks very cool.  Mix in some creamy goat cheese and tangy Parmesan cheese and you get this delicious risotto loaded with good for you veggies. Give it a try!

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Upma, Raita and Soup. Lunch with a Friend

Happy Tuesday!

It’s looking like fall around here; temperatures are cooler, leaves are falling, and it’s getting darker earlier in the evenings.  This type of weather always gets me in a contemplative mood.  It’s times like these when allthough I want to socialize and meet friends, I really want to keep it low-key – you know what I mean?  This is the mood I was in when I had a friend over for a simple fall lunch one Friday afternoon recently.  Not two friends, not three, but just one.  It’s nice once in a while to have a quiet lunch with a friend, it gives us a chance to catch up one/one with each other and relax over comfort food and conversation. Continue reading Upma, Raita and Soup. Lunch with a Friend

Foraged Flora Pumpkin Decorating with Friends

Happy Sunday! 

Hi folks, I hope you are having a good weekend! Ours has been a quiet one especially after all the power outages we had the previous weekend, we were happy to be home with electricity and happy to have a low-key couple of days.

Today I would love to share with you a fabulous fall garden project that uses foraged flora and natural garden elements. Are you looking for a creative way to decorate your pumpkins this season? Try this foraged flora pumpkin project that everyone can be a part off. All you need is glue and foraged flora and you can make the most beautiful decorated pumpkin that I promise will look like you purchased it from a high-end florist! Continue reading Foraged Flora Pumpkin Decorating with Friends

Halloween in the Neighborhood 2019

How was your Halloween Thursday? Ours was really nice walking with the kids in our neighborhood.  The weather was pleasantly warm and there were a good number of people out and about having a great time. A few streets down the road from us take Halloween extremely seriously and decorate their homes, their entire street, and get all decked out for Halloween. It’s practically like walking in a Halloween street party!  It’s all in good fun with everyone having a wonderful time.  Here is a look at a few pictures I took of the festivities. Continue reading Halloween in the Neighborhood 2019

Nutrient Packed Super Greens Enchilada with Sweet Potatoes and Shitake

Looking for a hearty main vegetarian dish full of flavor and nutrients?  Then these enchiladas are the ones to make! I packed these enchiladas with so much veggies that every veggie released its own flavor making the dish an absolutely satisfying meal. Continue reading Nutrient Packed Super Greens Enchilada with Sweet Potatoes and Shitake

Wonderful Friends, Power Outage, and A Memorable Diwali Weekend.

Happy Tuesday!

Hope you had a lovely weekend.  Ours was eventful to say the least!  It was our Indian festival of Diwali this past weekend and Indians all over the world were celebrating in grand style.  I had planned a big party on Saturday for all my friends and family and had catered food and arranged for sweets to be baked by my friend Rose, only to find out Friday that the high wind danger in our area was going to cause power outages on Saturday evening! After all the planning I had done I had to reluctantly cancel our big party 😒😞.   Better safe than sorry. Continue reading Wonderful Friends, Power Outage, and A Memorable Diwali Weekend.

Friday Flowers. Remembering Masi

I hope you are having a good week and are looking forward to a lovely weekend.  For us, this week has been rather somber.  We found out earlier this week that my dear friend Nishma’s Mother-in-law whom we affectionately called Masi (Aunty) passed away.  She was 90 years old and passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. Continue reading Friday Flowers. Remembering Masi

Roasted Sweet Potato, Fennel and Leeks with Lemon Slices and Rosemary

Roasted sweet potatoes always taste great but roast them with leeks, fennel and lemon slices and this simple dish gets a huge makeover. The best part of this recipe? Just toss everything together and roast them all together. No seperate roasting times, just one big pan of veggies roasting together in harmony. The lemon slices caramelize nicely and mellows out the lemon making the slices so tender that you can actually eat the slices, rind and all! Continue reading Roasted Sweet Potato, Fennel and Leeks with Lemon Slices and Rosemary

Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice. Hazelnut Apple Almond Crumble.

Last weekend I was invited to my friend Nishma’s home for a pre-Diwali dinner and for the party I was requested to bring my cardamom apple almond crumble. It was the perfect time to make this dessert as I had a bunch of garden apples from my friend Devi waiting to be consumed.  This time though I made a slight change to my recipe, when I went to the store to pick up all the ingredients I noticed in the baking isle Bob’s Red Mill Hazelnut Meal. I grabbed a bag and made the apple crumble with a mix of hazelnut meal, almond flour and oats.  It turned out awesome! Interesting observation that one of my kids made with the hazelnut addition is that this nut flour binds much better than almond meal, almost the same consistency as flour.  This is one decadent healthyish dessert packed with good for you oats, nuts, fruit and spices with the sweetness of brown sugar. Give it a try! Continue reading Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice. Hazelnut Apple Almond Crumble.

Friday Foothills. Hiking the South Bay Trails Spring, Summer and Fall

Happy Friday!

I hope you are enjoying autumn with its changing weather and falling leaves. Here in the Bay Area we have had a roller coaster of fall weather lately, heat waves with temps in the 90s, then a cooling down to the low 50s and 40s, then back up to pleasant 70s and 80s.  The weather has been unpredictable to say the least.  Most mornings however our temperatures are always in the cool and pleasant 50s, perfect time to get out in nature and go on a hike, a walk or a jog.  Today I would like to share some of the photos I took on a few hikes I’ve been on the last few months. Friday Foothills is what I call this series of pics.  I hope you like them. Continue reading Friday Foothills. Hiking the South Bay Trails Spring, Summer and Fall

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