Blood Orange & Meringue Tarts with Lauren Cooper

My friend Lauren, if you haven’t already gleaned from my Instagram, has been my culinary cohort this year. With eighteen years of catering under her belt and a pastry chef for just the same, Lauren brings expertise to my humble love of cooking and creating in the kitchen. I’ve always got a head full of ideas from my travels and she’s always up to join me to try out my culinary crazy and raise me one (or many) with her culinary insights. We’ve worked together this year cooking and styling... Read The Rest →

Beetroot Hummus Tartine

It feels as though summer may have sighed her final, warm sigh. I suppose the final days of summer are like the final days of your baby awakening in the night; you wish them away, begging for sleep, only to lie awake one night, longing for the sweet smell of that same baby curled in your lap in the still of the night. But she never calls. In the thick of it you feel like those nights will last forever, but then one day they are simply gone. Last week was still impossibly... Read The Rest →

Watermelon Fresh Lime Soda

The very first thing you learn in India, is to drink fresh lime soda. If it isn’t the first thing you learn, it should be the very second. In A Historical Dictionary of Indian Food, it is dubbed, “The supreme quencher of Colonial thirst.” A hit of sugar, which anyone will tell you is the breath of life in your 4:00 pm tea or coffee, just the boost you need to get you through the last hours of the day and well into the steamy and electrifying South India night. A dash... Read The Rest →

Lemon Rice

  This is the dish from our time in Chennai, that I cook the most. It is equally as satisfying for breakfast with an egg and filter coffee as it is for lunch with an ice cold glass of sweet lime soda, and as good hot as it is cold. It appeals to the entire stadium of taste buds and senses, as it is a little crunchy, a little sweet and a little sour and salty, too. This dish, like most south Indian dishes, initially seemed intimidating, given it’s complex... Read The Rest →

Madras Mary

Summer is here and with a house-full of kids, plans to play in the sun all day, you’d better believe I’m dreaming of weekend mornings and long brunches complete with Bloody Marys. Our biggest plans during our summers back in the United States are to simply stay put and enjoy the fruits of the season, the green grass, the fireflies twinkling in our yard, popsicles on the porch and the many parks with in walking or biking distance to our house. We’ll take a short trip to the Pacific Northwest in... Read The Rest →

Tamil Nadu Fish Fry

Famed as the “World’s Longest Beach,” Chennai’s Marina Beach, is alive long before the sun rises, a sandy village awakening. The sea brings all people in all forms for ritual feedings of a million pigeons, a fury of tangled nets and surprise catches, variable goodie bags of sea-life. However, when the sun is high the beaches of Tamil Nadu become largely abandoned. Unlike most of the world’s beaches, it’s clock set a little to the left of center and for good reason. In the heat of the day fisherman and locals scamper... Read The Rest →

Curried Carrot- Ginger Soup

This recipe was inspired by a recipe I spied on the Kitchn, one of my favorite sites for recipes and kitchen tips. Since our return from India, I just can’t bring myself to use the standard grocery”curry powder” anymore. There is simply nothing curry-like about it.  For this recipe, I used a very special blend that I hand carried home from Mrs. Rita. I’m working on getting her recipe to share with you, until then, cruise to your local Indian grocery (believe me, you have one!) or Amazon and pick up a box of Kitchen... Read The Rest →

Cumin Coffee // Recipe

  Cumin plays an elemental role in our kitchen. From recipes handed down by my husband’s Lebanese grandmother, to our shared mutual love of Mexican and Southwestern food from our days spent in the hospitality industry. Cumin is unequivocally our favorite spice. South India has made me a believer in many things, not the least of which is the importance of freshly roasted and ground spices. I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to buy masalas off of the shelves of a supermarket again and I’ll certainly always roast... Read The Rest →

Sweet Cakes // Funfetti

  I always love an excuse to bake a cake, especially when it means that I don’t have to eat that cake all by myself. When our beloved housekeeper, Mrs. Rita, asked that I bake a cake for her grandson’s 2nd birthday last Friday, I was on the job. This is one of my favorite cakes for kids parties and if we’re being honest, I baked it for Paul’s 40th birthday party, too. One is never too old for funfetti. This recipe is just like the original Funfetti of your... Read The Rest →

Mango // A Season

  Some of my favorite places on earth experience all four seasons. It is one of the things I miss most about my home in the Pacific Northwest, but the life we lead often takes us to exotic places around the planet that know only a season or two. Instead of mourning the loss of my sweet winter, spring, summer and fall, I began to instead embrace the different types of seasons in their place. In Brazil we had only a dry season and a wet season. The dry season... Read The Rest →

Want to travel to India?

  You’re in luck! The fabulous Drea of the stylish and popular blog www.ohdeardrea.blogspot.com is hosting a trip here, well not here to Chennai exactly, but to North India. Drea (with the travel expertise of Above The Clouds) is planning a trip in the spring that is full of everything I love about India, including: exploration of it’s arts, culture, food and religion. For more information on the trip go here, check out some photographs of mine she is sharing, and link up for what is sure to be an amazing... Read The Rest →

 
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