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Elderberry Maybe the Cold Fighting Supplement That Actually Works

Happy Saturday Everyone!  I hope you are looking forward to a relaxing weekend.  This is my first health related article of the year.  I came across this article on elderberry extract and how it is the new in-vogue natural supplement for colds and flus, and given that we are at the peak of our cold and flu season I found it very interesting.  I hope you find this information helpful. Continue reading Elderberry Maybe the Cold Fighting Supplement That Actually Works

Wine Poached Dried Fruits

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

Moroccan Tajine

I’ve always loved exotic hand-painted pottery from all parts of the world. There is something organic and artistic about pottery serving pieces that gets me excited every time I see them. They make all my food look beautiful and appetizing. My fetish for handmade pottery is how I came across this beautiful Moroccan pottery called tajine.  Years ago when North African cuisine was first featured in the Williams-Sonoma California catalog I bought a Moroccan tajine pot from them. It is no surprise that I bought it because it is a gorgeous piece of hand painted pottery! What makes these North African pottery so unique and beautiful are their intricate hand-painted designs in vibrant colors and ethnic motifs. Tajines look like art pieces, each one different from the other, and each one a potter’s masterpiece. Very often among North African families tajines are collected as family heirlooms and passed down generation after generation. Continue reading Moroccan Tajine

Kale Apple Avocado Salad

This has to be the easiest salad to make! Just toss kale, apple and avocado together with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. That’s it! The apples release their sweetness when tossed with lemon juice making the salad taste like it was made with a honey dressing, while the avocado gives a nice creamy texture. Hard to believe that something so simple could taste so good, but it does! Continue reading Kale Apple Avocado Salad

Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice. Hazelnut Apple Almond Crumble.

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.

Friday Fruits

Gosh, we are so fortunate to be living here surrounded by beautiful nature, amazing weather, lush green farms, and a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available all year round.  And in Santa Clara Valley we are even more fortunate to have the most fertile land available that it is no wonder that this area used to be called The Valley of Hearts Delight, especially given that this area was covered in fruit orchards before it became Silicon Valley.  The new Silicon Valley hasn’t gotten away from its roots though, for every home in our area seems to have some fruit tree or another. I should know!  Almost everyone I know has fruit trees in their garden. Continue reading Friday Fruits

Apricot Crostata

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

Fresh Fig Upside Down Cake

The cake in this recipe made with creamy Greek yogurt, vanilla and orange zest is by itself so good, then add in fresh figs to this already delicious cake and you get this really really good Fresh Fig Upside Down Cake.  Fresh figs baked in a fluffy buttery cake, this cake is figilicious! Perfect with a warm cup of tea on a relaxing September afternoon, give this cake a try!   Continue reading Fresh Fig Upside Down Cake