When I was in my late teens, I worked for a bakery in downtown Disney. The bakery sold a caramelized onion and feta tart that was simply divine. That job did not work out for me and I quit within a month, but I never forgot the taste of that tart. I tried to look up recipes for… Continue reading Paneer and Caramelized Onion Rustic Pie
Cookies are my favorite thing about the holidays. I love to bake them and share them with friends and family. This year I almost didn’t get around to the holiday baking though. Since we spend Thanksgiving and the two following weeks in India, it didn’t even feel like the holidays to me.
Do you want to ensure you’ll have a happy and prosperous year? Then start off the new year with something sweet! In my family, and Indian culture in general, we start off all auspicious occasions with something sweet. And, seriously, what’s better than chocolate?
When my mom came back from India this year, along with all the clothes, jewelry and spices, she brought back a jar of gulkand, rose petal jam, for me. It just sat in my refrigerator for a couple months. I couldn’t think of anything interesting to do with it for a long time.
The first year Puja and I lived together she asked me to make her Sticky Toffee Pudding for her birthday. What, I asked, is Sticky Toffee Pudding? She handed me a recipe and said this is what you are making. I had done very little cooking or baking at this point in our relationship. But… Continue reading Sticky Toffee Pudding Cupcakes
October is the best month of the year! It’s is a month full of celebrations for me and my family. My birthday is in less than two weeks. My grandma, late grandpa, aunt, and uncle also have October birthdays. And to top if off, my parent’s wedding anniversary comes later in the month.
My mom just got back from a two month long trip to India. I always miss her when she goes because it is so difficult just to call her. The time zone in India is 12 and a half hours ahead, so I can usually only call her early in the morning or late at… Continue reading Citrus and Curry Leaf Shortbread Cookies
The last few days have been miserably hot in San Diego. When the weather gets really hot like this I like to make sorbet to cool down with. It’s so easy to make with just a little frozen fruit and some yogurt. I usually make strawberry sorbet because that’s what we almost always have on… Continue reading Five Minute Mango Chili Sorbet
Someday I will have a giant fig tree in my backyard. It’ll produce tons of figs and I’ll be able to just pluck figs off a branch and eat them all summer long. I love the sweet and slightly tangy flavor of figs. And I absolutely love that they’re in season right now.
A couple of months ago I was doing dishes and staring at the little curry leaf plant that grows next to my kitchen sink. It suddenly occurred to me that curry leaves might go well with peaches. I love finding new ways to combine herbs and fruit. Herbs can add a wonderful surprise to the… Continue reading Peach and Curry Leaf Cobbler
I love foraging. I love to go out to some hidden part of the city to pick my own food. Last year we went out foraging with some friends for nasturtium flowers and seed pods. We had flower pesto for lunch and I took the capers home to pickle. Sadly, we missed the nasturtium bloom… Continue reading Fennel Foraging and Recipe for Fennel Pollen Pots De Creme
Kulfi is the Indian version of ice cream. It’s made in a very similar way to ice cream, except you don’t churn it as you freeze it. Instead, you whip up your milk and cream mixture ahead of time and then just freeze it. It comes out a little more dense than ice cream. The… Continue reading Mint Avocado Kulfi (Indian Ice Cream)