I made a delicious egg sandwich for lunch the other day that looked so good that I took an impromptu photo of it, and then took a bite that was pure bliss for a super hungry gal like myself. Caramelized shallots with some green bell peppers and shishito peppers all cooked together with eggs, and then sandwiched in-between toasted and buttered German farm bread, this sandwich is the kind of sandwich one sits down to savor each bite. Just add an apple to this lunch faire, a cup of tea or coffee, and you have the makings of perfectly simple, quick and delicious homemade lunch. Continue reading Fried Green Pepper Egg Sandwich
It’s Thanksgiving day after tomorrow and our family is in a mad rush to get all our ingredients for our dinner. This year is special because we haven’t been home for Thanksgiving in a while. Last year we celebrated Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara and had an amazing holiday there. The year before we celebrated Thanksgiving in Sonoma Wine Country where we had an outstanding time in this beautiful part of California. This year we decided to stay in town and celebrate this uniquely American holiday at home. This means an extra special vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner prepared by the entire family. Continue reading A Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dinner
We were invited to a a small dinner gathering at our friends Padmini and Naresh’s home a while ago and what a spread we were treated to. On this evening Padmini had prepared a traditional south Indian Tamil meal with a wide array of dishes.
My dear friend Roli invited the twins and I for afternoon tea over the summer to see her new home that she had just moved into. I was very happy for Roli and her family’s new dwelling and looked forward to spending an afternoon with her. The joy, the pride, the excitement of new beginnings, and memories to come in a new home is a feeling that is truly special.
For our afternoon tea get together Roli made the perfect combination of savories, sweets and treats. Here is a look at Roli’s afternoon tea menu: Continue reading Afternoon Tea at Roli’s. A Menu Worth Replicating
Here is another scone recipe from my friend Rose for sweet Cranberry Scones. Serve these scones warm out of the oven with some jam, accompanied by hot tea and fresh cut fruit, and you will surely have a perfect Sunday afternoon English style High Tea! Continue reading An English Style High Tea. Cranberry Scones
My dear friend Rose came over for lunch to celebrate my birthday back in July and since my birthday is during the summer break that meant at least one child was home from school. On this afternoon it was Anjali who joined us for our super light, fresh, and healthy lunch soiree. Here is a look at our birthday lunch menu.
Fresh and Light Birthday Lunch
Fresh Herbs Salad with Radish, Cucumbers, and Pickled Onions
Indian Scrambled Eggs
Black Tea – Harney & Sons Paris Blend
Try this deliciously healthy and nutritious lunch menu for any occasion. It’s a menu worth replicating.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday this year – Tuesday, February 14th, 2017. Kids have school, everyone is at work, but it is Valentine’s Day and no matter what day it falls on, it’s great to make this day that celebrates love, feel special for everyone.
After days and weeks of solid good rain here in Northern California, we finally see some sunshine 😊🌞. It seriously feels like spring – Not! Birds are chirping as if it is spring, little do they know that rain and cool temperatures are coming back very soon – within a few days 🌧.
But as far as celebrating weather goes, it is the perfect warm weekend here to celebrate a farming harvest festival called Shankranthi which is observed all over India on January 14th. Continue reading Celebrating the Indian Harvest Festival of Shankranthi. A harvest inspired vegetarian feast.
I was invited to a holiday tea back in December at my dear friend Radhika’s place and what a fun time we had. Radhika’s home was beautifully decked for the holidays and so warm and welcoming that I just didn’t want to leave on this cool winter afternoon.
For tea Radhika had made a delicious warm feta cheese bruschetta. Here is a look at this simple yet decadent winter-inspired tea.
A Holiday Tea at Radhika’s
The perfect light and flavorful winter tea-time menu
Feta Cheese Bruschetta with Thyme and Red Onions
Hot Apple Cider infused with Orange Slices and Spices
Fresh Cut Persimmons
The feta cheese bruschetta was especially outstanding!! I could have had the entire platter – it was so good! The tartness of the feta cheese with sweet red onions and thyme on a crunchy warm toasted baguette was positively divine. Radhika said this is actually her Dad, Mr. Iyengar’s recipe. As she was making this appetizer she was reminiscing of fond memories of her Dad making this delectable appetizer for the family when she was growing up in Morocco.
Radhika and Mr. Iyengar’s Feta Cheese Bruschetta with Thyme & Red Onions
makes 20-25 small baguette bruschetta pieces
- 1 block feta cheese about 2 cups
- 1/2 red onion finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp fresh thyme
- Fresh ground black pepper
- 1 baguette sliced. You will have enough feta cheese mixture for 25 slices. Save the remainder of baguette to use later.
- Olive oil or butter
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a bowl crumble feta cheese and mix in with chopped red onions, pepper and fresh thyme leaves.
- Butter baguette slices and place unbuttered side down on a baking sheet.
- Place 1 tbsp feta cheese mix onto each slice and place in oven. Cook for 20 minutes until baguette is warm and crunchy. Take out of oven and serve warm.
Cook’s Notes: Radhika mentioned that she doesn’t add salt to the feta cheese mixture as feta can be pretty salty on its own.
Are you looking for a refreshing salad that is refreshingly simple? Try this avocado and grapefruit salad. I made this salad for a spring lunch I was invited to at my friend Rose’s home. It was a casual lunch just to get a few of us together. Rose had black bean soup and corn bread on the menu, and asked the rest of us to bring something that we felt would compliment it. What we ended up with was a feast that was simple, healthy, and delicious and we were stuffed at the end of it! This is a menu worth replicating. Continue reading Avocado & Grapefruit Salad