Cipollini Onions Shallots and Italian Parsley

I love experimenting with soups.  This is a delicious and light soup that takes very little time to make and adds a touch of class to any meal.  I served it the other day with dry multigrain toast as a first course before a penne arrabbiata.  My guest seemed to enjoy it and it didn’t … Continue reading

My daughter’s second-grade class was studying native American history and culture and a part of this was potluck lunch to include some native American foods.  I picked the Hopi Corn Stew as I thought we could turn that into a vegetarian dish. Surely, I reasoned with her,  the Hopi must have had days when they … Continue reading

Many moons ago as a young lad I spend a summer in France; much of it in rural Provence.  Being a vegetarian I initially enjoyed the local ratatouille made with aubergine (eggplant), tomatoes and the delicious local herbs that grew everywhere called , not surprisingly, herbs de Provence.  Within a few days, however, my tastebuds … Continue reading

My neighbour Lauren asked me if I had any good recipes for ripe avocados. She and her family were tired of guacamole and wondered if I could produce something different. I took up the challenge as she proferred three time avacados and a bunch of cilantro that was slighly older that I ; it was … Continue reading

Rasam Powder

Fresh rasam power adds a great deal of aroma and flavor to your rasams and to many other dishes you can make with recipes found in this collection.  It’s always been a bit intimidating to venture into the ‘grind your own spices’ space. This was the exclusive preserve of grandmothers and mothers.  I remember going … Continue reading

Spicy Vegetable soup with penne

This dish should really be called vegetable rasam and it’s a perfect one pot dinner for a small family.  I am not sure why I made it last night. I think it was because I was craving some spicy rasam flavors but didnt feel like making rice and a vegetable separately. I also had a … Continue reading

Sundal; the word itself brings back memories of childhood and navarathiri festivals, visits to the beach in Chennai. “Thengai mangai pattani sundal” the young man would shout as he walked up and down Elliotts Beach with his basket and lamp.  For a few pennies he would hand you a warm pack of sundal wrapped in … Continue reading