What got me motivated to make a hummingbird cake this spring is the opportunity to decorate the cake with spring blooming nasturtiums. These nasturtium blooms were looking so glorious in my springtime garden that I wanted to show them off in a beautiful dessert. A hummingbird cake with cream cheese frosting made for the perfect backdrop for these lovely blossoms.Continue reading Hummingbird Cake with Nasturtium Blossoms
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Padmini’s Red Bell Pepper Chutney with Roasted Peanuts
If you like peanut butter and bell peppers like I do, you will love this chutney. The red bell peppers in this chutney give it a nice sweetness, while the roasted peanuts add a nutty fragrance and creamy texture. My friend Padmini made this red bell pepper chutney when my Dad and I went to her place for lunch one day. She served this chutney with some idlis, and it was so unique and delicious that I asked Padmini for the recipe to share and she passed it on. Try this chutney with idlis, zucchini fritters, carrot fritters, black-eyed pea fritters, or you can have it as a dip with fresh veggies and crackers. Here is the recipe. Continue reading Padmini’s Red Bell Pepper Chutney with Roasted Peanuts
Roasted Hazelnuts & Cashew Granola
This is the perfect granola to have as a quick afternoon snack with a cup of coffee and it’s the easiest to make with simple ingredients you already have in your pantry.Continue reading Roasted Hazelnuts & Cashew Granola
Flourless. Recipes for Naturally Gluten-Free Desserts by Nicole Spiridakis
I don’t recall how I came upon this book really, maybe I was browsing Amazon’s book selection, or maybe I saw it in a bookstore. The title got me interested. Flourless? Really? Earlier in the year I had been thinking about baking healthier desserts (if there is such a thing) and started looking around for dessert cook books with easy recipes that were relatively “healthy.” My criteria for the cookbook had to be these: the recipes had to be easy, the ingredients had to be wholesome, and the baking had to be forgiving. Given that I am not a big baker, I like my recipes to be simple. Flourless: Recipes for Naturally Gluten-free Desserts by Nicole Spiridakis seemed to have everything I was looking for. The reviews were very good too. So I decided to take a chance and bought it, and I have to say, this cookbook is awesome. Flourless has become one of my favorite dessert cookbooks! Continue reading Flourless. Recipes for Naturally Gluten-Free Desserts by Nicole Spiridakis
Bert’s Bites Chunky Snack Granola
Bert’s Bites Chunky Snack Granola is a delectable and decadent granola that I discovered recently. I know, somehow the words decadent and granola don’t seem to belong in the same sentence to describe a healthy snack like granola. Continue reading Bert’s Bites Chunky Snack Granola
Dark Chocolate Fruit & Nut Bark with Apricots and Candied Ginger
I love Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut Bar. It’s my favorite chocolate. I thought about making some at home but decided it was best to leave it to Cadbury’s to make it the way they do – just perfect. Instead I decided to make a more adult fruit and nut bar with dark chocolate and some of my favorite dried fruits and nuts like apricots, pistachios, and candied ginger. I also added saffron to give the chocolate an exotic flavor. Here is the recipe. Continue reading Dark Chocolate Fruit & Nut Bark with Apricots and Candied Ginger
Cardamom Spiced Warm Apple Almond Crumble
A couple weeks ago I received loads of homegrown apples from my friends Devi and Swati. Between the two of them I had over 35 apples! How fast can we eat all these apples I wondered. I figured this would be the perfect time to make my Cardamom Spiced Warm Apple Almond Crumble. Continue reading Cardamom Spiced Warm Apple Almond Crumble
Spring Greens Salad with Pears, Walnuts, and Gorgonzola.
Here is a salad that looks and tastes like a gourmet salad you might order at a fancy restaurant.Continue reading Spring Greens Salad with Pears, Walnuts, and Gorgonzola.