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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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Passion for David Austin roses.

At the moment I have a passion (or obsession) for old-fashioned David Austin roses. I love that intoxicating aroma that fills the air each time I bring them into the house which tea roses can't reproduce. I planted lots of climbing roses last spring all around the garden. I will do an another post about climbing roses from my garden soon. Do you have a favorite rose?






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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Amazing all white engagement party

This is the continuation of my previous post about the pre-engagement party. The next day was the main engagement party for the newly engaged couple given by the bride's parents. 
Nothing is more classy and elegant than white. It was a simply gorgeous event at the St. Monarch's Resort in Dana Point, CA.


I like any event that is well executed from start to finish. Before we talk about the party, we need to talk about the invitation. The invitation was arrived in a small box. When you open the box, the invitation was encased in a piece of white burlap. When you open the burlap, there was a simple but elegant invitation inside. To finish it off, it was tied with a white gardenia flower.  I love the simplicity and elegance of this invitation. The same white and green theme was carried throughout the event.


Appetizers were served outdoors at this location.  The view was to die for!


After the cocktail hour, heading towards the site


Place cards were hung from the long, green arrangement


When we entered the hall, it was a sight to behold. Incorporating green brought an organic touch to the event.


We all know great design is in the details. At this table, a touch of matte gold added regality and warmth to the table. Beautiful matte gold and a touch of green paired with different shades of white was very glamorous with out overdoing it. This table transported guests to a magical place. Wow!


The table was regal and natural at the same time. I just love it!






Detail: Votive candle holders and their slightly imperfect shape added a vintage touch and texture to the table that plain glass or gold can't reproduce. It was the right touch at the right place.
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Detail: Notice the table numbers card carried the same theme as the invitation


Detail: Matte gold on the seat cushions match the edge of the napkin


Same green carried to the ceiling


Love that green with sparkles of crystal


Detail: The same gardenia and greenery theme from the invitation was carried to the napkin




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.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Pre - engagement party

Last month was filled with engagements, weddings and graduations. Among other events, I had the privilege of attending a good friend's daughter's two day engagement party. What you see here is a pre-engagement party for a few close friends and family. It was not only grand but also a beautifully choreographed event indeed.



The focal point of the site were these tissue paper garlands, which set the theme for the event. These tissue paper flowers were hand dyed with shades of peach, pink, coral, orange and shades of white.


Gold embroidered linens accented with gold pleated chairs


Beautifully set table with seagreen, gold, and shades of orange




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.