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
Lemon tart. How hard is it to make this delicious dessert? Getting the egg yolks to cook with the cream without curdling, then add the lemon juice and hope that it all sets into a beautiful custard. It’s a lot of work and tricky to get it just right. That’s why when one of my twins wanted to make a lemon tart – all I could think of is how hard it is to make. But when Rani informed me that this recipe actually doesn’t require eggs, and for that matter you don’t even bake the tart, but instead you just make the lemon cream and cool it in the refrigerator, it really got me interested. Continue reading Lemon Tart with Fresh Berries
Happy Friday everybody! I just wanted to share a few pics of my freshly picked nectarines today. That gorgeous color on these fruits – oh my! Nature always amazes me with how beautiful she is.
I thought I could wait for the nectarines to ripen just a little more before I picked them all, but alas the squirrels and birds are already getting to them so I decided to pick them early and let them ripen indoors. It took just two days for all these nectarines to get nice and juicy. I didn’t get a big bounty this year, what you see is it. Also, the fruit is more on the sour side. I might make jam with them, but in the meantime I am enjoying their beauty in the basket.
Have a great weekend!
I am always looking for inspiration when it comes to cooking creatively; I especially love it when friends send me an impromptu text sharing a photo of what they’ve made. That’s how I came across this easy and amazingly delicious Italian hazelnut apricot torte. I had just sent my friend Rose a text with a photo of a Spanish almond cake I had made (from her recipe) when she in return sent me a photo of her freshly baked hazelnut apricot torte. Continue reading Hazelnut Apricot Torte
Crunchy, sweet, salty, sour; healthy and delicious, these tacos will take care of all the flavor profiles in one dish. This vegetarian taco is not your typical taco but tastes great nonetheless. It combines crunchy fruit with garlicy veggies, sour pickles and cream cheese in a rather eclectic taco. Unique and delicious, I hope you’ll give these tacos a try! Continue reading Purple Cabbage Tacos with Herbed Cream Cheese and Apples
I don’t remember exactly where my daughter Anjali had this breakfast last year; maybe in Maui or maybe on the Big Island, I just remember how beautiful her oatmeal looked. It was chilled overnight oats topped with fresh tropical fruits, coconut flakes, dried fruits, nuts and fresh mint. It really tasted as good as it looked! Trying to replicate that cool beautiful breakfast back home in the Bay Area is how I came up with this variation of chilled overnight oats with inspiration from Hawaii! Continue reading Chilled Overnight Oats with Fruits and Nuts
Today I’d like to share a recipe for one of the most unique and delicious desserts I’ve had in a very long time. I had it at our friend Tracy and Carl’s place when we went over for dinner last weekend. What makes this dessert so original for me is that I’ve had port in desserts many times and mostly with berries, in cakes, tortes, chocolate, and vanilla ice cream, but never with a tropical flavor like mango. This combination I have never had before, and let me tell you folks it tastes outstanding. A mango sorbet drenched in port 😋🍨. This is the type of dessert that takes care of dessert and after dinner drinks all in one beautiful sweet treat. Continue reading Mango Sorbet with Port
Looking to whip up something sweet and dessertish for an afternoon snack but want to keep it healthy – this instant granola yogurt parfait is the one to try. Delicious, beautiful, and healthy this parfait will satisfy any afternoon sweet craving. Sometimes for an afternoon snack I crave cool creamy yogurt with crunchy granola and fruit but when I’ve run out of granola, this instant yogurt parfait is what I turn to. I just scoop Greek yogurt into a bowl, add some berries, top it with crushed roasted pistachios and drizzle the entire gorgeous bowl of goodness with maple syrup. A granola type parfait without the granola 😀😋. It has crunchy nuts, dried fruits and maple syrup. Add a cup of tea or coffee and you have the makings of a perfect afternoon snack time treat. This little bowl doesn’t require much by way of a recipe, just pile on the good stuff and enjoy! Continue reading Instant Granola Yogurt Parfait
It’s April and juicy sweet oranges are still available at the markets, and here in our Bay Area I can even pick them up at street corners where vendors sell seasonal fruits such as oranges in March and apricots, strawberries and peaches in the summer. Last week I bought from a vendor on the corner of our local park a bag of over 20 oranges for $5!! What a deal! These were delicious sweet oranges that the family has been enjoying every day and I’ve been adding an orange to my Greek yogurt and granola routine in the mornings too.
With all these oranges in abundance I made an orange salad to take to my good friend Rose’s place for a low-key springtime lunch last week. Continue reading Orange and Avocado Spring Green Salad
Fig and onion tart might sound intimidating but is actually surprisingly easy to make with the most decadent of results. Sweet, salty, cheesy and crispy, this is an intense tart with over the top flavors and oh so good! Caramelized onions, plump dried figs and Gruyere cheese all baked in a buttery puff pastry. Drizzle with honey for a little extra sweetness and you have a really really delicious fig and onion tart that tastes like it came from a specialty caterer! Served in little bite size appetizer pieces or in large squares for lunch, this fig and onion tart will have your guests impressed at your culinary skills 😋😄. Continue reading Fig and Onion Tart