Simple bulgur pilaf with summer vegetables

We’ve been trying to move towards more nutritious grain. Bulgur is pretty great – back in India we ate ‘dalia’ as breakfast cereal quite a lot on weekends, both sweet as well as savory. It packs in quite a bit of protein and fiber. For dinner this week, we brought in a lot of summer…

Chick pea – roasted eggplant stew

I was introduced to this dish by my mother in law at Thanksgiving last year. My father in law is a vegetarian and so this was his protein dish. Right after my first bite, I had to restrain myself from digging in for more: after all, Dad could not eat the turkey (Which also was…

Avocado Cookies

I don’t usually invent new dishes. I prefer to stick to recipes that have been tested by mothers and grandmothers for generations, or, failing that, one good blogger. But that was before Joy the Baker introduced me to the idea that one could use avocado instead of butter when baking. I tried her chocolate cake…

Roasting cauliflower

Cauliflowers are beautiful here in Northern California. I’ve seen gorgeous heads appear week after week at our local farmers markets. We usually make the usual aloo-gobhi, or some sort of curry, but these days I am really into roasting vegetables. Wash a medium cauliflower head, discard the stems and dry it with a paper towel….

Roasted Vegetable Tacos

Ever since we’ve moved to Northern California, we’ve been trying to be very good about cooking seasonally. Even though it really is quite pleasant all year round here, I have been waiting for the summer. This is when the produce explosion hits. June just got here, and indeed, the farmer market is in full bloom….

Marmalade!

It has been a very long time since I wrote here. The reason is simple: it was a very hectic year. We moved to California and work’s been busy. So personally for me, cooking took a back seat and my patient wife took up the reins, um, spatula. This blog post in fact is dedicated…

Cherry Clafouti

This has so far been the year of easy recipes.One of my favorite restaurants in CT serves a delicious, although heavy pear/almond clafouti. I looked it up and found a really simple recipe on Chow.com:  http://www.chow.com/recipes/29695-cherry-clafoutis-clafouti It really was ready an hour after I read it – mmm! I think the recipe here is a slight…

Lamb Burgers (With Indian spices)

We took a NY Times recipe, changed it a tad and have spent the last couple of dinners satisfying the hankering for lamb burgers. We’d never made lamb burgers before – but everything thankfully went according to plan. We made them on a pan – this worked out really well since lamb has more fat…

Poached pears

I am usually not big on looking up recipes, and when I do look them up – it is mostly to try and learn some technique I need. I am not sure why, but a few weeks ago I had the hankering for poached pears. Actually – I do know why. We’d gone fruit picking,…

Cooking for a friend

This one’s a bit of a whimsical entry. Last week we got to play restaurant. A friend brought his new squeeze over for a date – and we cooked for them as well as a few other friends. We decided on a menu earlier – dishes we thought would go over well. Then out we went…