Have you ever had marigold petals in foods? The flowers have a spicy almost intoxicating fragrance that reminds me of the temples of India. Their color – wow! Marigolds are such a rich tapestry of warm colors – reminiscent of warm summer days and vibrant evenings sunsets. The colors of marigolds are positively decadent – they come in glorious shades of golden yellow to vibrant orange, to even dark burnt burgundy. To show off the beauty of these lush decadent yellow and ochre colored edible marigold petals, I got the idea to make a marigold ice cream with saffron milk and golden honey. Saffron provides a subtle yellow color that is a perfect color companion to these rich gold marigold petals. Continue reading Sunset Ice Cream with Marigold Petals, Golden Raisins, & Saffron Honey
Greens Salad with Apples & Pickled Onion Vinaigrette
- 8-10 cups spring greens salad mix
- 2 medium apples cut into thin slices
- 1 bell pepper cut into thin slices or 4 small peppers cut into thin circles
- 1/2 small red onion cut into slivers
- 1 avocado cut into thin slices
- White cheddar cheese cut into small cubes – as much as you like (optional)
- Ingredients for pickled onion vinaigrette
- 1/4 cup pickled onion vinegar
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp honey
Hey folks, have you had a chance to make easy pickled onions yet? Wondering what to do with the vinegar after the pickled onions have been consumed? Guess what? That same vinegar can be used to make a vinaigrette salad dressing. An added bonus is that the vinegar is now an onion and coriander flavored vinegar. Pretty cool!
Last summer we visited family in Mombasa, Kenya; on one of the evenings we went on a sunset dinner cruise on a traditional Arab boat known as a dhow. To take a look at some pictures of this amazingly romantic sunset dinner cruise check out my earlier post: Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Tamarind Dhow in Mombasa, Kenya
On this dinner cruise the Tamarind Hotel and Restaurant that hosts the cruise serves a refreshing cocktail called the Dawa. It is the perfect drink on a balmy summer evening in tropical Mombasa.
What makes this salad pop is the honey vinaigrette dressing. Because this salad has sweet ripe mangoes the honey vinaigrette really enhances the sweetness of the fruit.
Tossed Green Salad with Mango, Peppers & Onions with Honey Vinaigrette
- 1 ripe mango cut into cubes
- 1/2 small red onion cut into thin slices
- 4 small peppers cut into little rings
- 6 cups salad greens
- 1 ripe avocado cut into small chunks
- 2 tbsp Feta cheese or parmesan shavings (optional)
- Roasted pistachios or roasted cashews or any nuts of your choice or sunflower seeds
- Honey Vinaigrette. Here is the link to the recipe for Honey Vinaigrette
If you like the flavor of grapefruit and are looking for a nice refreshing salad dressing, this is the one. I made this grapefruit dressing with a lot of grapefruit juice and very little olive oil turning the dressing into a thinner and very light version. Here is the recipe. Continue reading Grapefruit Dressing
When one has an ice cream maker at home it is so much fun to get creative with ice cream flavors. The best part of having an easy to use ice cream maker is that we can make small-batch ice creams – just enough for one evening. This also means that we can experiment with different flavors in small quantities. The twins and I love trying out new and creative ice cream flavors over the hot summer months.
Saffron pistachio ice cream is a classic ice cream flavor in India called Kesar Pista, which translates to Saffron Pistachio. Used to be I could only find this flavor at Indian grocery stores or at Indian restaurants and ice cream parlors. But now with my easy to use ice cream maker, making Saffron Pistachio Ice Cream at home has become a breeze. Here is the recipe.
Berries and cream is our family’s all time favorite berry dessert. This sweet treat allows one to enjoy the fresh berry fruit flavor while at the same time elevating it into a dessert worthy of a special dinner. You only need 3 ingredients – berries, honey, and cream – that’s it. From these three pure all-natural ingredients you get a dessert that looks and tastes amazing.
Rani is our resident foodie. She loves gourmet foods, and has an adventurous palate. Her favorite thing to do on weekends is to make fun creative appetizers when the regular run of the mill afternoon snacks won’t do. Out of this need for something gourmet, came this amazing little goat cheese appetizer. Continue reading Rani’s Goat Cheese, Apple & Honey on Cracker
Greens, Grapes and Avocado Salad
Makes 4 servings
- 2 Avocados cut into wedges
- 2 bags of super greens or a mix of spring greens. About 4 cups
- 1 bunch of red grapes – 8 grapes cut in half, 8 grapes left whole
- 1 tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsp roasted salted pistachios
- Honey Vinaigrette. Here is a link to my basic Honey Vinaigrette