Pumpkin soup with fresh herbs

I was at the India grocery store last week and I asked the storekeeper for pumpkin. He helpfully went in the back and cut me a fresh two pund slice of a yellow sweet variety! Yikes!  What I had wanted was the white ash pumpkin.  I has said “pooshinikkai” and he insisted that this was … 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

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

Readers must know by now that I enjoy both making and eating soups and usually make them with whatever vegetables I have available. I use fresh herbs when available and any combination of spices that I think will work well together. It means that my soups never taste the same and there is some risk of … Continue reading

Okra is one of my all time favorite vegetables.  No vegetable stall we frequented in India would be without this ubiquitous ancient mallow.  In curries, in sambar, and in other assorted sauces with fresh cocunut, okra was just delicious.  My mother would make the best dry okra curry with thin slices of okra sauteed in … Continue reading

This entire blog and facebook page all got started because I mailed a jar of lemon pickles to my friend Barbara Segal. She’s a wonderful artist and she made me a bright and colorful thank you card that adorns my refrigerator to this day. I loved the bright rich colors and I persuaded her to … Continue reading

  Whenever my regrigerator fills up with vegetables a little voice inside my head cries out “soup”. Summer or winter, I find soup a satisfying cooking and culinary experince when served with good bread and cheeses or salads. Last week I had group of musicians visiting from India. One of them, the young singer, softly … 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