Green Pea Soup with Mint

This is a great recipe for using dried peas and the taste is light and fresh. I adapted this from a book of Indian recipes. Green Pea Soup with Mint   Print Prep time 30 mins Cook time 1 hour Total time 1 hour 30 mins   The frozen peas added at…

The Benefits of Cooking with Dried Pulses

I have decided to add a new section to the site under Food for Cooking Tips. I am not a professional chef by any means, nor do I claim to be an expert on nutrition. But I do cook food from scratch, exclusively, and have been for several years. It seems these…

“Buttery” Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Above: Buttery Macaroni & Cheese served with pureed butternut squash, braised kale and fresh tomato “Buttery” Baked Macaroni & Cheese   Print Prep time 30 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 45 mins   The secret ingredient is the butternut squash! I’ve tried other vegetable fillers but this is the best….

Gandhi for a New Generation

Above: Marcos showing off his America collage Last weekend was a holiday weekend ending with Martin Luther King Day. During the school days before the holiday, my kids learned about MLK and his effect on our country’s history. My son Marcos is particularly inquisitive and when he would come home from school,…

Love Yourself Healthy

I think a lot about love — love is what keeps me going day after day: love for my children, for my sweetheart, for creativity, love for life. As for love for myself, well I have that but it seems that it’s like the left over crusts of bread after a great…

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…