Eggplant Stir Fry/ Baingan Bharta (Punjabi Version)

Summer started with a heavy down pour of rain  for us, which continued for the past two days. The need for quick and easy summer meals was the order of the day, yet something spicy & delicious to enjoy watching the summer rains with, was calling my name. What better than this  Punjabi ( a…

Celery Chutney/ Dip

The Fresh market is filled with veggies this  summer season, right off the farm, I must say, coz they look so green and healthy. It wasn’t until one day when I saw a friend crunching on celery sticks that I really noticed this veggie, which I might have walked past a hundred times in the…

Cucumber Mango Salsa

  The weather is getting beautifully warm, birds chirping on trees, friendly neighbors sitting out in the porch chairs waving or greeting as you walk past, children playing outdoors, laughter and giggles…..signs of Summer approaching. Stepping out after nearly hibernating in Winter, into the green green grass seems like a blessing! The long weekend is…

Spring Blooms ~ Lilacs

  Is there anything more beautiful than a Lilac bush in Spring ? Lilac (Syringa) plants are mainly grown for their beautiful blooms and their intense fragrance. With its sweet scent, pastel blooms, and heart-shape leaves, lilac stands out as a welcome harbinger of spring. The spring-blooming lilac comes in a variety of shapes and sizes—including…

Spring Blooms ~ Bleeding Heart Flowers

One of my favorite things I enjoy the most during warmer weather is to go walking in the neighborhood, the trails or in the woods.The few times I enrolled myself in a gym, I hardly kept up the routine, I think some of us are just born that way, “free spirits” that can’t be tamed…

Cilantro/Coriander Poha/Kothumali Aval Upma

  Spring has sprung in our parts , a glorious warm weather is what we have been having for the past few days. When the weather starts getting warm, a need for light breakfast arises. Gone are the winter days of dark and gloom, when all you wanted was to fill yourself with some comfort…

Spring Blooms ~ Narcissus Ice Follies

DAFFODILS ~ William Wordsworth “I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way,…

Spring Blooms – Crocus

In the language of flowers, crocus means cheerfulness. And all the woods are alive with the murmur and sound of Spring, And the rose-bud breaks into pink on the climbing briar, And the crocus-bed is a quivering moon of fire Girdled round with the belt of an amethyst ring. –Oscar Wilde “Crocus (English plural: crocuses or croci) is…

Curry Leaf Chicken Curry ( Andhra Style)/Karivepaku Kodi Kura

The weather outdoors is warming up a bit,  the tulips are abundant in the flower stands, Spring break for kids just begun. Time to get innovative and creative both in crafts and cooking, the sunshine outdoors is motivation enough. The grass in the lawn is slowly beginning to turn green, the birds have returned home,…