The goodness of legumes couldn’t have been emphasized enough during my childhood days. Having to eat it often for breakfast was not something I enjoyed. However, tastes like many other factors in life change over time. My adult taste buds started to evolve and enjoy flavors that I once detested. So, legumes found its path into my kitchen to kindle a new adventure. In addition to cooking it traditionally, I now enjoy sprouting them and making salads as a refreshing side dish.
Cooking legumes is not Continue reading
The art of painting usually connects one’s thinking to an artist brushing strokes with a range of colored pigments. But going back to the 1800s, one would find art that was not only astounding visually but the style of art itself was enough to make one’s jaw drop in disbelief. Georges Seurat, a French painter from that period, introduced ‘Pointillism’, a technique of painting which like the term speaks for itself, uses dots.
Inspired by Seurat’s famous painting, ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte‘ in which he uses pointillism technique, I decided to do my version of this technique to create some magic Continue reading
International travel may sound exotic until you are half way across the globe on a long flight. Top this with long layovers of six hours or more and then time will seem to move at a snail’s pace. My last trip to India via Singapore had a twelve hours layover and I cringed at the very thought of it but sought out to take advantage of the many services Singapore airport had to offer.
The airport has many interesting features to keep both adults and kids entertained Continue reading
How connections between the Moon, Earth, and the Sun play their part in unveiling the magic of life under the ocean, is a matter of science. But when this magic happens, I don’t dive into the scientific aspects, instead I let the child in me unite with the curiosity and wonder of my daughter, and together we venture out to take advantage of this phenomena, explore and enjoy the extravaganza.
High tides and low tides are not eventful enough to write about here but negative tides are something that tug at my heart, inspiring me to blog my experience with it. Last Sunday, December 3, 2017 saw this happen at the world-famous Continue reading
Posted in Nature
Tagged Half Moon Bay, low tide, Maverick's Surfing Spot, nature, negative tide, pacific ocean, Pillar Point, reef, sea anemones, sea stars, sea urchin, starfish, super moon, tide pools
Heading down towards the central valley of California, views of the vast agricultural lands of almond trees, orange orchards, and lush vineyards competing with varieties of dry grass is all that will greet you . Who would ever imagine that there are nature’s own breathtaking niches somewhere hidden beyond? Thanks to the inquisitive, daring and relentless people who have gone ahead and explored such wonders of nature.
A visit to Yosemite National Park has been on my to-do list for a long time, but has never made it to my priority list until recently. So, my family and I decided to hit the roads and do a day trip to Yosemite to Continue reading
Posted in California, Travel, USA
Tagged Bridal Veil, California, El Capitan, Glacier Point, Half Dome, John Muir, mountains, nature, waterfalls, Yosemite, Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park
Something about eras gone by, stirs both the conscious and the subconscious depths of mankind. Is it mystery of the past kindling one’s curiosity or the need to connect with times of old? Whatever the reason, I succumb to it, to learn, be inspired and sometimes restore things that are lost.
Who would imagine that junk cars from bygone times could inspire the art world? Not me, until one day, I had to venture into the junkyard to stimulate some creative juices to flow, so I could get my art assignment started. I will blog on that some time later, but for now I will continue to write about the beauty of old automobiles, some made more interesting by the natural elements in the environment.
It is interesting to find two people from different walks of life being drawn to the same thing for distinctively different reasons yet feel Continue reading
The beauty of country cooking lies in its simplicity and innovative way of dishing something out of ordinary ingredients while teasing the palettes of the most finicky eater. While the urbanites might find some of these exotic, their rural Continue reading
Posted in Vegetarian Sides
Tagged bathua, cooking, fat hen, garbanzo, goosefoot, greens, Indian, lamb's quarters, side dish, South India, vegan, vegetarian
Kale smoothies, soups, and even chips have flooded the health-and-fit avenues. How about experimenting it with ingredients from the land of spice – India? Not just generic Indian Continue reading
Posted in Vegetarian Sides
Tagged accompaniment, cooking, greens, healthy, Indian, kale, poriyal, recipe, side dish, South India, vegan, vegetarian
Well, in recognition of this almost vintage ironing contraption, I created the ceramic iron box seen in both the pictures on this post. Stains, engobes, and Continue reading
Every generation has its own inventions to pass on to the next which undergoes changes for the better. But their roots are most often forgotten or still worse, unknown to many of us down the years as they are buried under periodical revolution. One such gadget which makes me nostalgic is the charcoal Continue reading
Posted in Vintage
Tagged art show, ceramic, charcoal iron box, clothes, coal iron box, gadget, India, invention, iron box, Ohlone, pottery, press, Vintage