Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Flower arranging

I have been absent from blogging for a while now. I was on my annual visit to see my mom in India. While I was away, Southern California got lots of rain, way more than I could dream of. Everything started blooming, including my lilac vine, acacia, and pink proteas. 

As you know, all the flowers featured in this blog comes from my own backyard. 


Vine Lilac





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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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Getting ready for Christmas: Gift wrapping

Wrapping presents is the important task for getting ready for Christmas.  I like to wrap my presents in a simple but elegant way. I don't like to buy various patterns of wrapping paper anymore. I keep brown and white craft paper in my gift wrapping arsenal along with different colored cords, raffia and a variety of ribbons. This year, all gifts were wrapped with brown craft paper and different colored cords to tie the knot.












 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, December 6, 2016

Living arrangements

A couple of days ago, I was at Home Depot shopping for poinsettias for the house. At the time, I came across miniature flowering plants. Instead of poinsettias, I come home with multiple potted plants to make living arrangements around the house. These arrangements can last all through the holidays and beyond. For the upcoming spring, I will plant all these plants in the patio. This is the best way to stretch my dollar, don't you think?

This arrangement is made with bronze-colored  syngoniums, pink flowering azaleas, African violet, Hesperozygis 'Supermint Midnight Mojito' and a miniature orchid.








Here is an another one, made with anthuriums, fern lemons, two African violets, candy corn, and a miniature orchid.





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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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Amazing wedding venue

Recently, I attended a wedding of a very dear friend's son, outside Austin, Texas at Camp Lucy Sacred Oaks. This was my first time in Texas.  As a nature lover, I enjoyed the picturesque countryside  from downtown Austin to Camp Lucy.  What a ride it was!
When we reached the venue, I was in awe of the rustic setting and those majestic oaks. It was a serene, breathtakingly beautiful setting in nature. It was a gorgeous site indeed. Here are some photos I wanted to share with you all.








Those magnificent oak trees








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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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Thanksgiving Spread 2016

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. For me, when family and friends are healthy, that is the good reason to be thankful and reason enough to celebrate.

The roasted vegetable platter is always a hit at every Thanksgiving. Each and every vegetable is roasted separately and uniquely seasoned.






Two different types of mashed potatoes, plain and turmeric-kale mashed potatoes



Homemade breads, saffron flavored challah and spicy Southwestern dinner rolls





Dessert buffet with pecan and pumpkin pies, persimmon pudding and pumpkin flan


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, November 22, 2016

My Thanksgiving table

Without a doubt, I like tablescapes, especially elegant ones. For Thanksgiving, I enjoy gathering something from the garden and setting the rustic, earthy, natural, organic yet elegant table. Here, I used eucalyptus, proteas, and nandina berries as the background runner for the table. I dotted the entire table with my fall harvest from the orchard, persimmons and pomegranates.  I anchored the table with a Cinderella pumpkin in the middle. My  denby china is picking up pink hues from the pumpkin. Pewter chargers, silver swan salt and pepper shakers, and paisley designed napkins give a bit of an Indian vibe to the all-American holiday.



Small iron bird baths are filled with dried jujubes, another fall harvest from the orchard

















Please check out my recipe for Turmeric-Kale mashed potatoes in my previous post.

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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.