Friday, August 12, 2016

Quinoa Salad & Other Things

Quinoa salad with cucumber and pomegranate
Quinoa, the wonder food does not often make its appearance in my kitchen. But it came in handy today as I wanted something really light for lunch instead of going through the rice/curry rigmarole. So a refreshing quinoa salad it was. With cubes of tender cucumber, pomegranate arils, coriander leaves and a dressing that somehow I end up making. This has honey, salt, freshly-ground pepper, lemon juice, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
With my younger son's recent visit to Vietnam, my interest in Vietnamese food led me to buy this book. It came yesterday and as of now, I am lost in the culinary delights of this fascinating country I hope to visit some day. The picture below shows my modest collection of cookery/ cookery-related books piled high for the benefit of a photo.
 
My recent trials in my kitchen was a guava cake made with home-grown guavas. It had a crumb topping and didn't look all that good but the taste was extremely delicious. That's what my siblings and nieces told me. 

Another attempt has been baking nutella/chocolate babka. I'm so glad I live in a city where I have several nieces and a couple of nephews who love to try out my cooking. So there is no dearth of 'tasters'!:)
Nutella babka

Out in my front yard, this peach rose added life to an otherwise drab garden.

And in my sister's garden, the milk and wine lilies are getting ready to put on a grand show!
There will no posts here for the next 6 days or so as I'm leaving with my husband for Delhi tomorrow for his health check-up. Keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best!
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