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Light and Fluffy Blueberry Muffins

Looking to make a quick batch of cup cakes loaded with good for you blueberries?  This recipe makes the most light and fluffy blueberry cup cakes ever!  I picked up this recipe from my friend Nishma who asked me to stop by for a quick cup of tea and a light breakfast after my morning gym workout one day. These delicious blueberry muffins were on her menu.  Light and fluffy and sweetened to perfection, these muffins tasted so good with a cup of tea in the morning, that I must admit I did feel a little guilty having it after my workout.  But Nishma informed me that it was light on the sugar and made with almond flour.  Somehow hearing this made me enjoy the muffin even more. Continue reading Light and Fluffy Blueberry Muffins

Fresh Fig and Ginger Lemon Jam

This recipe couldn’t have shown up in my in box at a better time, a recipe for a fig jam made with plump fresh figs and fresh ginger was just too tempting to ignore, especially as I had just received the biggest most plump figs I have ever seen from my friend Veena’s garden.  I’m not kidding; these figs were HUGE and so gorgeous inside with dark burgundy color flesh that it was just a delight to see. Even my kids kept looking at these figs and oohing and aaahing at these beauties. Four of these giant figs were more than enough to make a jar of jam. Here’s the best part, to get a thick creamy jam I didn’t even have to use any pectin, preservatives or thickening ingredient. And let me tell you folks this jam is delicious!! Continue reading Fresh Fig and Ginger Lemon Jam

Blackberry Port Pie

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

Fresh Fruit Salad

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

Peach, Plum and Nectarine Oat and Nut Crumble

August has been overflowing with homegrown stone fruits in our area.  A never-ending supply of peaches, plums, apricots, and nectarines have been arriving at our home from friends gardens and even my kid’s friend’s gardens. I love homegrown fruits, but we aren’t eating them fast enough and some of them are getting too ripe too fast. In an attempt to use up a large quantity of over-ripe fruit I whipped up this fruit crumble for an indulgent weeknight dessert. Loaded with juicy fruit and a crunchy soft oat and nut mixture, this is a delicious summer dessert made with delicious stone fruit. Continue reading Peach, Plum and Nectarine Oat and Nut Crumble

Mango Salad with Cilantro and Red Onions

Do you sometimes cut a mango that wasn’t as ripe or sweet as you wanted? Turn that mango into a savory salad that is beautiful to look at and delicious. This basic recipe is quick and easy to make with simple ingredients. Add lettuce, spinach, or arugula and you can turn it into a leafy green salad with the added pizzaz of lush mangoes. Continue reading Mango Salad with Cilantro and Red Onions

Whole Grain Banana Bread with Flax and Chia Seeds

It was my birthday back in July and I got to celebrate it in Spain this year,which meant that I didn’t get a chance to celebrate it with my dear friends Rose and Devi like we have been doing for almost a decade now.  But a gal can celebrate her birthday more than once, can’t she?  So my friends hosted a small tea for me after I returned as a belated b’day get together.  It turned out to be a wonderful relaxing afternoon with good friends and good food. Continue reading Whole Grain Banana Bread with Flax and Chia Seeds

Cantaloupe and Sugar Snap Peas Salad with Feta and Pistachios

This is a sweet refreshing salad with the cheesy tang of fresh feta and a mustardy vinaigrette. Cantaloupe adds not only a fruity flavor in this salad but also gives the salad some heft.  Then add in thinly sliced sugar snap peas, thinly sliced onions and cucumber and this becomes a delicious salad that is sweet, fruity, crunchy and tangy.  Served with some crusty bread and a chilled glass of anything drink, this makes for a wonderful light Sunday salad dinner on any hot sweltering summer evening. Continue reading Cantaloupe and Sugar Snap Peas Salad with Feta and Pistachios

Shaved Fennel and Orange Salad

Fennel, juicy oranges, dried cranberries and capers all tossed in a leafy green salad with an orange vinaigrette makes this a wonderful sweet and tangy refreshing salad. Fresh oranges add a burst of citrus flavor while the fennel gives the salad a crunchy anise-like flavor. Add sweet dried cranberries, briny capers and a few nuts and this salad takes care of all flavors and textures – crunchy, soft, sweet, sour = delicious 😋.  Continue reading Shaved Fennel and Orange Salad

Honey Orange Saffron Ice Cream

Think vanilla ice cream with the delicate flavors of saffron, the sweetness of honey, and tender bits of orange. A while back I had bought over six jars of honey from a local beekeeper and I had so much honey that it gave me the opportunity to get adventurous with them.  I made a few jars of  flavored honey.  One of the flavors I tried was tangerine flavored honey.  To make this flavored honey I submerged tangerine slices along with saffron in a jar of honey.  I then let the tangerine and saffron marinate for a few weeks. At the end of four weeks the honey developed a wonderful saffron orange flavor, and here’s the best part! The orange slices themselves had become nice and tender and honey sweet! Continue reading Honey Orange Saffron Ice Cream