Hello, hello, how are we all doing? Still hanging in there with Social Distancing? We are all going along doing our part, and we are doing a great job from the news articles I am reading. It’s the beginning of week 4 in the Bay Area of our Shelter in Place. If you are wondering if all these measures are working, these excerpts gives us a glimpse of hope that it is. Continue reading Tried and True and Some New. Week 4 of Social Distancing
With all things wholesome such as fresh apples, oats, nuts, cinnamon, and brown sugar Apple crumble is my go-to dessert when I want to make something sweet, easy and comforting. It’s the most simple of desserts with the most stupendous of results. For today’s recipe I took my original Cardamom Spiced Apple Almond Crumble and modified it to add lots of pecans. I added pecans because honestly I was in the mood for crunchy pecans in a dessert. Continue reading Apple Pecan Crumble
My kids have been craving trifle for months and have been asking me to make it for a while now, but it’s hard to make a small trifle just enough for a family of five. Trifle has layers of pound cake, berries, and cream that is all made to look pretty and gorgeous, Continue reading Berry Trifle
Wine poached dried fruits is one of those sweet treats that looks like it came from an old-fashioned Victorian shop and tastes as decadent as it looks. Seriously though, what’s not to like about a boozy jam of fruit compote that can be had with ice cream or a piece of cake? Wine poached fruits tastes like a fruit cake in jar. With lots of wine, spices and dried fruits the only thing missing is the flour, butter and baking. Super delicious, decadent and oh so fancy, you might think these poached fruits are hard to make but in actuality it’s pretty darn easy! Continue reading Wine Poached Dried Fruits
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.
Apples, plump dates and sweet spices, with these pure simple ingredients you get tarts that are gooey, sweet and delicious. Best part is how easy they are to make especially when made with store bought pastry dough. Here is a quick and easy recipe for delicious individualized apple date tarts. Continue reading Apple Date Tarts
Apricot crostata is such a beautiful dessert to photograph. That gorgeous orange and golden colored fruit is a treat for the palette and the palate. By now if you have been following my blog for a while you know that my friend Rose is an amazing baker and I have featured so many of her recipes right here on my blog. Well, I can add another one of her delectable desserts to my catalog, this apricot crostata. Continue reading Apricot Crostata
I love sweet dark burgundy port, especially with berries such as blackberries and blueberries. There is something about that dark sweet wine that goes so well with deep dark berries – they just seem to belong together. Port adds that extra bit of sophistication or as they say in French that certain “je ne sais quoi”. That’s why I love making my blackberry blueberry pies and tarts with a little bit of port. Without it, the tart will taste great, but with it, port just takes it over the top. A little splash goes a long way. Continue reading Blackberry Port Pie
One of my favorite natural desserts to offer at dinner gatherings is a fresh cut fruit salad. Fresh fruit salad is one of those all natural desserts that makes for a great sweet treat. The natural sugar of fruits rarely require the addition of sugar and when cut up into bite size pieces guests can”t help but be tempted to have a bowl full of fruit. Besides, when the work is done for them and all the fruit nicely cut and presented so beautifully, how can anyone resist? Let me tell you folks, it always amazes me how popular the humble fruit salad is at any party, it’s always cleaned out!! Continue reading Fresh Fruit Salad
Hope you had a great weekend!
Our weekend was busy prepping for the start of school for our twins, which starts later this week. We also had our annual dinner celebratingRakshabandan – the Indian sibling festival celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters. For this festival I usually mail my Rakhi (the thread bracelet that the sister ties on her brother’s wrist) to my brother who lives in Dallas, but this year I was in Dallas for my brother’s big birthday bashand got to tie it on his wrist in person, just a few days early. Continue reading Spain Inspired Vegetarian Dinner for our 2019 Rakshabandan Festival