Tuesday, September 20, 2016

September garden tour 1

This is what I am greeted with every day when I step out of the kitchen, bright pink crape myrtles on the slope, golden sienna wonder at the ground level, and orange-colored African tulip tree at the far end of the slope. Love this time of the year in the garden.




Chicken coop. The far end is my home nursery, where I am experimenting with different plants, growing something from the seeds or from a cutting.


Pomegranate trees. The middle tree is the macadamia nut tree.






In future posts, I will be sharing different areas in the garden.

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, September 12, 2016

Nick and Natasha's wedding

After last week's beautiful Sangeet, last Saturday was Nick and Natasha's wedding. Here are some pictures for you to enjoy.

Beautiful bride


Most beautiful bride and groom



In addition to appetizers and drinks that were circulating, there was a station that served bite-sized fruit, tidbits and nuts for guests to enjoy.




As opposed to traditional flowers, the centerpieces were done with a woodland theme. Dainty ferns and lots of wild flowers were arranged with plenty of moss around. Each and every centerpiece was unique and insanely beautiful.


Place cards were designed by the artistic bride and drawn by the very talented groom. I love every single one of them.


Here I am with a few of my friends




Exotic flora and ferns were arranged in individual simple glass vases at the cocktail area


Enjoying the reception with my daughter


All ready for an evening of fun and festivities


The event site was nestled between the Pacific ocean and the Santa Barbara mountains.  
When I reached the table, the menu card was on top of each setting. Underneath that there was a napkin. When you remove the napkin, you see a maiden heir fern on top of a very contemporary white plate. I love little touches like that and attention to detail.  Very elegantly done.

 Here is one example of the arrangement: Unique foliage and dainty white floral sprays, all accented with one lady slipper orchid. Wow! Just beautiful! Candles all along the table lit up the space as the sun fades


Another arrangement with more unique flowers and moss. I couldn't even name many of the flowers used here.



The entire evening felt magical





Congratulation, Natasha and Nick! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness.

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, September 6, 2016

Weekend clicks

I had a very busy and fun-filled weekend. 
My weekend began with brunch with friends from out of town. Brunch is the best way to spend time with your friends.






Then that evening we attended one of our good friend's daughter's Sangeet. A Sangeet is the pre-wedding party, an evening of applying henna on your hands, singing, and dancing, filled with joy. Here are some pictures taken before the party started.


I like the simple but elegant table setting.



Here I am, ready for the gala!


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 29, 2016

On the table: Exotic fruit arrangemenet

Often, I like to display fruit from my orchard in a basket on my kitchen table. This way, I am enticing my family to grab a healthy snack when they are walking around the house. 

Bananas, pomegranates, yellow dates, dragon fruit and strawberry guavas. All are accented with couple of gloriosa lilies.


Yellow dates are from the Asian market




Strawberry guava has an intense guava flavor in every bite. This fruit became my go-to snack while gardening. Love this deep reddish purple bite-sized fruit!



My favorite gloriosa lilies are the perfect accent with the tropical fruit. Both the gloriosa lily vine and strawberry guava tree are newcomers in the garden, but outstanding performers.


 If you have never tried dragon fruit, it tastes similar to a kiwi. 



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 23, 2016

Creating a garden room

This is a garden room outside the family room to sit, relax, and dine with the family.  It is a space that transitions from the house to the garden. Garden walls are created with potted plants filled with beautiful foliage. My entire garden is a tropical garden. This space allows me to experiment with different color schemes. This is my spot to sit and sip a cup of chai overlooking the garden after full day of hard work.



Much needed shade is provided by the jasmine vine on the trellis all day





Different view of the garden






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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

California living

For me, year-round beautiful weather, eating off the land, and outdoor living is the epitome of California living. Al fresco dining is part of California outdoor living. This is the place where we enjoy many meals overlooking the garden. Whatever is growing in the garden becomes a centerpiece for the table. If you have read my previous posts, you know that I am drowning in tomatoes, so those tomatoes became part of my tablescape. Enjoy!








Purple beans, multi-colored cherry tomatoes, Thai basil, oh my! Who needs flowers when you have produce to create a centerpiece like this.











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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