Sweet dumpling squash with Ras El Hanout and Farro

These are delightful winter beauties… you fall in love when you go to the winter remains of the farmers market with the variety of pumpkins and squashes. I am not much for decorating with them so just want to find the ones that are delicious to cook Sweet Dumpling Squash – the sweetest of them…

Thai Vegetable Soup

The simplest soups are sometimes the best…warm, tangy and so good for the soul. This soup is simple and this soup is good and this soup is nourishing. It was ready is just 20 mins and made this chilly winter day just a little bright. The fridge was left with a depleting stock but I…

Lamb Shanks with Harissa, Saffron and Apricots

Thanksgiving and the holiday season is here….a lot of us think about food ( I do), what to make that feeds the soul and brings a deep smile to friends and family. A lamb shank where the meat falls off the bone….just right with apricots and saffron. This has a Mediterranean flair and is a…

Tandoori Salmon with Pomegranate Walnut Chutney

A kicked up spiced salmon that is so easy and quick to make. Just marinate and bake. I have made it a little fancier by pairing with turnip greens and a pomegranate walnut radish chutney. This would make a great weeknight night dinner. You make the chutney ahead of time and refrigerate. The greens can…

Lemongrass Lettuce Cups

There are so many varieties of lettuce available these days that it would make your head spin. Rich in vitamin A and K and deficient in calories, it is a low carb alternative that accompanies us in salads around the globe. Butterhead – Also known as Boston or Bibb lettuce has a sweet flavor and tender texture…

Rista – Kashmiri Cuisine

From the land of dreamers, poets, artists, emperors and saints comes a cuisine that inspires all your senses. Modern Kashmiri cuisine  tracks its history to 15th century when Timur ( a Turco-Mongol conqueror)  invaded India which led to the migration of 1700 skilled woodcarvers, weavers, architects, calligraphers and cooks from Samarkand to the valley of…

Thai curried butternut squash soup

Fall is here…you feel the nip in the air and the leaves have started to fall and form the red and gold carpet . When I look outside it reminds me of a Faiz poem This is the way that autumn came to the trees: it stripped them down to the skin, left their ebony…

Quinoa and black beans stuffed peppers

Peppers are just delicious, sweet and versatile. I had a lot growing in my garden but the crop is over now so  these were a great find at the farmers market. According to wikipidia  The bell pepper is the only member of the Capsicum genus that does not produce the  chemical that can cause a strong burning sensation…

Spice Crusted Tuna with Greens and roasted vegetables

When you find perfect wild Albacore tuna steaks, you just want to come home and cook them. Cook may be a strong term for these beautiful steaks…just seared for a 1-2 minutes does the trick. Delicious, soft succulent melting with the veggies and soft boiled eggs.

Zucchini Noodles with Turkey meatballs

When the spiralizer came into the house many months ago, we were thrilled to create exciting salads and dishes with spiralized beets, carrots, cucumber, zucchini etc….It is a fabulous tool and easy to visualize new and exciting recipes when you look at the pretty noodles of a wide array of vegetables. What I never really…

Watermelon Cucumber Gazpacho

A hot fiery day outside or a warm fall afternoon, a perfect watermelon from the farmers market, heirlooms tomatoes, serrano chilies and cucumbers from the garden. It all calls for a perfectly chilled gazpacho smothered in watermelon. The serrano chilies break into the sweetness, the mint heightens it to superb levels…the rest you will just…

Tales of Kashmiri breads – Girda and Lavasa

Returning to Kashmir after 2 years was bitter sweet. While the city was encased in sorrow and the shroud of curfews, hartals and brutal clashes, the beauty of the land demanded to be noticed in an eerie quietness..no traffic, no business, empty streets, barbed wires and overbearing military presence made the resilient majestic land proudly…