I love the gentle, yet complex taste of leeks. In omelets, in curries, stews, and soup, leeks make for a more complex set of flavors that boost every dish. I was introduced to this leek and potato soup years ago as a teenager in Europe. I have never been able to reproduce that “je ne … Continue reading

This is a fairly robust and flavorful soup. The key is to roast the vegetables so they caramelize and add that smoky, roasted flavor to the soup.  Fresh herbs add a lot of flavors. Use locally available herbs and substitute dry herbs if you must. It can be made dairy free and completely vegan or … Continue reading

Fresh Guacamole

On the last day of a family visit, my cousin Cheenu suddenly asked me if he could have guacamole.  Living in Ohio, fresh avocado is not on my springtime shopping list.  As luck would have it, I was able to find a ripe avocado at Trader Joe’s and was hurriedly able to fulfill his request on … Continue reading

the simple rasam

As the title implies, this is a quick shortcut to making that ubiquitous South Indian comfort food, rasam.  The name itself means, nectar, essence or ambrosia.  In the hands of the right cook, it is quite clearly the latter.  I have included several rasam recipes, but there is always one more. There are as many … 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

This is a soup that will get you adopted if you make and take it to your neigbors’ for dinner.  I have loved leek and potato soup since the first time I had it as a young boy stdying in England. It stuck to your ribs and warmed you up. The only times I ever … Continue reading

My grandmother would always be experimenting in the kitchen with leftovers;  trying to come up with variation to make unassuming leftovers seem more appetizing . She would suddenly emerge from the kitchen with her latest creation in her hands and pop it into the mouth of the nearest grandchild.  Some of this must have rubbed … Continue reading

Leek and carrot soup

This is an easy and heart warming soup that will stick to your ribs on a winter night. Like most soups, its quite easy to make with what you have in the fridge.  Except for the leeks, everything else is optional and can be substituted out. I was cooking in a big hurry for a … Continue reading