Idli Dhokla

I love Dhokla. It’s soft. It’s spongy. It’s moist. It’s tangy. It has just a hint of sweetness. It is flavorful with spices and herbs. It can be as pungent or as mild as you please by devouring the green chilis whole, just nibbling on them or by setting them aside and avoiding them altogether. … More Idli Dhokla

Green Bean Salad

Green beans were on the menu for the holidays but languished forgotten in the refrigerator, never making it from refrigerator to pot to table. I used a few of them with mushrooms, eggs and bread in this morning’s individual breakfast casseroles. The rest of the green beans needed to be used pronto, so I put … More Green Bean Salad

Quinoa Salad

We frequently lose our internet connection (DSL) but usually just for 20 or 30 minutes. We’ve been without internet since this morning and have been told the area-wide outage may not be fixed until late Friday. I’ve discovered I can use internet on my computer through my cellphone. Yipee! I’m going to rush through this … More Quinoa Salad

Indian Style (sort of) Cranberry Pickle

Indian style pickle (achar) has little in common with pickles found in American supermarkets and pantries. Indian pickle is a pungently seasoned condiment preserved with salt and oil. It is, essentially, a product of fermentation, with salt permitting desirable bacteria to thrive while preventing the growth of harmful bacteria. Oil provides the anaerobic environment necessary … More Indian Style (sort of) Cranberry Pickle

Mixed Herb Sauce

Recent rains have the herbs in the garden looking pretty good right now. Some of them will die back when the really cold weather gets here but others, like parsley, flourish in winter. While there are still so many choices I decided to put together an herb sauce. I picked a bunch of parsley, some … More Mixed Herb Sauce

Meal For One

After 43 years of marriage and not even a week after my 66th birthday my wife left me… alone… again. This is not the first time. It happens every year about this time. Faye goes to Arizona for the annual get-together with her Canadian sisters. Meanwhile, until she returns, I am left on my own … More Meal For One