Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Garden party I

This past Sunday, I had a garden party for fifty. Since it was a garden party, my garden had to be weed-free. So I spent lot of time weeding and getting the garden ready for the party.  I like to cook as many things as possible from the garden to keep up with the theme. First, I checked out what was available in the kitchen garden. My harvest dictates my menu.

I harvested opo squash and butternut squash from the vines.

My beans have done very well this year.

Harvested beans to be included in the menu.

Beets are ready to be pulled out of the ground.

I will post Part II of the preparation for the garden party tomorrow.

For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including gluten free recipes), please check out my book, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen, at my website komalinunna.com.

I am joining Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.


  1. Great looking harvest...have never come across opo squash...how do you prepare it and what does it taste like? It sure is a beautiful color.

  2. Mimi, Opo squash is a very common vegetable in India. It is called loki in Hindi and Sorakaya in my mother tongue, Telugu. It tastes something similar to zucchini. For my garden party, I made loki koftas, simmered them in tomato curry gravy. In my book I have featured 3 recipes using this squash.

  3. I am interested in gardening too... how do you deal with the pests? You got such a wonderful harvest. :)

  4. Indrani, I have problems with pests too. If you read my previous posts about gardening You will know about my problems with the pests in my garden. We try to secure the kitchen garden with chicken wire.

  5. wow, fresh vegetables from your own garden--that's wonderful. we call opo squash "upo" and refer to it as gourd.:p

  6. Luna, Yes, opo squash is actually a gourd.

  7. What a wonderful garden harvest!

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