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

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

  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

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

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

Guest Chef Saras brings us another delicious yet simple stew. Her traditional recipes are marked by her simple steps and ease of preparation.

Soups have been a wonderful source of creativity for me. Like a golf game, no two soups are ever alike. The ingredients, combinations, proportions and methods all offer the possibility of infinite variation in flavor, color, consistency and texture. My mother would make a vegetable soup in India with a fresh tomato base and lentil … Continue reading

Although “Chakkarai” in tamizh means sugar, it is also alternatively used to mean something that is sweet. Chakkarai Pongal is the sweet cousin of the more popular Venn (Savory) Pongal. Normally I make the sweet pongal available here. This results in a perfectly delectable pongal. But this time I wanted to shake things up a bit!

My soups are really about available vegetables and the mood of the moment. John and Sally were coming to dinner and I had come home late from work, it was a cold day with 6 inches of snow on the ground and I had some butternut squash.  So I started with this soup to be … Continue reading