Thursday, August 21, 2014

The 100 foot journey inspired lunch

One of my newly favorite movies is The Hundred Foot Journey. I have watched it two times already. Yes, I liked it that much! In the movie, Hassan, the hero, and his family experienced problems with their car's brakes and got stuck in the French countryside. The heroine, Marguerite, kindly invites them into her home and offers them tea and a tray full of French food with her homegrown vegetables. This afternoon I fed my family with a lunch inspired by The Hundred Foot Journey. Well, as expected, I had to create a platter with what I had on hand with my own touches, such as a garbanzo bean salad flavored with garlic, parsley and olive oil.






For a sweeter note for the tray, I also served some homemade fig ginger jam with crackers.




Two different olive oils to dip the bread


I have never eaten tomatoes grown from the French countryside. But homegrown heirloom tomatoes ripened under the California sunshine are absolutely divine. They taste as good as they look!



We decided to indulge in some French wine for our lunch 


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Monday, August 11, 2014

On my table



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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Garden party: Entertaining with colors and textures from the garden harvest

The colors and textures of my kitchen garden always give me inspiration for my summer entertaining. My garden harvest not only inspires the menu but also the theme and the decor of the event. This was exactly the case with my last garden party.

Instead of using traditional flowers, my colorful kitchen garden harvest was arranged on cake pedestals to decorate the buffet table











The centerpieces were made with zinnias, carrot flowers, dill flowers, bunches of Sun gold tomatoes, hyacinth beans and jasmine vines. Another inspiration from the kitchen garden.



Appetizers were served in one side of the the garden


Spanakopitas were made with beetroot and Indian spices


Dhokla sandwiches


Stuffed mini peppers


My daughter made labels for all the dishes


Buffet table is all set in the patio 


Almost all the dishes were made with my kitchen garden harvest 


Raita, wafers and chutneys. Chutneys are an integral part of Indian food.


Coconut rice and chicken biryani for the carnivorous guests


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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Flower arranging

I am plying with my favorite combination pincushion proteas, succulents and dahlias for my weekly arrangements around the house.




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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kitchen garden update and harvest

This is the time of the year that my kitchen garden goes bonkers and is giving me more than I can handle. I do feel incredibly blessed to have a prolific garden and that I get to savor fresh fruit and vegetables. Well there more hard work that goes into growing organic vegetables than one can imagine. It is frustrating to keep fighting bugs and pests. When I get to harvest these incredible array of vegetables, I forget all that hard work and feel very wealthy.


Ridge gourd vine



Red chilies, ready to harvest


Purple hyacinth beans covering the arbor






Indian beans


I like to incorporate cut flowers into the kitchen garden


Golden tomatoes


 Harvesting



and more harvesting









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