Thursday, July 30, 2015

Container gardening in the patio

I do a lot of container gardening in the patio. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know how much I depend on coleus for lasting color in the patio. Every  year, I experiment with different color combinations of coleus. Those vibrant colored coleus never fail to satisfy me year after year. 





I love this color combination of plants in the following container. Persian shield, variegated geranium, Japanese painted fern, creeping jenny and silver falls.







Two different colored shrimp plants with Persian shield







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Monday, July 20, 2015

Kitchen garden tour in July

For past two days, it has been raining in LA, which is very unusual. Here in California, we are in the middle of drought, desperate for rain. When we see rain, we feel like celebrating with a happy dance. My kitchen garden is very happy soaking up all rain drops. Here is what is growing in my kitchen garden.

Sun gold tomato. It is my favorite salad tomato. If you never tried growing this tomato, give it a try. I am sure you won't be disappointed. 




Indian red spinach

Indian sorrel (gongura), very popular South Indian green vegetable. I make chutney and curries with it



I do pause and enjoy the view often. I love the view from here.






Ridge gourd. It tastes more like zucchini


Bitter melon. Very good for people with diabetes.


Bitter melon greens are popular greens to stir fry in Philippine.



Bulls-blood beets. This particular variety of beets are primarily grown for leaves to eat in salads and stirfrys.



Rainbow swiss chard. I stir fry leaves with olive oil and garlic. Delicious!


Eggplants


Indian beans



Opo squash


With all the vegetables there are many herbs I grow in the kitchen garden.

Dill


Ivy gourd(tindora) vine. An another favorite vegetable of mine


Komali's kitchen garden is not complete without myriad of chilies. I like spicy food. 


Variegated sage


Through out the kitchen garden, many terracotta pots filled with herbs


Sweet potato vine. I learned very recently that you can eat sweet potato greens. 


Super green kale


Curry leaf plant. Curry leaf is a herb widely used in South Indian  cusine.


Tamarind tree. I don't know whether I will be able to get tamarind out of this tree, but I am planning to use tamarind greens in dals and curries.


Hope you enjoyed touring my kitchen garden. There are many more herbs and vegetables share in future posts. 

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Family meals

I love family and friends to gather around the table for a meal not only to savor the food but to socialize and spend time together. My favorite place to gather for breakfast is right next to my kitchen garden.

The view is breathtaking. From here you can see the garden below, the palm trees and mountains. It's the perfect place to sit and have breakfast, don't you think?



Shakshuka





This is another time when my friends came for a visit. Blueberry muffins are a standard at my breakfast table around this time of the year.



We enjoy many meals at this spot, including salsa and chips. 


For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes),please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.




Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Indian wedding : The reception

After the mehindi and the wedding, the reception is the finale to Sunitha's and Sridhar's wedding celebration. Love the elegant color theme at the reception.





Dance floor ceiling is covered with greenery and white flowers 



The cake





The stage


At each place setting, there is a thank you note from the bride and groom. Nice touch!


Here is the surprise guest, the singer John Legend performing at the reception. As expected he was phenomenal!






 Evening ended with folk dances



For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes),please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.