A simple yet flavor packed vegetarian meal - Zaatar Roasted Cauliflower Brussel Sprouts, dreamily dressed with Maple Mustard Sauce. The grey skies and gloomy days needed a vibrant plate of food and it sure did cheer our mood.
Warm and silky to the palate with a hint of heat from the fresh ginger. This 5- ingredients Roasted Carrot Ginger Soup can warm you inside out! I can go for a bowl of soup anytime of the year but on days when I am under the weather, a hearty bowl of soup feels just right.
Can we ever have enough of appetizers in our party menu? I always lean towards making more appetizers than the main course. You nibble, sip, chat around and then come back for more snacks. It’s a good rhythm. This Fennel Roasted Strawberries with Labneh Crostini is one of those easy appetizers that you could serve at your holiday parties. The Labneh is creamy, mildly sweet from the strawberries. You spread it on tiny crusty bread slices and it’s turns into crostini.
Roasted chickpea flavored with garlic, chili and fresh mint makes for a light and nutritional snack to kill that odd hour hunger pang. Scattered on plain yogurt or tossed with salad, layered on toast or just plain, accompanied with a chilled fizzy drink. Either way, it’s addictive and guilt free!
After a heavy lunch and several super tight hugs to all the lovely folks, I left from Carmel Valley Ranch with a bag full of goodies from the CA Strawberries Tour. My chauffeur (yes, I got a fancy ride for the tour) was a very interesting tall lady with grey hair and a very loving personality. What I assumed to be a boring drive, which is why I even carried a book with me, turned out to be quite the opposite. We chatted the whole time! We discussed recipes, seasonal ingredients, cherry picking, strawberry picking and how it gave her…
These past few weeks have been really crazy. I missed my camera, missed visiting my favorite blogs and there is so much to catch up. In between all the packing and unpacking, I was hardly getting any time to breathe. Yes, we moved to a new apt and we are still settling down. Today, I found some time in hand to share one of our all-time favorite sauce for pasta, favorite spread for bread and favorite dip for the chips - Pesto!
Don't get alarmed by the name.. give me a chance to explain. When I was working in Bangalore, every Friday, I and my friend had to work on this boring task of allocating resources to the projects. I am not going to go into a detailed explanation of the task but believe me when I say that for those few months, this was one hell of a friday job that made us go crazy at times.