Fruit Crumble with Coconut Topping

It’s the time of the year again – apple picking, abundance berries in the market and fresh cranberries has started popping in the store shelves.  While the weather it is getting cooler, I am starting to bake again – the spices and the baking aroma will fill the house and of course it will make…

Luscious Lemon Bar

With summer around the corner I love making fruity desserts since fresh fruits are readily available in stores.  But the first thing comes to mind on a hot summer day is the cool refreshing freshly made lemonade.  With that in mind, I thought to make this lemon bar which is tangy, sweet and full of…

Trip to Shenandoah National Park

Even though this blog is dedicated to recipes, I couldn’t resist to make a small post about Shenandoah National park that I visited at the end of May.  This park has been in my travel list for the past few years, but due to weather (mostly rain and Thunderstorm) I had to cancel it.  Finally,…

Kale with Edamame

There are many varieties of kale including the ornamental ones that have bright colored leaves such as brilliant white, red, pink, lavender, blue or violet in the interior of the rosette.  The different types of ornamental kale are peacock kale, coral prince, kamone coral queen, color up kale and chidori kale.  Ornamental kale is as edible as any other…

Spicy Barley Pulav with Vegetables

When I was a kid my mother used to make barley water for my grand mother since it has many health benefits.  But I used to hate the smell when barley is being cooked.  With that I never tried any recipes with barley.  Since I started cooking healthy home made lunch meals for work, I…

Vegan Banana Cake

  This is one of the most easiest and quickest cakes I have ever made.  When I say “Vegan Banana Cake”, it might sound like the cake may not be the same as the ones with eggs and butter regarding consistency and taste.  But believe me, even I was a bit reluctant to make this…

Yellow Squash in Green Chili Gravy

I have bought and made dishes out of Zucchini but rarely did I buy yellow squash or called as summer squash.  When I bought the yellow squash, I didn’t even think what I was going to make it out of this vegetable.  After thinking of different recipes and spices, I felt making a curry with…

Red Chilli Coconut Sambol

If you ask any Sri Lankan, everyone will say there are no recipe without coconut.  Coconut is used in all type of curries, gravy, Sambol, Appam, and even in snacks such as Murukku etc. Coconut trees are widely grown all over Sri Lanka and used in dishes by all ethnic groups.  Another thing to note…

Murukku (Mullu Murukku)

Murukku is a famous traditional snack made in India and Sri Lanka for special occasions as well as just for evening tea.  At my home when I was a kid, Murukku is always made for the Tamil New Year along with other sweets and snacks.  There are many variety of Murukkus.  Here I made the…

Sri Lankan Hindu & Buddhist New Year

  In 2018, the Hindu Buddhist New Year falls on April 14 on a specific auspicious time.  The auspicious time differes between Hindus and Buddhists based on the almanac.  The most important aspect of the New Year is making the sweet pongal by Hindus and Kiri Bath by Buddhists along with other sweets and snacks…