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Celebrating the Indian Harvest Festival of Shankranthi 2020

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? I hope it was relaxing and you are ready for the week ahead.  Our Saturday was packed trying to get our weekend projects done with errands and running around.  On Sunday however we had a lovely afternoon with our Bay Area cousins to celebrate the Indian harvest festival of Shankranthi.  The festival is on January 15th this year but given that its a Wednesday and its hard to get all our families together on a weekday we met on Sunday to celebrate the first of our Indian festivals of 2020. Continue reading Celebrating the Indian Harvest Festival of Shankranthi 2020

Lunar New Year Vegetarian Menu

Lunar New Year is coming up and it’s the perfect time to try out some fun new Asian recipes. Back in December we had made an Asian inspired vegetarian menu for our Christmas dinner and that menu couldn’t be any more appropriate now.  In hindsight, it looks like the perfect Lunar New Year inspired vegetarian menu! Continue reading Lunar New Year Vegetarian Menu

Holiday Lunch with Devi, Del & Rose

Happy Saturday!

Looking forward to a fun weekend? How was your week?  This past week has been rather cloudy and dreary around here, no matter though because I got to spend a fun afternoon earlier this week at a gift exchange party, and a cheerful afternoon yesterday with my good friends Devi, Del and Rose. What a fun afternoon seeing my dear friends turned out to be! Continue reading Holiday Lunch with Devi, Del & Rose

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

Thanksgiving 2019 Vegetarian Dinner with Family and Friends

Happy Saturday!  I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Ours was busy cooking all day until dinner time at which time we had friends join us on this very special holiday.  Being vegetarian coming up with a Thanksgiving dinner tends to be tough for me as we don’t do the usual turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, or cranberry sauce.  However if one is willing to venture away from the traditional Thanksgiving faire there is no shortage of vegetarian options for a delicious and festive Thanksgiving dinner. Continue reading Thanksgiving 2019 Vegetarian Dinner with Family and Friends

Mushroom Pepper Kale Veggie Quiche

A delicious quiche made with flavorful veggies all baked into a crustless style quiche.  If you are looking for a light and easy quiche to make that is healthy and delicious this is the one to try.  All you do is sauté the veggies, then start layering them with an egg mixture, then cheese, and then bake. The egg and cream mixture finds it way into the veggies and bakes into a fluffy custardy type of quiche.  My daughter said it tasted like the Japanese egg custard called chawanmushi 😋. Packed with flavor and light as can be, serve this quiche with a side salad like this kale apple avocado salad and you’ll have the most delicious, healthy and filling lunch. Continue reading Mushroom Pepper Kale Veggie Quiche

Upma, Raita and Soup. Lunch with a Friend

Happy Tuesday!

It’s looking like fall around here; temperatures are cooler, leaves are falling, and it’s getting darker earlier in the evenings.  This type of weather always gets me in a contemplative mood.  It’s times like these when allthough I want to socialize and meet friends, I really want to keep it low-key – you know what I mean?  This is the mood I was in when I had a friend over for a simple fall lunch one Friday afternoon recently.  Not two friends, not three, but just one.  It’s nice once in a while to have a quiet lunch with a friend, it gives us a chance to catch up one/one with each other and relax over comfort food and conversation. Continue reading Upma, Raita and Soup. Lunch with a Friend

Spain Inspired Vegetarian Dinner for our 2019 Rakshabandan Festival

Happy Tuesday!
Hope you had a great weekend!

Our weekend was busy prepping for the start of school for our twins, which starts later this week. We also had our annual dinner celebratingRakshabandan – the Indian sibling festival celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters. For this festival I usually mail my Rakhi (the thread bracelet that the sister ties on her brother’s wrist) to my brother who lives in Dallas, but this year I was in Dallas for my brother’s big birthday bashand got to tie it on his wrist in person, just a few days early. Continue reading Spain Inspired Vegetarian Dinner for our 2019 Rakshabandan Festival

Pool Party Sliders with Goat Cheese and Tomato

Happy Thursday!
How is your summer going?  Staying cool? Ready for school to start?

For many kids summertime means hanging out at the pool and heading to pool parties around town. Well, if you are like me and would like to offer something healthier than chips and salsa and other such snack foods for all those ravenous pool swimmers, then these delicious and healthy sliders is your answer.  These goat cheese and tomato sliders are cool, tasty, and everyone will love them adults AND kids! Continue reading Pool Party Sliders with Goat Cheese and Tomato

Father’s Day Celebration with an Indian Vegetarian Dinner

Happy Tuesday!
I hope your week started off great!

How was your weekend and Father’s Day? I hope you got to celebrate and appreciate all the Dad’s in your family.  We had a wonderful Father’s Day, at least that’s what Hitesh (Father to my three girls) conveyed to me at the end of the day on Sunday.  Hitesh got to do his chillin and relaxing during the day. I made a veggie omelette for him for brunch with savory scones and fresh fruit. After that we planted some veggie seedlings that I picked up from my friend Veena. Then he and the twins went to downtown Los Gatos to take a stroll while I stayed home to get dinner ready for our Father’s Day dinner gathering with my cousins and their families. Continue reading Father’s Day Celebration with an Indian Vegetarian Dinner