A Few Achievable Adjustments (Not Resolutions) For 2012

Above: In the plane on the way back from Santo Domingo 2011 was a year of great progress and changes. I don’t believe in resolutions because I feel that they are too laden with pressure and high expectations. Instead I try to see where I want to make small adjustments to my…

your worth

cardamon kiss thrushes thick brambles prick you clear the way. newbuds sprout tendrils root love’s born fruit with each new day. time, it tangles patience tested appeals requested rain starts to pour. ultraviolet love radiates dreams procreate worth waiting for. 12.31.11 © Eliza Alys Young

Curried Lentil Soup

Lentil soup is a great winter meal. Lentils are a staple in India and they believe that eating them helps rid the body of fats.  Lentil soup can be made creamy like split pea or more liquid can be added to make it brothy. Shown here served with chopped cilantro and a…

Aloo Paratha (Indian Stuffed Bread)

This is a recipe for Indian Bread Stuffed with Potatoes, also called Aloo Paratha. I made this to bring to where we had Thanksgiving. It was a hit! Once again, this recipe is inspired from this book: Aloo Paratha (Indian Stuffed Bread)   Print Prep time 30 mins Cook time 20 mins…

Holiday Baking 2011

Here is the short list of what I plan to bake this holiday season. I’m sure I will be adding to it… Click on the images to go to the recipes online.   Cherry-Pistachio Nougat For these I used parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray instead of edible rice paper. It was…

Food is Sacred, Food is Love

Yesterday was the first Thanksgiving in over 10 years that I didn’t cook. I did contribute, of course, with Potato Stuffed Paratha and a cucumber raita, but I didn’t cook all day for a change. I was fine with not cooking because, if you follow this blog, you will know that I…

Sex Across Borders

Above: Statues at a Karma Sutra Temple in India Here is my personal experience with the three different cultures. America Our founding fathers were Puritans whose religious beliefs were restrictive to say the least. Sex was viewed as a necessary evil for propagation but sinful for any other reason, certainly not something…

Occupy: Your Independence

I consider myself to be politically aware but not astute. It’s a conscious choice actually. Both my parents grew up in the 60’s, are very liberal and verbal about their views. I am liberal too but I try to stay on the sidelines, watch but don’t participate. My focus is on my…

Pumpkin Seed Pesto Chicken with Olives & Raisins

This dish was a little time intensive but oh so worth it. First I made the pesto and applied it as a marinade to the raw chicken with skin removed and fat trimmed. I covered and placed in the fridge for a couple of hours. Then I saute the chicken with the…

Cheese & Chutney Snacks

I can’t really take full credit for this recipe but as usual, I added my own touch to the inspiration. This is a classic Indian snack which combines Paneer cheese with a chutney middle and then is battered and f fried. The seeds in the batter is what give it a distinct…

A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes

A couple of days ago my daughter Elsa and I watched Cinderella for the umpteeth time. The movie begins with the song, “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes“. And listening to the song, and the familiar story that followed, got me thinking… In our childhood we embrace the fairytale fantasy…

Tortilla Sencilla

Above: A ‘Tortilla’ is a Spanish quiche Tortilla Sencilla   Print Prep time 30 mins Cook time 40 mins Total time 1 hour 10 mins   This is very simple and light. Also looks pretty! Recipe type: Main Serves: 6 Ingredients 2 medium potatoes ½ cup of sliced fresh mozzarella cheese 6…

Deep Dish Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Crust

Deep Dish Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Crust   Print Prep time 1 hour Cook time 30 mins Total time 1 hour 30 mins   Great comfort food. Works best with the leftovers from a roasted chicken Recipe type: Main Course Serves: 8 Ingredients Crust: 1 stick butter cut into chunks 1…

Access to Information = Freedom

I didn’t begin this post with the intention to write anything related 9/11, an event I was only a mile away from during that fateful day, witnessing the drama from my window before evacuating. I wanted to write a post about access to information but lo and behold, it’s really about freedom….

Indian Cultural Society

Ever since I have returned from the Dominican Republic I have felt exhausted at least 80% of the time. I’m used to the intensity that follows one of my trips — all my clients in the U.S. waiting for my time and their projects. And I knew that this trip would be…

Cherry Charlottes

This dessert is really easy and super yummy. Cherry Charlottes   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 35 mins   Great way to use fresh cherries or other summer berries Recipe type: Dessert Serves: 6 Ingredients 3 cups fresh cherries 1 tbsp corn starch 2-3 tbsp sugar…