Planting the Seed for Sweet Peas

It’s fall and now is the perfect time to sow sweet pea seeds in our gardens. I know it’s hard to think of planting seeds for flowers that won’t bloom for another 6 months, but spring flowering bulbs and seeds like to be planted in fall so they can develop strong roots and get established before spring arrives when they produce their buxom blooms. In this case it’s sweet pea seeds, which give the lushest blooms when planted in the fall timeframe.

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Sundal. Savory Chickpeas and Coconut Snack

Every year in the fall, during the ten-day Indian festival of Navrathri, I am invited to a few of my friend’s homes for Golu where we are treated to a traditional south Indian Tamil snack called Sundal. We always look forward to eating this dish. In fact, all Tamilians make sundal for special occasions and there are many variations. Sundal is made with different types of pulses or legumes. Continue reading Sundal. Savory Chickpeas and Coconut Snack

Russian Carrot Patties

Have you ever had carrot fritters?  I haven’t. That is until my friend Iya introduced me to them.  Iya is the ultimate foodie. Loves cooking food, talking about food, sharing recipes about food, and hearing about food. Whenever we meet she will always ask me if I made anything interesting for dinner. In one of our conversations she was reminiscing about her childhood and how she remembered her Mom making carrot patties. Carrot patties?  I told her I’ve never heard of those before. Iya said her Mom would make them when she was a child but she hadn’t had them in years, in over two decades in fact. I was curious, and asked Iya for the recipe. But Iya didn’t recall how they were made, she only remembered that carrots were boiled and mashed and made into patties. Continue reading Russian Carrot Patties

Celebrating the Fall Festival of Navratri Golu. 2016

The girls, Hitesh and I recently celebrated the South Indian Tamil fall festival of Golu, and what a fun time we had visiting all our friend’s and families’ homes to view their Golu displays.

What is Golu? Golu is observed every fall during the ten-day Indian festival of Navrathri and is celebrated in South Indian Tamil homes, especially by the women of the household. Continue reading Celebrating the Fall Festival of Navratri Golu. 2016

The Seaside Village of Half Moon Bay, California

Years ago when I was working at Bay Networks here in the Bay Area, I was Program Manager for a few of their marketing and sales tools, and as part of the project team I hired a company called Medior to do multimedia animation and programming for my products. Medior’s offices were at Pelican Point in Half Moon Bay, California. They had converted an old abandoned fishing warehouse on the docks into an open plan office space for all their programmers, art designers, and office personnel.  It had a view of the Pacific Ocean and the pier, and the building was basically glass from top to bottom. It was a beautiful warehouse. I wish the iPhone was invented back then in 2001, I would have taken a few pictures of that gorgeous office building. I still have the image etched in my mind.  This is how I discovered the quaint town of Half Moon Bay, California, my all time favorite seaside village. Continue reading The Seaside Village of Half Moon Bay, California

ChrysantheMums for Beautiful Fall Color

Nothing feels like autumn like pumpkins and garden chrysanthemums also known as mums. Between these two of nature’s bounty, it is unmistakable that fall has arrived. Enjoying mums in the fall garden is the ultimate fall gardening indulgence. With their vibrant colors in glorious shades of orange, burgundy, reds, deep yellows, and dark purples, mums are such a welcome garden flower when the weather starts cooling and the days start getting dark much earlier. Just looking at these colored mums warms you up during the cool fall months. Continue reading ChrysantheMums for Beautiful Fall Color

Visit to Mombasa, Kenya

Mombasa, Kenya. This charming coastal town in South East Kenya is the hometown of Hitesh’s family. Mombasa is different from other cities in Kenya. Because this area was a trading post for Arab merchants who traded between East Africa and the Middle East, you see a lot of Arab influence here, from decor, to architecture, to the people. While majority of people in Kenya are Christian, in this coastal area a lot of the folks are Muslim. You see many mosques and you even hear morning prayer calls from loud speakers in Mombasa. It really is a town with a unique character different from the rest of Kenya. Continue reading Visit to Mombasa, Kenya

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