Thursday, October 19, 2017

Deepawali


Happy Deepawali!




Today is Deepawali(festival of lights), very important religious holiday for Hindus. 
Wish all my friends, family and readers around the world very happy prosperous Deepawali to you all!

For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes),please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Weekend table

This is the table from last weekend. If you notice, it uses the same centerpiece from the previous post (the original centerpiece was used at breakfast). When I want to use the same centerpiece in a different setting I change it a bit by adding or deleting to make it look different. In this case, since I am setting the table in the kitchen I incorporated Thai basil into the centerpiece. The bronze color foliage with orange dahlias adds contrast and interest.












For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes),please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Weekend flowers

Over the weekend, I was entertaining two groups of people. Whenever I entertain, my first task is to make flower arrangements for the entire house. These are the few arrangements from my weekend entertaining.












For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes),please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.




Monday, August 28, 2017

Garden Party 5: The finale - dessert buffet

This is my last post about the garden party. My garden party ended with a sweet note:  The Dessert Buffet. Your guests may not remember what they eat for dinner, but they will always remember the dessert at the party. I took advantage of the garden space and served appetizers, drinks, dinner and dessert at a different location, so that guests could enjoy the different parts of garden.



Of course, my garden parties are never the same without my signature dessert: fruit tarts. The recipe can be found in my first book, Entertaining from an Ethnic Indian Kitchen.


Since there is so much color on the table and around, I kept the centerpiece to the minimum by using my favorite maiden heir fern in a beautiful container. On this table I could even have done without the centerpiece.






For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes),please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Garden party 4: Farm to table dinner

This is a continuation of the posts regarding the garden party after the harvest, centerpieces, and garden tour. I love to entertain during summer using produce from the garden.  Other than chicken, all the ingredients for the dinner came from the garden. Main focus of the dinner is garden fresh vegetables, but for a few carnivorous friends, I had to include chicken biryani.


Three different kinds of rice, chicken biryani, lemon rice and beetroot rice. I love the festive colors from the garden. Lemons and beets are opulent in the garden right now.




Six different chutneys and  pickles were served. Chutneys and pickles are quintessential to Andhra Indian cuisine. The long squash in the background of the following picture is Italian heirloom squash from the garden.


Vegetarian curries


The next post will be the finale to the meal: dessert buffet

For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes),please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Garden party 3: Garden tour

This is the continuation of garden party series of posts after the harvest and the centerpieces. On the day of the party, we started of the party with tomato tasting and garden tour.
I forgot to photograph, the actual tomato tasting(it is hard to be the host and a photographer). 

Small basket full of cherry tomatoes are as party favors to all attending guests.


Part of tomato tasting from on of the guests cell phone






After touring the main garden, everyone headed towards their favorite destination, the kitchen garden. If you are a regular reader to my blog, you know that my kitchen garden is on top of the hill.


 As we headed towards kitchen garden we harvested some ripened figs on the way to snack on. They are as sweet as candy


Left side of the kitchen garden



As you see in frunt of the kitchen there is a picket fence. Without wasting any space, I grow tindora and squash on the picket fence. 



Red spinach


Eggplant


Turmeric plant. Turmeric root grows under ground just like ginger



bitter melon


Ridge gourd vine



Beans on the other side of the fence

Beetroot

Indian cucumber(dosa kaya)


Of course, never ending supply of tomatoes

 Moringa tree

Ripened chillies to make pickle





My guests were very impressed to see all different kinds of vegetables growing in the garden.

After the garden tour, we headed towards farm to table dinner. Next post will feature the dinner.

For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes),please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.

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