Our delightful neighbor dropped in on us last evening. My daughter saw someone approaching the back door as we were having a few restful minutes in the living room. She was rolled up In a fleece wrap on the floor with a small pillow while I was reclining on the sofa and reading aloud to … Continue reading

fresh tomato soup with herbs

It’s that time of year when the tomatoes keep coming in from the garden.  After two large batches of chutney, my daughter suggested we make tomato soup. It’s her favorite soup and she likes it a bit tart. We made a large cauldron full of it and she liked it so much she slurped up … Continue reading

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

A tasty variation with a more c0mplex flavor than the earlier recipe which was for children.  This one uses tamarind and jaggery and a mix of a couple of different types of beans. You can make it as spicy or mild as you prefer and serve with a variety of carbohydrates; fresh bread, pita, chapati, … Continue reading

vegetarian cottage pie

The shepherd’s or cottage pie is something I have only read about in English storybooks.   I learned later that it was the quintessential peasant food made with leftover meat and mashed potatoes. I recently saw it being made on America’ test kitchen and it looked like it could be tasty. I decided to try … Continue reading

We are having a chili contest at the office today. What’s the vegetarian to do to have an acceptable entry?  I feel like the proverbial cat with a long tail in a room full of rocking chairs. Off to the market to find good ingredients.  Let’s make this as fresh as possible and see if … Continue reading

An early fall Sunday. The air is wet with rain and the birds a screaming with joy in the yard. The weather begins to cool and I start to think soup.  I have some squash and assorted color carrots and potatoes. Fresh herbs and tomatoes form the garden are still plentiful.  Soup sort of cooks … Continue reading

My five year old daughter loves to cook with me.  Actually, like most children, she love to participate and help with what I am doing.  Be it raking leaves, loading or unloading the dishwasher  tidying a closet.  She will jump in cheerfully with a “naanum pannattumaa?”  (Can I do this also?) and her help is … Continue reading