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Curried Cauliflower Tomato Soup

You know summer is in full swing when Heirloom tomatoes show up at the markets and grocery stores.  Big juicy heirloom tomatoes in a variety of colors are a summertime luxury.  I like to use them in everything and anything!  Sandwiches, tarts, eggs, curries, just cut up and served with salt and pepper, as well as in soups.  In this cauliflower soup to give it a summertime flair I thought I would make it this time with heirloom tomatoes.  With cilantro as my choice of herbs, this soup is deliciously tomatoey with a creamy cauliflower base.  Since I was adding cilantro I got the idea to give the soup a mild curry flavor, because you know we Indians love our curry powder! I added onions and garlic for extra pizzaz and a squeeze of lemon juice to finish it off.  This is one awesome summertime soup for a quiet Sunday soup day.  Give it a try! Continue reading Curried Cauliflower Tomato Soup

Mediterranean Roasted Veggie Tart

Good Monday to you all.  I hope you had a relaxing weekend and are ready for the week ahead.  Today I would like to share a recipe for a delicious tart with loads of vegetables and full of flavor.  My friend Rose brought this gorgeous vegetable tart to our Spring Tea Brunch last year that looked right out of a magazine!  This tart looked so good that I’ve been wanting to make it for some time, but when Rose mentioned that it was a time consuming recipe, I stayed away from trying.  But with more time on my hands now I ventured to give this recipe a try and you know what? Once you get the hang of making it once or twice, it’s actually easier than the recipe looks. Continue reading Mediterranean Roasted Veggie Tart

One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

This recipe is for all you home cooks out there who want to make a quick dinner that tastes over the top delicious with minimal effort. Folks, this is by far one of the easiest dinners I have ever made!!  And it’s beyond delicious, as in you just can’t mess this recipe up! Seriously though you just can’t, because nothing can go wrong with this combination of ingredients – garlic, onions, tomatoes, pasta = comfort food delicious!! Continue reading One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

Bell Pepper Tomato Pasta

Bell pepper tomato pasta is a dish my eldest daughter made for our Mother’s Day dinner this past Sunday that was so delicious that I immediately asked her for the recipe. It did occur to me however that it’s usually the daughter asking the Mother for a recipe, but in this case it was the reverse 😀. In all seriousness though this really was an awesome pasta dish.  Continue reading Bell Pepper Tomato Pasta

Vegetable Lasagna

Lasagna is one of those classic decadent pasta dishes that everyone loves, interestingly however it never appealed to me much as the veggie version always seemed overly stuffed with cheese that even when it was called a veggie lasagna there was very little vegetables in it.  I’ve tried over the years many veggie lasagnas and have come to the conclusion that restaurants don’t do vegetarian lasagna very good.  Their meat based lasagnas are always a hit (or so I hear), but veggie lasagnas? Not so.  Consequently I never bothered making lasagna at home, having not had anything worthwhile at restaurants, I really didn’t have any incentive to try and replicate a cool veggie lasagna recipe.  That is until I saw this post from my friend Padmini on her Instagram feed plates.by.patty. Continue reading Vegetable Lasagna

Simple Pasta for Lazy Evenings. Baked Pasta with Marinara Sauce

It was a cool February Wednesday evening yesterday and the kids were on break from school.  On days like this my twins seem to always ask me to make something “fun” for dinner.  I never know what that means, what does make a “fun dinner” mean anyway?  In return I always ask them, “What does that mean, a fun dinner?”  Well to them “fun dinner” usually means a pasta or risotto for one twin, and for the other twin its usually Asian food.  On this evening since the three of us were just lazing around all day I was in the mood for what I call a “lazy meal.”   Enter this super simple baked pasta. When I made this pasta I was thinking of making a “fun dinner”  with minimal effort.  Continue reading Simple Pasta for Lazy Evenings. Baked Pasta with Marinara Sauce

Sweet Potato White Bean Minestrone Soup

Lots of veggies, herbs and tomato sauce add wonderful flavor and vitamins in this veggie soup but what really amps up  the flavor is the addition of sweet potatoes and white beans. Sweet potatoes add a nice sweet creamy texture and the white beans give the soup some heft and added lentil protein.  With 1/4 cup of fresh basil, lots of thyme and oregano this soup is deliciously good and comforting.  Call it a veggie soup or minestrone soup either works, but best of all is how easy this vegetarian soup is to make. Continue reading Sweet Potato White Bean Minestrone Soup

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

Eggplant Fennel Pasta Bake

There is something truly comforting about a good bowl of warm pasta all tomatoey and cheesy that just screams comfort food.  How then can one take a feel good pasta and make it veggie healthy as well?  Add in finely cut vegetables and bake with some gooey cheese and no one will ever know that the pasta is loaded with good for you vegetables.  This pasta is packed with eggplant and fennel but you could easily try this recipe with any of your favorite vegetables like bell peppers, mushrooms, cauliflower, and zucchini just to give you a few ideas.  Really an easy and delicious pasta bake this is and I can’t wait to share the recipe with you! Continue reading Eggplant Fennel Pasta Bake