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Cauliflower Broccoli & Potato Curry

Cauliflower, broccoli and potato curry is a dish I had at my friend Radhika’s home when we all went over for dinner recently.  Radhika had made a traditional South Indian Tamil meal for the evening that was outstanding. One of the veggie dishes was a broccoli cauliflower and potato curry that was so good that Rani was having seconds and thirds. It seems this curry is a favorite of Radhika’s two sons and is a dish that Radhika’s Father used to make when she was young.  Continue reading Cauliflower Broccoli & Potato Curry

Celebrating the Bond Among Siblings in the Festival of Raksha Bhandan

Last weekend I had my cousins over for dinner to celebrate the Indian festival of Raksha Bhandhan.  Raksha Bhandan celebrates the bond that exists between brothers and sisters and is observed every year in August. The relationship between siblings is a very special one and this unique bond is celebrated during Raksha Bhandan. It is a day when siblings pray for each other’s well-being and happiness. Though traditionally Raksha Bhandan is observed mostly in Northern and Northwestern parts of India and in Nepal; this festival of sibling love has spread to other parts of India today. Continue reading Celebrating the Bond Among Siblings in the Festival of Raksha Bhandan

Happy Mother’s Day!!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful Moms out there!!  
 🌸💐🌹 Wish you a day filled with lots of love and plenty of relaxation!  😍😘🤗❤️💕

Moms love to receive flowers so in honor of Moms everywhere I would like to share these Mother’s Day bouquets I made for friends and neighbors this year ❤️💕🌹💐 . Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day!!

Soft Tacos with Roasted Cauliflower, Leeks & Peppers

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo here is a simple and delicious recipe for soft tacos with roasted cauliflower, leeks and peppers with a few Mexican spices. Since we are celebrating Mexican culture, I would like to take this opportunity to share these photos I took of beautiful Mexican tiles at gorgeous Spanish Mission style buildings in and around California.

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All Natural Colored Easter Eggs

Easter is around the corner. You know what that means? Colored eggs of all sorts – chicken eggs, chocolate eggs, jelly bean eggs – all eggs in a wide variety of colors. Here is a way to color your chicken eggs the all-natural way so that we can actually eat the eggs right after its been colored.  I hate to waste food, so for years I felt bad when good hardboiled eggs were used to color and make designs with regular paint color – and then when I found out the eggs just got thrown away after all the fun, I just couldn’t bring us to color any. By coloring eggs the all-natural way we can actually eat the eggs after we have fun coloring them. Continue reading All Natural Colored Easter Eggs

Broccoli Pepper Stir Fry Peanut Butter Noodles

Happy Lunar New Year!
The Year of the Dog

Happy Lunar New Year! Lunar New Year is the most important celebration in China. Originally it was tied to the lunar-solar Chinese calendar and was celebrated over 15 days. During this time families honor their household,  heavenly deities, as well as the family’s ancestors. It was also a time to bring families together for feasting. Continue reading Broccoli Pepper Stir Fry Peanut Butter Noodles

Valentine’s Day Stay at Home Vegetarian Family Dinner 2018

❤️💞💖💓💗 Happy Valentine’s Day ❤️💞💖💓💗!

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Every year a few days before Valentine’s Day my twins ask me this question “What special menu are you planning for Valentine’s Day?”  I don’t know why but the question always catches me off guard, because Valentine’s Day usually falls on a week day and I assume that everyone just wants to get on with their homework and studying and relaxing after a long day at work. Every year I ask the kids if they want to celebrate Valentine’s day on the weekend when it is more relaxed, but I get the same answer every time “No. Valentine’s Day is on February 14th, why can’t we have a special dinner on this day? Maybe even a dessert or something?”   Continue reading Valentine’s Day Stay at Home Vegetarian Family Dinner 2018

Celebrating the Harvest Festival of Shankranthi. January 14th, 2018

Sunday, January 14th was the Indian harvest festival of Shankranthi celebrated all over India. Shankranthi is observed every year on January 14th and is the only Hindu festival that follows the solar calendar, unlike other Indian festivals that follow the lunar calendar and can occur on different dates depending on the year. Shankranthi is known by various names depending on the region of India. In the state of Gujarat in western India, Shankranthi is known as Uttarayan, in the central, eastern and northern Indian states Shankranthi is known as Maghi, while in the state of  Tamilnadu in South India it is called Pongal. Continue reading Celebrating the Harvest Festival of Shankranthi. January 14th, 2018