Fried Green Tomatoes. Last Harvest of the Season

Well, I waited as long as I could to take out all the summer vegetable plants, especially the tomato plants that were looking pretty sad but still had plenty of fruit. I thought the tomatoes would get ripe since we have been getting some 90-degree temperatures lately, but nothing is happening on those bushes, nada. The tomatoes are just sitting happily on the vines, doing absolutely nothing. They are just green, and it looks like time stood still. I couldn’t stand it anymore, and finally this past weekend I harvested all the green tomatoes and chopped down the tomato plants. I noticed with a batch of green tomatoes that we harvested a couple of weeks ago, that when they sit in a bowl indoors they do slowly start ripening. I’ll do the same with this last tomato harvest of the season.

Last harvest of the season

Looking at these green tomatoes I recalled a movie I watched years ago back in 1991 called Fried Green Tomatoes. I remembered liking the movie a lot as it had a great storyline set in Alabama about an unlikely friendship between a young waitress at a local diner and an elderly lady she volunteers to give company to at a Senior Citizen’s Home. I also remembered that it was the first time I had heard of fried green tomatoes. Continue reading Fried Green Tomatoes. Last Harvest of the Season

A Day Trip to Nantucket Island, Massachusetts

While visiting our friends Jo and Oliver in Cape Cod, Massachusetts this past summer, we made a day trip to the quaint island of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Under the guidance of Jo and Oliver, who were our tour guides for the day, we planned to spend the entire day on Nantucket Island.

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Pan-Seared Tofu with Broccoli & Peppers

Pan-Seared Tofu with Broccoli & Peppers
serves 2-3



  • 1 box extra firm tofu
  • 2 bell peppers cut into long strips or 10 small peppers cut lengthwise
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp crushed ginger
  • 4 tbsp Asian inspired braising sauce or marinade sauce
  • Oil

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Visit to Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Our friend Jo, who lives here in the Bay Area, has a summer home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and has been telling me for years to bring the kids and visit her. I finally decided to do it and made it out to Cape Cod this past July. What an amazing time we had.  Beaches, boats, hydrangeas, and cedar cottages. This is the best way to describe this charming area of Cape Cod.

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Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Seasoning Butter

When we visited my sister Banu in Philadelphia over the July 4th holiday, my brother-in-law Ranjit served us grilled asparagus one evening.  I’ve had grilled asparagus many times, but truth be told I’ve liked them average at best.  But these grilled asparagus were outstanding. Continue reading Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Seasoning Butter

Visit to Hershey’s Chocolate World in Hershey, Pennsylvania

Surreyfarms. A serene haven in the foothills of Northern California

IMG_5499I heard this past week of the sad news that veteran actor Gene Wilder passed away at the age of 83.  I’ve seen a few of his movies such as Stir Crazy, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein, all of which were great comedies, family friendly movies. But what Gene Wilder is most famous for is his role as Mr. Willie Wonka in the movie Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  What a classic this movie is. Based on the popular children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, this movie is a must see for kids of all ages. A great story about greed and selfishnes and how in the end love, generosity, and kindness towards others triumphs all misfortunes is a story that resonates even in today’s fast-paced world.

IMG_5500The kids and I have seen this movie countless times and we love it every time we watch…

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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.


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

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