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Making Fresh Bow Tie Pasta with Friends

Fresh homemade pasta truly has a taste onto its own.  Tender pasta that is soft yet al-dente is so delicious that anything you add to it tastes amazing.  We learnt how to make fresh homemade pasta from our friend Rose a while back and she learnt how to make pasta from a local Italian chef while vacationing in Italy, so you know it’s delicious! Continue reading Making Fresh Bow Tie Pasta with Friends

Vegetarian Pad Thai

Summer has begun in earnest! My twins are out of school and they have started their summer job, and I am more relaxed not worrying about them finishing their homework, studying for tests and completing their school projects on time. Yes, they are seventeen but still without the parents nagging schoolwork seems to get sidelined. Lets just say the whole family is relaxed during the summer break.  With this relaxed attitude come some cool ideas from my twins. For example, Anjali announced the moment school got out that this summer she wanted to cook at least once a week. I think she saw my face 🥺 – that’s a pleading face emoji.  She knew what I was thinking “Oh the mess in the kitchen and the cleanup after!”  Anjali quickly informs me that she won’t be making a big mess and she will cleanup after her cooking, and I should not worry.  She then goes on to assure me that she will show the recipes to me for approval – i.e. the recipes cannot be complicated with hard to find ingredients. And so this is how she came across this vegetarian pad thai recipe . Continue reading Vegetarian Pad Thai

Hazelnut Apricot Torte

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

Purple Cabbage Tacos with Herbed Cream Cheese and Apples

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

Spring Vegetable Paella

A couple weeks ago was my eldest daughter Sridevi’s birthday, and all she wanted was to have dinner at restaurant Coqueta in San Francisco. Coqueta is a California Spanish tapas style restaurant situated on the waterfront on the Embarcadero in beautiful Pier 5 in San Francisco.  This is an extremely popular place and reservations are hard to come by, but Sridevi wanted this dinner so badly that she made her own reservation over a month in advance 😀. Continue reading Spring Vegetable Paella

Pasta Alla Black Pepper with Sugar Snap Peas and Parmesan Cheese

I came upon a rather different pasta while perusing through the western edition of Sunset Magazine with a recipe from cookbook Six Seasons. A New Way with Vegetables by Joshua McFadden with Martha Holmberg. The dish is called Pasta Alla Gricia with Slivered Sugar Snap Peas Pasta Alla Gricia with Slivered Almonds and Sugar Snap Peas.  This recipe caught my eye because I happened to have sugar snap peas at hand, and that too cut into slivers just as the recipe required, I also really like freshly ground black pepper and this pasta was loaded with black pepper. This really is a rather different kind of pasta dish. Continue reading Pasta Alla Black Pepper with Sugar Snap Peas and Parmesan Cheese

Spring Onion Pasta Primavera

I got this beautiful bunch of veggies in my Farm Fresh to You delivery this week and I couldn’t wait to make something delicious with them.  The box had a wonderful assortment of veggies ranging from early spring onions to green onions, leeks, kale, and celery root just to name a few. Continue reading Spring Onion Pasta Primavera

Herbed Quinoa with Brussels Sprouts & Sugar Snap Peas

Nutrient packed quinoa and Brussels sprouts all cooked with herbs and spices is a delicious pilaf style dish that is perfect for lunch or to have as a side dish with chicken or fish. If you purchase already cut veggies then this dish is the fastest and easiest pilaf to make. With loads of veggies this pilaf will definitely take care of at least half the veggie quota for the day. Two cups of Brussels sprouts, two cups of sugar snap peas, leeks, herbs, turmeric and coriander, with all these wonderful veggies and spices the pilaf is as flavorful as ever. Delicious, satisfying, filling and healthy. Give it a try! Continue reading Herbed Quinoa with Brussels Sprouts & Sugar Snap Peas

Swiss Chard, Leek and Zucchini Risotto

Yummy, yummy, yummy is how I describe this delicious risotto 😋. I made this leek, zucchini and Swiss chard risotto specifically for my daughter Anjali who doesn’t like mushrooms, and since I was making mushroom risotto for my other twin Rani, I had to make something for Anjali, and this risotto was the one. I chose to make Anjali’s risotto with leeks, Swiss chard and zucchini as I had just bought these veggies from the Farmer’s market and this veggie risotto was the delicious result. Leeks and zucchini in a creamy risotto rice enhanced with goat cheese, this is one scrumptious risotto. Continue reading Swiss Chard, Leek and Zucchini Risotto

Mediterranean Linguine

When I think of the Mediterranean, images of warm sunshine, blue waters, lemon trees, olive groves, artichokes, and fresh veggies come to mind. This pasta has all the ingredients that conjure up images of the Mediterranean –  lemons, briny olives, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, and lots of fresh asparagus. Packed with good for you veggies and loaded with fresh tangy flavor this is an awesome pasta to whip up in just minutes.  Continue reading Mediterranean Linguine