Chicken Bhuna

The  sidewalks and the grass on the lawn was still covered in snow, as I walked our pet this morning. The air was fresh, the sidewalks slippery, a few people were  walking their pets too, there was a gentle calm about the morning, the kind where poets and writers get their inspiration from , or…

Irish I am not, but very green I am.

Did we not just turn the corner and get into March, like what, a day ago ? The receptionist at the front desk in the physician’s office broke my momentary reverie……. “Ma’m, here is the form that needs to be filled”…..little did I realize I was staring at her beautifully painted St. Patty’s Day Nail…

Signs of Spring

The days are slowly getting longer, perhaps the tree tops can see it better than me walking under them, that Spring is in the vicinity. The tree are beginning to show tiny buds, against the bright blue sky. The joy is palpable, as I take in all the fresh air, the birds are coming home,…

Tomato Upma

A staple quick fix breakfast in every South Indian home, called by different names depending on the region in South India where it comes from , it is called Upma (short for Uppumavu), Uppitu, Uppindi, Kharabath etc. There are many variations in preparation of this simple breakfast dish, healthy and filling, it is made from…

An Animal That Predicts the Weather?

“Six more weeks of winter or an early spring? On February 2nd, we won’t rely on our local meteorologist for the forecast. Instead we’ll wait for the prediction from a groundhog. The tradition of Groundhog Day began in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania in 1887 but its origins date back to an early Christian tradition in Europe called…

Are you waiting for Spring to arrive ?

Am not sure about you, but me, I am so ready for Spring. Can’t complain much about Winter this year, at least so far it has been manageable, with a few snow days here & there…..yet my heart aches to hear the birds chirp and see the fresh bright blooms all over the place. Can’t…

Chicken soup for the soul ( and to beat the pesky cold)

Growing up in the foothills of the Western Ghats, in South India, I remember making sure my study table always faced the mountains and the deep blue sky, majestically spread above them,  each day  as I sat down to study….the strength and inspiration I drew from those hills was immense. To this day, mountains do…

Stop and smell the roses, won’t you ?

However, busy the day gets always stop to smell the roses ! Oh, I love this quick lunch hour breaks when you are running errands, yet the beauty of these roses stops you dead in your tracks, making you wistfully think…..Oh, life goes on irrespective, but always, always stop for those that speak directly to…

‘Nei’/Ghee Idli’s

It  has been a cold and rainy day, dull and gloomy. Roads were slippery with the sleet, a cold bitter wind blew…… Times that make you want to stay home and enjoy the peace and quiet of cozy warmth…… There are foods that comfort you, memories wrapped in their aroma, recreate magic however far you…

Sakkarai Pongal /Sweet Pongal

“Pongal” is the name of the festival and also the name of the dish cooked on this day. “Ponga” means to overflow with abundance, so the wishes for this day & here on, is may all the good things in your life overflow in abundance, to signify this truth, Rice, the staple food of South…