Thai Cucumber Relish

Thai Cucumber Relish

My hot take is that the Bay Area’s best food is in the Tri-Valley area. The restaurants may not be as glossy as the ones in San Francisco but so many of my favorite dishes are on the 680 corridor (or close by). This weekend, … read more

Lemony Spinach Broccoli Soup

Lemony Spinach Broccoli Soup

With the passing of the equinox, spring is in full bloom. The world is filled with little buds and leaves growing bigger. On spring days where it is sunny but still cool, a bowl of soup seems to warm my spirit. Inspired by all the … read more

Spinach Parathas | Palak Parathas

Spinach Parathas | Palak Parathas

Everyone in my family loves spinach parathas. These are lightly pan-fried whole wheat flatbreads flavored with spinach puree and spices. My mother-in-law’s spinach parathas are the best and she always makes them hot for my son when we go to visit. To our delight, there’s … read more

Sage Seasoned Cannellini Beans:  A Simple Summer Supper for San Francisco

Sage Seasoned Cannellini Beans: A Simple Summer Supper for San Francisco

The perfect San Francisco summer meal needs to warm you up from the cold, wind and fog creeping over the hills like dragon’s breath.  This recipe hits that spot perfectly and it’s easy too.  With a nice side salad (such as watermelon and feta salad) and … read more

Curried Corn and Potato Soup

Curried Corn and Potato Soup

How do you make a hot summer soup that is hearty enough to be a meal but not siesta inducing?  This question and a picture of a chef shaving off kernels of corn in Ottolenghi’s Plenty serve as the inspirations of this soup. I wanted the soup … read more

Cooking Notes:  Pasta Pomodoro

Cooking Notes: Pasta Pomodoro

A lot of what I eat doesn’t come with a formal recipe.  When I first started cooking, I could not understand how people could cook without recipes yet as I’ve cooked more (and perhaps, become more used to my mother’s cooking notes), more and more … read more