Scenes From Around My Portland Neighborhood

December 9, 2011

These photos are from my neighborhood in north west Portland, where I live. I’ve never lived in an American city before. For the 9 years I’ve been in this country, I’ve always lived in the suburbs (MD, DC/VA). I love living in Portland – it’s a small, quirky, friendly city, its very walkable and the [...]

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Creamy Polenta with Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

December 6, 2011

This creamy polenta with balsamic roasted brussels sprouts recipe is the ultimate comfort food. I love curling up on the sofa with a hot bowl full for dinner. The left overs are great for lunch the next day. Roasting brussels sprouts in the oven till they are caramelized is my favorite way of preparing them. If [...]

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Easy Eggless Chocolate Pudding Recipe. Only 5 ingredients, 10 minutes!

December 2, 2011

  I learned this recipe from Veena aunty, my mother’s friend in India. She is such a fantastic cook, and always so eager to teach others her recipes. I always learn new recipes from Veena aunty when I’m in India. I’ve adapted and simplified the original recipe I learned. After you try this easy eggless [...]

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Drunken Pumpkin Chili Cooked in Oregon Beer

November 29, 2011

If you know how to open a few cans, you can make this vegetarian drunken pumpkin chili recipe. Its that easy! I kept this recipe seasonal by using some pumpkin. You could easily leave out the pumpkin part of the recipe, and still have a very yummy chili. In the summerI use zucchini in this recipe [...]

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Kale and Goat Cheese Mashed Sweet Potato. A Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipe

November 18, 2011

Like me, if you are  sick of serving your guests regular old mashed potatoes, you will love this recipe. This kale and goat cheese mashed sweet potatoes will be the perfect side dish for thanksgiving. And you can easily make it ahead and reheat it in the microwave. I make this recipe using a variety [...]

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Tofu Skin Roulade with Sage Mushroom Stuffing. A Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipe

November 16, 2011

I wanted to come up with a vegetarian thanksgiving recipe this year that can be a beautiful centerpiece on the vegetarian thanksgiving table. Just because you are vegetarian doesnt mean you are doomed to eat a bunch of sides (or tofurky..ugh!) on thanksgiving day. Make this tofu skin roulade with sage mushroom stuffing a day [...]

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Idli Chaat Recipe & an Indian Cooking Kit Giveaway from Veena’s Market

November 14, 2011

  I don’t fry foods very often. But when I do, I make sure its damn good – like this Indian street food inspired idli chaat. This Idli chaat recipe turns fried idlis into a crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, sweet and tangy snack. An idli is a fluffy, steamed rice cake [...]

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Acorn Squash Soup with Chipotle Cream Recipe

November 9, 2011

I am still getting used to all the rain in Portland. I figured my best defense against a foggy, rainy day is a good, thick, creamy soup. My neighborhood food co-op had some great looking acorn squash and I decided to use them for this acorn squash soup with chipotle cream. You can use any [...]

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