Making Patra in a North American Kitchen

Last November, I taught a series of gluten-free cooking classes to children with celiac’s disease.  The class was generously hosted in the beautiful kitchen of one of student’s parents.  These parents were amazing cooks themselves, but had realized that their daughter did not want to learn to cook from them, so they brought me in….

Spinach and Chickpea Curry in Yogurt Sauce

It’s allergy season.  It’s also all the seasons every day.  Everyday I spend part of the day freezing and part of the day sticky and hot….or I spend all day carrying around my entire wardrobe.  It’s also the season of being overcommitted.   I’m working every day from about 8am until 10pm for the next…

Butternut Chaat/ Squashpocalypse!

So…I wasn’t kidding when I said that you’d be seeing more of me.   When I’m anxious, I cook.  Also, my kitchen has been over-run with Butternut Squash from my farmshare, so I have a bunch of squash/ pumpkin recipes to share.  My friend John Carlisle Moore gave me permission to use his beautiful Butterbitterbetternot…

A Curried Lentil Salad from Cousin Gary

A few weeks ago, my favourite cousin Gary came to visit me for a few days.  I love my family, and I have a whole slew of awesome cousins.  So, when I say that Gary is my favourite cousin, know that he has beaten out out a dozen or so other amazing cousins for this…

Cauliflower Roasted with Curry and Cashew Butter

I recently wrote about the foods that I miss from my childhood home, Maui.  I decided not to mention an entire genre of delicious hippy cuisine, served up at potlucks, vegetarian and/ or vegan restaurants and health food store lunch counters.  This food is a gleeful mash up of vegetarian food from all over the…

Cauliflower Almond Turmeric Soup

In the summer, I was contacted by an editor at The Guardian who wanted to use my recipe for Sticky Boozy Chocolate Plum Pudding Cake in their 10 Best Plum Recipes article.  I was very, very excited.  It took a couple of months for the article to come out, and while I was waiting I’ll…

Hakurei Turnip and Spring Onion Pakora with Chat Masala/ Farmshare Cooking

We joined a Flatbush Farmshare this Spring!  Vegetables from the Farm at Miller’s Crossing, fruit from Hepworth Farms and eggs from Brookside Farm farm are delivered to an old Church in the middle of our bustling, crowded Brooklyn neighborhood.  They also have milk, yogurt and beef, but I did not decide to buy those.  I know what your thinking.  “How dull….

Baked Pistachio Herb Falafel with Two Sauces

I have been pining after a Tomato, Fennel, Yogurt sauce that I used to make.  It was called Sauce Afghan and it was from my favourite Indian Cookbook Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking by Julie Saini.  To make the sauce you fry onions, fresh tomatoes and yogurt with delicious spices until it separates and thickens…

Saag “Paneer” (vegan)

My husband’s maternal grandparents raised their family in India.  Chris’ grandfather ran an international boarding school in his capacity as a United Methodist Minister.  Chris’ mother and all of his aunts and uncles grew up playing in the foothills of the Himalayas and attending the Woodstock School.  It is easy to see how this experience…